Poamoho Falls

by kenji SAITO on October 25, 2020

Hiking Poamoho Falls

My original route from Poamoho to Laie got watered down today. Literally. Photo by Lilyn Avendano.

Trailhead

Trailhead

Thanks to Edgar for driving Aida, Lilyn, Quan and myself up the jeep road. Saved us roughly five miles of wear and tear.

Poamoho Trail

Poamoho Trail

Are we lost or just exploring? Photo by Aida Gordon.

Ewa Forest Reserve

Ewa Forest Reserve

Sliding off the trail. Photo by Aida Gordon.

Ewa Forest Reserve

Ewa Forest Reserve

Winding our way down through the corridor of strawberry guava trees.

Low clearance

Low clearance

Ducking under a moss encrusted tree. Photo by Aida Gordon.

Ewa Forest Reserve

Ewa Forest Reserve

Making our way down to the stream.

Poamoho Stream

Poamoho Stream

We put our micro spikes on and started our search for a new waterfall. Thanks to Allison for the idea. Why isn’t she here as well? She was asking the same question. Photo by Aida Gordon.

Poamoho Stream

Poamoho Stream

The girls stacking rocks to mark the trail, just in case we got lost on the way back. These stream crossings can be tricky. I also think they might have been goaded or encouraged as well.

Poamoho Stream

Poamoho Stream

There was a mixture of walking …

Poamoho Stream

Poamoho Stream

… and wading and rock hopping … Photo by Aida Gordon.

Poamoho Stream

Poamoho Stream

… and tree swinging … Photo by Aida Gordon.

Poamoho Stream

Poamoho Stream

… and tree sitting. Photo by Aida Gordon.

Poamoho Stream

Poamoho Stream

Elephant ears or Kalo? Always hard to tell them apart.

Poamoho Stream

Poamoho Stream

I guess we are not done with the tree sitting. Photo by Lilyn Avendano.

Poamoho Stream

Poamoho Stream

The walls got higher and closer as we hiked further upstream.

Poamoho Stream

Poamoho Stream

The rocks also got more jumbled. Photo by Lilyn Avendano.

Poamoho Stream

Poamoho Stream

Wading into the “Narrows.” Not as grand as the one found in Utah, just more tropical. Photo by Aida Gordon.

Poamoho Stream

Poamoho Stream

Tadpole in training.

Poamoho Stream

Poamoho Stream

Emerging from the ice cold immersion. That water was cold.

Poamoho Stream

Poamoho Stream

I guess we are not done with the ice cold immersion. Preparing to get all wet. Again. Photo by Lilyn Avendano.

Poamoho Stream

Poamoho Stream

Elevator service was up and running. Photo by Quan Haberstroh.

Poamoho Stream

Poamoho Stream

We continued our way upstream like so much spawning salmon. Photo by Quan Haberstroh.

Poamoho Stream

Poamoho Stream

Edgar making his way across the fallen tree. Photo by Aida Gordon.

Poamoho Stream

Poamoho Stream

Making our way in the stream, rock by slippery rock. Photo by Aida Gordon.

Poamoho Stream

Poamoho Stream

A tree pose on top of a tree. How fitting.

Poamoho Falls

Poamoho Falls

Approaching the 50′ plus falls. Photo by Aida Gordon.

Poamoho Falls

Poamoho Falls

Everybody had to get their photo with the falls, except Edgar who was droning us frolicking in the waters.

Poamoho Falls

Poamoho Falls

Group photo left to right: Aida, Edgar, Lilyn, Quan and myself. Photo by Lilyn Avendano.

Poamoho Stream

Poamoho Stream

Making our way back as we had exceeded the scheduled time of three hours.

Ewa Forest Reserve

Ewa Forest Reserve

There’s a ribbon up there Kenji, why don’t you go check it out. Photo by Aida Gordon.

Ewa Forest Reserve

Ewa Forest Reserve

We gave up after awhile as we had enough of our coughing seizures brought on by the uluhe fern pollen and spores.

Poamoho Stream

Poamoho Stream

Back to rock hopping in the stream. Photo by Aida Gordon.

Tree fungi

Tree fungi

Colorful mushrooms to match the colorful hikers. Photo by Lilyn Avendano.

Poamoho Stream

Poamoho Stream

You got this? You got my nickel? Photo by Aida Gordon.

Poamoho Stream

Poamoho Stream

Last man coming down. Photo by Edgar Gamiao.

Poamoho Stream

Poamoho Stream

Lilyn swimming out of the Apocalypse Narrows.

Poamoho Stream

Poamoho Stream

Quan sitting on the big rock amongst the other big rocks. They all look the same.

Ewa Forest Reserve

Ewa Forest Reserve

Lilyn leaving the stream for higher ground. Photo by Aida Gordon.

Ewa Forest Reserve

Ewa Forest Reserve

Quan and the group reaching the junction with the Poamoho trail.

All pau

All pau

The end of our waterfall adventure covered a little under six miles that were filled with excessive rock hopping, stream immersion and new waterfalls that we found. Good time with fun friends. Post hike meal at Zippy’s. The choice of dine-in eating spots are slim pickings during these covid times.

Video by Edgar Gamiao of our Poamoho Narrows Hike.

Note: I have been made aware that some hikers have been using my blog as a hiking guide and getting lost on the trails. Please note that this blog was made to document the hike for the crew(s) that did it. That is why some of my comments will seem to have no relevance or meaning to anybody outside of the crew(s) that hiked that trail. My blog was never meant as a hiking guide, so please do not treat it as such. If you find inspiration and entertainment from these hikes, that is more than enough. If you plan on replicating these hikes, do so in the knowledge that you should do your own research accordingly as trail conditions, access, legalities and so forth are constantly in flux. What was current today is most likely yesterdays news. Please be prepared to accept any risks and responsibilities on your own as you should know your own limitations, experience and abilities before you even set foot on a trail, as even the “simplest” or “easiest” of trails can present potential pitfalls for even the most “experienced” hikers.

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