Ho'opi'i Falls


It wasn't intended but this turned out to be our biggest adventure on the island. All we wanted was to hike to the Ho'opi'i Falls. According to the guidebook, we were supposed to see a smaller unnamed waterfall on the way and as long as we followed the stream, we would eventually find the Ho'opi'i Falls.

There was absolutely no sign to lead you to the waterfalls and there was no sign to tell you what you were seeing. We found the entrance to the trail judging by a few cars that parked along the road for otherwise no good reason. We entered the trail and, very soon, we heard water and we saw the stream. We followed the trail along the stream. Sometimes the trail just disappeared and we had to climb up or down to find the trail again. This was a complete wilderness and the vegetation was very dense. We were able to see the stream all the way and eventually, after about 40 minutes, we heard the thundering sound of water and, a few minutes more later, we were there. It's a beautiful waterfall in the wildness. By holding on the tree branches and tree roots, we climbed down to the waterfalls. It's amazing that such a beauty and we had it all to ourselves.

However, we were not sure what we were seeing it. There was no sign saying what waterfall this was. We were supposed to see two waterfalls along the way and this was the first one. Judging by the look, it seemed to be the Ho'opi'i Falls but we were not sure. So we decided to hike further to see if there was another waterfall ahead.

Well, there wasn't. After whacking brushes for about 45 minutes, we completely lost our trail and we were literally in the middle of jungle with a trail of mosquitoes following us. Thank goodness it was around 1 o'clock in the afternoon. We still had a few hours to get out before it got dark. But by this time, Wayne has slipped and fell on his back and my right leg was bleeding from getting ripped open by some pickery brushes. We decided to head back. It wasn't that easy because there were forks that we had to choose if we want to go right or left. I was definitely not amused at this point but Wayne didn't seem worried. He even thought any path would eventually get us out of there but I didn't want to take any chances. I insisted that we must follow the path we came in on. Finally we heard the thundering sound of the waterfalls again. Whew!!

Now we knew for sure this was the Ho'opi'i Falls. After what we had just been through, going back from here seemed like bliss. The sound of waterfalls quieted down and then got louder again. Guess what, we found the unnamed waterfall we missed when we first came in. Now everything made sense. Although it took twice as much time as we anticipated, since we didn't get eaten alive by mosquitoes, the adventure was well worthy.

Oh by the way, Wayne slipped and fell in the stream when he was trying to wash the mud off his shoes. He was mad, nevertheless, smiled and waved to the camera. The first thing we did after returning to the civilization was rewarding ourselves with a couple big juicy burgers and fries at the Barbar Burgers.

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