Likeke Falls and Virgin Mary Falls ( Lanihuli Bigs )

by kenji SAITO on March 25, 2018

Hiking Likeke Falls and Virgin Mary Falls ( Lanihuli Bigs )

We decided to explore one of the islands last (un)touched waterfall. This was actually two visits combined into one story, as redundancy has its limits. Photo by Chris Bautista.

Trailhead

Trailhead

Met up with Analyn, Anne, Chris, Daryl, Ferlino, Jasmin, Lopaka, Sean and Tina at the parking lot that is only hospitable to church (body of collective Christians) and golfers.

H20 Tank

H20 Tank

We swung a collective left at the water tank to remain on the muddy trail.

Pali Puka

Pali Puka

Can you see the hole for the mountain?

Hau Trail

Hau Trail

Ducking our way underneath the tangled thicket of hau trees.

Kalo

Kalo

Passing the world’s oldest cultivated crop.

Likeke Falls

Likeke Falls

Surprisingly, we had the popular watering hole all to ourselves. Photo by Jasmin Nepomuceno.

Likeke Falls

Likeke Falls

We came back with umbrella props on our second visit.

Likeke Falls

Likeke Falls

Group photo left to right: Ferlino, myself, Analyn, Chris and Rocky.

Trail

Trail

Following the stream down hill.

Trail

Trail

The well-defined trail took us through several gullies and stream beds gouged from rain cascading off the Ko’olau Mountains.

Vanity Fair?

Vanity Fair?

Can it really be any easier than this?

Trail

Trail

Making our way up the stream bed that was strewn with trees and assorted boulders washed down from the mountain.

Lanihuli Bigs

Lanihuli Bigs

The twin falls teased us with her trickling water. No gusher today. Group photo left to right: Sean, Ferlino, Lopaka, Tina, Analyn, Anne, Jasmin, myself, Chris and Daryl.

V Chute

V Chute

What happened to the forecasted rain showers?

Aquarium

Aquarium

Pssst. Call Lopaka over here as there is a certain amphibian friend that wants to meet him.

Virgin Mary Falls

Virgin Mary Falls

A little more trickle on our second visit. Still no gusher.

V Falls

V Falls

Aspiring umbrella models posing at the waterfall. Photo by Chris Bautista.

V Chute

V Chute

Ferlino getting up close and personal.

Exit

Exit

Time to leave as a few scattered rocks dropped in on our party. Photo by Chris Bautista.

Trail

Trail

Going down the timber mountain log ride. Photo by Ferlino Carinio.

Windward view

Windward view

Clear and sunny. Good conditions for a ridge hike, not so much for a waterfall hike.

Hau jungle

Hau jungle

Back down in the hau jungle gym.

Uluhe trail

Uluhe trail

Group photo against the vegetation blocked backdrop of the Ko’olau Mountains.

Trail

Trail

We decided to see where this trail would take us. It has to come out somewhere, right?

Junk yard

Junk yard

Somebody ran their car into the ground.

Bridge crossing

Bridge crossing

Some had a high center of gravity …

Underpass

Underpass

… others had a low center of gravity.

H3

H3

Passing the most expensive interstate highway built, at a cost of $80 million per mile. I’m sure the rail will surpass that cost by leaps and bounds.

Fence line

Fence line

We couldn’t find the gate.

Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden

Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden

Who will make it into the 2019 Hiking Models calendar? I should have showed more skin.

Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden

Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden

Group photo with Kalihi Saddle in the background. Mahalo to Jasmin for picking us up.

Fiddleneck galore

Fiddleneck galore

Anne and Analyn plundering, I mean harvesting the tender tips of the Warabi or Pako ferns.

Kitchen

Kitchen

From the farm to the table. Just add kamaboko, tomato, onions, fish sauce and a vegan appetite.

Water tank

Water tank

Chris found a comfortable seat amidst the tree branch tangled top.

Water tank

Water tank

Can you see me now? Photo by Rocky Abad.

Water tank

Water tank

Coming up. Photo by Chris Bautista.

Water tank

Water tank

Going down.

Ko'olau Golf Course

Ko’olau Golf Course

Free range bacon …

Ko'olau Golf Course

Ko’olau Golf Course

… fresh eggs …

Ko'olau Golf Course

Ko’olau Golf Course

… and a tree loving hen. We had all the fixings of a post hike meal! Fun little hike with friends to see a flowing and trickling waterfalls tucked away at the base of the mountains.

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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Brandon Oxton May 27, 2018 at 3:38 pm

Hey Kenji! Looking for any help you can give on trying to find Lanihuli bigs. Literally just hiked the entire Likeke trail from the falls to H3. Never saw the VF tree or any other indications. Climbed one chute and it was the wrong one. Any help? GPS tracks or anything? I can keep it to myself ????

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kenji SAITO May 31, 2018 at 11:00 am

Aloha Brandon
Sorry I was on my KST hike. I will send over the direction shortly. It only flows during heavy rain, similar to Valley of the Temple Falls.
Mahalo

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Derek September 12, 2018 at 3:18 pm

Hi Kenji, looking for some help getting to this chute. And would you recommend starting by the H3 or from likeke? Should’ve done this hike today with all this rain!
Thank you!

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kenji SAITO September 12, 2018 at 8:43 pm

Aloha Derek,
I sent you the tracks. Suggest you start at Likeke Falls, have to go only during a period of heavy rains but stay safe and have fun. Hope it helps.
Mahalo

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Cassandra Loh December 1, 2018 at 8:24 pm

Hi kenji! We are so excited to have finally found your page for this hike. We have been searching for the virn mary falls trail for a while! We would love to have some great instructions on finding it please. Also did you stage cars & how long did it take you? THANK YOU!!!!

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kenji SAITO December 3, 2018 at 12:18 pm

Aloha Cassandra,
I will email you the tracks and generally you start and end at the same place, so no need to stage cars. Of course, the falls will only present itself during periods of torrential rain. It’s a relatively short hike, couple hours at the most. Stay safe and have fun.
Mahalo

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