Sommer and I headed out to the back of Manoa Valley and up a relatively short hike to Waiakeakua Falls. Kai and I had hiked up to Waiakeakua Falls last year and I thought Sommer would love this hike (she loves waterfall hikes...well, she tolerates them more than ridge hikes). The waters of Waiakeakua stream were considered reserved for ali`i. The stream consists of cool, clear spring water that flows all year round. O`ahu ali`i would have water brought all the way from Waiakeakua for their use.
|The crystal clear water of Waiakeakua stream. These are rocks under about 3 feet of water.|
Beyond the lower falls is another waterfall about 15 feet high.
Beyond this falls is a much taller waterfall about 50-60 feet tall. Getting to that waterfall requires a climb up the waterfall. We did not go up to the next waterfall. Others have taken some beautiful pictures of the falls here (Unreal Hawaii). Waiakeakua Falls is a wonderful alternative to the more popular and crowded Manoa Falls, much more wild and a little more work.
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