Luakaha and Likeke Falls

by kenji SAITO on September 29, 2013

Hiking Luakaha and Likeke Falls

I decided to stay at sea level elevation this week and went waterfall exploring with Chris and Jasmin. My body was still recovering from last week’s extreme hike.

A well traveled trail

A well traveled trail

We found parking on Nuuanu Pali Drive and entered the opening in the bamboo forest.

Follow the source

Follow the source

Hopping over the water pipe, the upper falls gurgling with fresh water soon greeted us.

Cascading waterfall

Cascading waterfall

Looking down from the top of the falls. Don’t stand too close!

Going down the hill

Going down the hill

Chris picked up the trail to the left of the falls and we made our way down the mosquito infested hill.

Luakaha Falls

Luakaha Falls

The grass surrounding the falls was nicely clipped as it’s supposed to be on private land.

GPS Tracks

GPS Tracks

The short walk to the falls was only .75 mile round trip. Not enough to make a day of it, we proceeded to the next stop – Likeke Falls.

Trailhead A or B?

Trailhead A or B?

Most people start from the Pali Lookout to get to Likeke Falls, Chris knew of a shorter way from the Ko’olau Golf Course. There was a large sign saying no parking for hikers until after 11:30am. Hmmm, I guess that meant us? Luckily Jasmin was able to squeeze her car into the last “open” space in front of the Old Pali Road gate.

Old Pali Road

Old Pali Road

We walked up the Old Pali Road, passing the golf course’s shop and soon made a right into the forest where Chris and Jasmin are standing. This took us to the top of the golf course’s parking lot where the trailhead starts. Security was there to thwart any hikers that chose to ignore the sign that was posted at the bottom.

Can you see the puka?

Can you see the puka?

A graffitied water tank blocked further progress on the trail, the junction is actually to the left just before the tank. Can you spot Pali Puka?

Big Tree Junction

Big Tree Junction

We picked up the Old Pali Road again, slowly being reclaimed by Mother Nature, and took a right at where Chris is peeking out from.

Calathea lancifolia

Calathea lancifolia

Yellow and red rattlesnake plants lined the trail.

Likeke Falls

Likeke Falls

More mosquitoes greeted our arrival, fresh meat! These falls seemed to have become very popular recently, with more locals and tourists flooding the area. Today, we had the place all to ourselves.

Obligatory group shot

Obligatory group shot

My camera has a 30 second timer, which comes in handy when scrambling up wet, mossy rocks.

Town view

Town view

Looking out towards town, one can actually follow the stream all the way back out to civilization.

Costus spicatus

Costus spicatus

Checking out the Indian Head plants on the way back out.

Walk down memory lane

Walk down memory lane

Hard to imagine, that this used to be the main artery for folks to get to and from the Windward side.

GPS Tracks

GPS Tracks

The 1.45 mile hike led us to the second and last waterfall of the day.

 

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