Maunawili Falls

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Maunawili Falls is a cute little waterfall that people love to jump off of into the water below.  But you can’t just drive up to it, oh no, you have to hike. And it’s not a short, nor easy hike.

Somehow we missed the whole hike aspect and showed up in flip flops. Boy, was that a mistake. It was so muddy that we ended up just going barefoot to avoid slipping. There is something satisfying about feeling the mud squish in between your toes.

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The biggest problem about this whole hike thing is that is was three miles and not especially easy. I was just barely starting to get over the whole wanting to puke my guts up 24/7 stage of pregnancy and the most exercise I had done was walking from my bed to the bathroom. So we took our sweet time and took A LOT of breaks.

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Makapu’u Lighthouse

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We finally hiked the Makapu’u Lighthouse trail I can’t believe it took us so long to try it since it’s like a 10 minute drive from our house. The hike really isn’t difficult and the view is absolutely incredible!

What you need to know:

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There is no charge to get in, which is probably one of the reasons we chose to do it. We were bored and it was free. I was all dressed and ready for a hike, but Chris was in slippers (flip flops) and he did fine. We also passed a girl wearing a dress.

The whole hike to the makapu’u lighthouse is paved and is about 2 miles round trip. Parts of the road have pot holes and cracks. It’s basically like walking up a steep-ish hill with an incredible view. You could still push a good stroller up it.

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Koko Head Hike, Oahu

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My legs are shaking just remembering this hike. This one was much different from Manoa. In fact, it was quite the opposite. Instead of the hike being beautiful and the end result being sub par, the hike is extremely difficult and grueling but the view from the top is so worth it.

What you need to know:

The Koko Head hike Oahu is not for the faint of heart. Is is not a hike for children or strollers or people who are extremely out of shape. The hike consists of about a million ‘stairs’ up to the top of a mountain. The so-called ‘stairs’ are in actuality railroad ties, and they don’t exactly make the hike a lot easier.

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There are many places where the steps are difficult to walk on and some places there is cement filled in the middle making it very easy to lose your balance and fall.

The steps just get steeper and steeper and steeper, the further up you go. There are no switch backs. Just the steepest hike of your life. And there are no hand rails. Just you, the other people hiking, and the constant fear that you are going to go tumbling to your death. I might be over exaggerating. a little.

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Manoa Falls, Oahu

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Out of all the things there are to do in Hawaii, I think hiking is my favorite. That’s all apart of the fun of coming to a place like this; enjoying the beauty of nature and how different it is from wherever you came from. Because believe me, it’s different.

And out of all the hikes, Manoa Falls, Oahu is by far my favorite.

The hike is so beautiful and green and you see plants and trees that you have never seen before.

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You are hiking through this jungle of trees and tropical rainforest and then all of a sudden there is bamboo all around you that came out of nowhere. It’s so incredible.

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