I had big plans for our Christmas break – beaches, biking, new places to explore, new hikes to try … In reality, we were stuck inside either sick, rained-in, or a combination. Not what I would call fun. After several failed attempts at a Keiki Monday activity, ideally some type of hike on Oahu, we found ourselves in Maunawili looking at an apartment rental. Side note : finding a place to live on the windward side with two kids feels impossible. I think someone with four German Shepards would have better luck.
Anyway, we were looking at a house right next to the Maunawili Falls trail head and I found myself admiring all the muddy hikers. I decided that our only chance to get out was to embrace the terrible weather and play in the mud. So that’s what we did.
Family hikes Oahu : Getting There
The Maunawili Falls trail is a little over 3 miles, but the mud can really slow you down. It took us almost 3 hours and that was with Micah walking one way and being carried back.
The up :
- An easy trail with no steep drop offs to worry about
- Dense rainforest with lots of vines and fruit trees
- A nice view of the pali before you drop down to the waterfall
- A waterfall with a swimming hole (fun to hang out for a bit and watch people jump from the surrounding cliffs). Micah wants to add that it’s also fun to float your bamboo boat that you’ve painstakingly carried from the beginning of the trail.
The down :
- During most of the year, this is a muddy hike and there are stream crossings. You will most likely get wet and dirty. I thought this would be an upside for little boys, but Micah disagreed. “Ugh! I just want to get to the waterfall!” In either case, bring some decent shoes or go barefoot, especially if you’re carrying little ones.
- With all that rain comes mosquitoes.
- It gets crowded – lots of families (even 2 newborns!), tourists and 20-somethings.
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