Ka’ala Falls and Mokuleia

by kenji SAITO on February 12, 2017

Hiking Ka'ala Falls and Mokuleia

A heavy soaking the day before forced us off the ridges into a valley deep in Waianae. Met up with Chris, Ethan, Huckett, Khym, Ryan, Shirley, Tina and Yoly at the crowded trailhead. Let’s make sure everybody goes with the right group now. Photo by Khym Ansagay.

Waianae Valley

Waianae Valley

Chris and Khym coming up the road that has few fans.

Waianae Valley

Waianae Valley

We dropped down from the trail and followed Ka’ala Stream like so much spawning tilapia.

Waianae Valley

Waianae Valley

Hiking through the lush and verdant valley.

Waterfalls #1

Waterfalls #1

Yoly and Shirley at the first multi-waterfall. Photo by Chris.

Waianae Valley

Waianae Valley

Tina with her trademark smile, at one of many stream crossings.

Waianae Valley

Waianae Valley

Climbing and contouring our way up. Photo by Khym Ansagay.

Waianae Valley

Waianae Valley

Sometimes it’s just easier to walk in the water.

Waianae Valley

Waianae Valley

The water fanning out before it hits rock bottom. Photo by Khym Ansagay.

Waianae Valley

Waianae Valley

To eat or not to eat.

Waianae Valley

Waianae Valley

Ryan making his way around one of the fallen trees. Photo by Khym Ansagay.

Waianae Valley

Waianae Valley

Color coded bottle caps marked the trail. Pink was the color of this trail.

Waterfalls #2

Waterfalls #2

That fallen tree looks solid and sturdy. Only one way to find out. Photo by Khym Ansagay.

Waterfalls #2

Waterfalls #2

Time to get wet. Just add soap and shampoo. Photo by Tina Corpuz.

Waterfalls #2

Waterfalls #2

Need spikes? You have to fish them out from the the stream first.

Waianae Valley

Waianae Valley

The rest of the group waiting at the top of the waterfalls.

Waianae Valley

Waianae Valley

Going against the flow.

Waterfalls #3

Waterfalls #3

Pass me that webbing since you’re not going to wait for me.

Waterfalls #4

Waterfalls #4

These spikes sure do come in handy.

Waianae Valley

Waianae Valley

Want your spikes back?

Waterfalls #5

Waterfalls #5

Tina about to climb up.

Waterfalls #5

Waterfalls #5

Ethan making his way up.

Waianae Valley

Waianae Valley

Ryan ducking under the fallen tree branches.

Waianae Valley

Waianae Valley

Does this count as a waterfall? Maybe not.

Waterfalls #6

Waterfalls #6

Ryan catching up with his friend.

Waterfalls #7

Waterfalls #7

Shirley sharing her shaka with the rest of us at the bottom.

Waterfalls #7

Waterfalls #7

Chris scrambling up. The pool at the base of the waterfall was quite deep. Just ask Ethan.

Waianae Valley

Waianae Valley

Almost there.

Ka'ala Falls

Ka’ala Falls

Huckett approaching the roughly 200′ waterfall.

Ka'ala Falls

Ka’ala Falls

Group photo left to right: Ethan, Ryan, Yoly, myself, Chris, Tina, Shirley, Huckett and Khym.

Ka'ala Falls

Ka’ala Falls

Yoly standing on a ledge in the waterfall. Hiker see, hiker do. Tina, Huckett and Chris soon followed. Don’t mind the raining rocks. Best to bring a helmet.

Ka'ala Falls

Ka’ala Falls

The correct way to pose on a rock underneath a waterfall. Photo by David Huckett.

Ka'ala Falls

Ka’ala Falls

The wrong way. Photo by Shirley.

Waianae Valley

Waianae Valley

We took the fast way down the ridge instead of returning the way of the waterfalls. Looks like this is part of the Ramble Trail.

Waianae Valley

Waianae Valley

Shirley back at the sign, looking for her friend.

Waianae Valley

Waianae Valley

Some used the murky water to wash off their spikes and others drank it.

All pau

All pau

Our group count dwindled by three as shoes were wet and chores had to be done, so the rest of us drove to the other side of the island.

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

It was hot as heck as we made our way over the concrete pilings. Which begs the question. Why is Yoly wearing her jacket?

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

Transitioning from concrete piles to boulders. All we were missing was the water.

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

Rustling through shoulder high grass. Photo by Khym Ansagay.

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

Hello from the top.

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

I think we go that way. Photo by Khym Ansagay.

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

The rocks up here were surprisingly wet from the water seeping from the top. Why is Yoly still wearing her jacket in the blazing sun?

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

Shirley and the sun.

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

We’ll be back to get all up in that crack.

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

Khym making his way along the edge of the cliff.

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

Half a cave is better than no cave.

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

Shirley passed her chili cheese fritos around as we had a cave side seat to a whale that was breaching offshore.

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

Look down in the water! It’s a … boat. Photo by Chris.

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

Chris and Shirley making their way between the contrasting sheared smooth and cracked crumbly rocks. Photo by Khym Ansagay.

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

Hey there’s a rope around the corner. Photo by Khym Ansagay.

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

Climbing and crawling up and through the crack.

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

Shirley perched on the rocks, looking out all the way to Pupukea. Photo by Chris.

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

Time to make our way back down.

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

Yoly and the sun.

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

Chris and Khym making their way down.

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

Enjoying the shade while it lasted on our way back down.

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

Some of us sought shelter from the sweltering sun and the stalking paparazzi. Others looked for their phone. Photo by Yoly Bedford.

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

Yoly sought shade under a parked car.

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

You guys go that way and we’ll go our way. The bushwhacking way.

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

Wrong gulch. It wasn’t a total bust. We got to see a coconut tree. No coconuts. Well, maybe it was a bust. Photo by Ethan Clavecillas.

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

Passing by one of several camouflaged bunkers that dot the foot of the cliffs.

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

Maybe the gulch is that way?

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

Group photo at the bunker.

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

The way back to the road was a whole lot easier than going in.

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

Half of the group went scouting. Thanks for the invite.

Mokuleia

Mokuleia

Making our way back on the muddy road.

All pau

All pau

Fun day exploring both sides of the island with great and special friends. We made our way to the bustling and commercialized town of Haleiwa where we spotted Bu La’ia out of retirement and a jumper on the bridge. Both did not look successful. Post hike meal at Haleiwa Joe’s. Chris finally got his prime rib.

Note: I have been made aware the 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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