One must-do item on our vacation itinerary was hiking to Laie Falls. I did this hike with my sister Leilani in 2008 and I had to share this experience with Ryan.
This is about a 10 mile round trip hike and the incline isn’t too bad.
Ryan always starts our hikes off with a cigarette. Ha!
Park at the football field or the cricket field and head through the gates onto that dirt road. Follow it in a little ways until you see this blue sign on the left side.
I don’t know about the permit thing. We didn’t have one and I don’t know if you would have got in trouble because of it.
The trail starts off on a slight incline
You’ll quickly approach a fork in the trail with a sign that tells you which way to go (the left)
Someone scratched out Laie Falls on the sign, so just know you go left
You’ll go through two tropical pine forests
Looking down on the red hills
What a view
The higher you go, the better the ocean view
Up, up, up you go.
A large part of the trail is washed out making it fun to go down, but a pain in the butt to go up
Entering the second pine forest
At around mile 4 you walk through a tunnel of trees
After you turn off the trail toward the falls you have some scrambling to do to go down to the falls. Proceed cautiously, there are ropes to help you but it is slippery, narrow and steep.
Using rope to climb down the rocks
When you get to the falls, this is your view:
Nothing fancy but beautiful
Ryan found a rope but didn’t use it to go in
We swam under the falls
I just love how buff I look in this pic! Ha ha
This is an amazing hike and took us about 3 hours in total and that was with hanging out and swimming under the falls.
And don’t forget not to pick the local’s coconuts. Ha ha!