Hamama Falls Trail
An easy hike to some beautiful falls in Kaneohe, Hawaii.
Let me start off by saying that this path is not sanctioned by the state. In fact, it’s completely off limits, so if you decide to check out Hamama Falls, you’re doing so at your own discretion. If you decide to ignore that very obvious “KEEP OUT” sign, that’s on you. Mmkay? Kay.
That said, this was a fun hike. Easy and super safe for the kiddos, although there’s always the chance of a landslide or falling rocks. Thankfully, we encountered neither on this quick 3 mile jaunt.
This trail is located in Kaneohe, and you can find great directions here. You’ll park on the street near the trailhead, and please always remember to be respectful of the residents. The guy who’s home we parked near was incredibly nice and wished us well on our adventure.
You’ll notice we had some guests along on this hike. They’re friends from Indiana, and you’ll be seeing them pop up in a few upcoming posts. We had an incredible time adventuring with them!
Once you get through the fence, you’ll set out on a gravel road. I mistakenly forgot that not all waterfall hikes are shaded, so we really should have worn sunscreen. Also, bring bug spray. We didn’t have too much of a problem with mosquitoes, but I’ve read they can be bad. This kid and his sticks. And let’s take a moment to look behind him. Is that an exotic scene or what? We’ve lived here now for 18 months and I think sometimes I forget to remember how amazing this place is. I’m so focused on the technicalities of the photo that I forget to sit back and really appreciate the beauty. Even when the view is mundane. Just a walk down a gravel road. Still pretty incredible. This is a little swimming hole right along the gravel path. We never bring gear for swimming, and I’m kind of terrified of leptospirosis. But we did see quite a few other people enjoying this fun little spot.Shortly after the swimming hole, we came across this creepy wall. Dungeon, anyone? But this area was right next to it, and it felt a lot more serene. We even saw a couple picnicking. The graffiti really adds to the natural beauty too. It was around here that the trail began to become a little more cardio-intensive. Still nothing bad, but I definitely slowed down. For the girl, of course. It’s always for the kids. We stopped often for pictures. Audra is becoming quite the little photographer. Our friend Andi stopped to enjoy a little view.
The kids loved having our friends around to chat with. And before we knew it, we were at the falls. We had taken our friends to Manoa Falls the day before, and it was just trickling. So we were super grateful for this sight. We had the fantastic fortune of having another group of hikers available to take our picture. We of course did the same for them in return! Our friends, Pat & Andi. On the way back, we stopped to gaze at this beautiful view of Kaneohe Bay. The way back out of the trail was just as pretty as the way in. I gotta give it to these two – they totally handled my obsessive photographic tendencies with absolute patience. If I could make a living just photographing tourists while they were on their vacations, I would so be all over that. Some people have a dream of ending poverty in the world. That’s pretty important, but envisioning a world where vacation photo albums no longer look like the mom was missing from the whole getaway? I mean, that is truly earth-shattering. Amiright?These three are pretty awesome themselves. They assemble super quickly when I ask for a picture. And the eye-rolling is fairly minimal at this point.
Also, I saw on Exploration: Hawaii that a banyan tree along the trail leads to Waihe’e Falls. I think this is it, but we didn’t check it out. I definitely want to go back and see though!This shot was directly across from that swimming area I mentioned earlier. So pretty.
And that was it. The whole thing took us two hours, and we didn’t really rush it. Short, sweet and so much fun! We even left from here and had two more new adventures before it was dark. Posts to come on those!