|Getting off work...|
I got off the mid shift at a little past 6am and headed for the Pali Highway and old Pali Road junction to wait for Baron who would arrive at 8. I fell asleep in the car but woke up cold a while later so I retrieved a jacket from the back of the Jeep. I didn't care one bit that the cops were there giving someone a ticket and ignored the officer's looks while I got back into the front of the Jeep and went back to sleep. Amazingly, I woke up right as Baron pulled into the park. I brushed off my sleepiness and grabbed my stuff to follow him to two waterfalls I've never made time to visit. I'd predicted rain and left my Nikon at home so the pictures from this one don't do the various falls justice!
Lulumahu falls was up first. Following him through a giant hole in the fence we moved quickly through a network of trails in this forbidden territory. He bounced up a stream bed while I floated in a zombie like trance behind trying to absorb the scenery whizzing past. After a very short hike we made it to the beautiful Lulumahu waterfall.
We didn't stay long and quickly returned to the Old Pali Road for a visit to Luakaha Falls. Speeding through the bamboo and over an old pipe we arrived at the top of the falls. Too slippery to descend that day, we contoured around the back and down the mauka side of the valley to the falls below. This falls is on private property so we tried to keep a low profile not wanting to annoy the property owner. We took a few pictures of the falls and headed back along the old irrigation ditch and upstream back to the Pali Highway.
Baron kindly offered to spare me the trip into Mo'ole Valley as I'm sure it was fairly obvious I was like the walking dead but when I found out he had taken the day off to go hiking that changed everything. I hope I wasn't too bossy when I announced "We're going." but no way I was going to be responsible for wasting someone's perfectly good vacation day!
It was a nice change to enter Mo'ole the way everyone else does, I have my own route. Following the path we reached an intersection with the trail I use and proceeded along the ditch to the tunnel and into the valley. Despite the considerable rain the day before, the water wasn't flowing too much.
|First Falls- photo by Baron Yamamoto|
|Second Falls- photo by Baron Yamamoto|
Continuing up past it we made our way to Left Falls. Baron called it the sinister falls because it's pretty dark with the heavy tree cover and even the rock there seems blacker than other places in the valley. Apparently he gets a bad vibe from the spot. He commented how the two names complemented each other as back in the old days people considered things from the left as evil. "The bad guy always enters from stage left" Baron said. Good call!
|Fourth Falls AKA Left Falls - photo by Baron Yamamoto|
Up on the left contour I named the falls for (it's the only one with a left bypass) we made our way to waterfall number five which I call Double Rope Falls because there are two ropes to climb past it.
|Baron at Double Rope Falls|
|Baron bouncing up The Flume while I claw my way up behind him.|
|Baron in the cutout midway up The Flume|
This was a first for me as the trail I cleared bypasses this falls completely. Cautiously we made our way up the tiers to a small pool where we snapped a few more pictures and wondered how crazy this spot got during heavy rains.
After inspecting the cutout in the rock we descended back down the falls and headed back out of the valley. I was home before the kids were from school and after unpacking my stuff and eating a little poke for dinner I went to bed and slept for over twelve hours.
It was great to do the valley with someone who has such a huge appreciation for waterfalls and to swap information with such a knowledgeable hiker. Mahalo Baron for taking the day off to show me around a few of Nu'uanu Valley's forbidden falls!
More pictures from this trail and others I've done can be viewed on Flickr. Aloha and mahalo for reading!