Saturday, August 10, 2013

Lua'alaea Falls - Hiking

Lua'alaea Falls
Manoa Valley 
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
Danger: Medium to High (several water crossings, slippery, muddy, potential loose rocks/debris at top of waterfall)

To date, this is the muddiest and the wettest hike I've been on. But it was an amazing hike! I joined the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club for this Saturday hike. I woke and wondered if the hike would be cancelled due to the rain. At one point, I almost changed my mind, I'm so glad I didn't! I met assistant hike organizer Peter at the I'olani Palace. I followed Dan up to the residential area just before the entrance of Paradise Park where other hikers were waiting. I checked in and paid my visitor fee of $3 to John Hall, the hike organizer. It was raining but the hike was still a go! There were 12 of us and Peter would lead the hike with the faster hikers following him, John was the sweep. The trail to the falls branches off the popular Moana Falls Trail and follows the Lua'alaea Stream. It's a short hike but on this day with rain, the trail was very muddy and slippery.

I kept my iPhone in a waterproof bag and took many photos while on the trail, but all those came out blurry due to the rain. I took several photos with my big camera but couldn't keep it out for very long...I forgot to bring a towel to wipe off the lens! Here are a few photos of the HTMC hike to the raging falls. 

Lua'alaea Falls
Charlie (left) and Mark
 John Hall, hike organizer
My usual traction
Mark
Karen, Authur and Mark
Admiring the falls
Crossing the Lua'alaea Stream
(one of several stream crossings on this trail!) 


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