Looking for some of the best waterfalls in Oahu? I’m partial to Hamama Falls at the back of Waihee Valley. I’ve done this hike three times, each with some type of minor incident. My first attempt was with my baby hui. It was slow going with a group of toddlers, but fun. Less fun was wearing a newborn in a wrap with a poo-slosion and no spare diaper. Plus the toddler got tired and I ended up carrying both of them back from the waterfall.
Attempt number two was with my sister-in-law and her family who were visiting. We got stuck in rain squalls, my brother-in-law slipped and got a gash in his leg. We had to do some kid shuffling and again I ended up carrying both kids back from the falls.
This time, i’m happy to report I only one child. One cranky, whiny child that demanded flowers every couple of feet. I think I whined the most on this hike. In my head this hike was 90% covered so we headed out mid-day. In reality, it was maybe 20% covered and unbearably muggy. The combination of too much sun the day before, the sweaty toddler on my back, and just being overall out of shape, made it a long hike to the falls. There was another poo-slosion, but it happened at the falls where there is a handy “baby changing station” and we even had a diaper this time. No problem.
“I’m going to find a nice place to sit with my feet in the water, so I can eat my snack.”
The hike : getting there.
The hike is along a wide, gravel road used by the Board of Water Supply. It’s officially closed, but commonly gets crowded with families. It is 3 miles round trip and took us about 3 hours. Keep in mind that’s at 4-year-old speed with lots of stopping. We had to investigate all the flowers, the swimming hole, swing on the banyan roots “like Diego”, look over the bridge for fish, take a million water breaks (because hydration packs are fun) and then we had lunch at the falls.
The hike is located in Kaneohe (or just outside Kaneohe in Kahaluu). From Kahikili Rd, you will turn left onto Waihee Rd. (just past the Hygienic Store and old theater). Follow it until the road ends and park in the neighborhood before the gate. Please be quiet and respectful in the neighborhood,. It is a closed hike. Also note that the hike is commonly referred to as Waihee Falls, but that’s actually a separate waterfall that you can access from the Hamama Falls trail. It doesn’t seem kid friendly, so we’ve never tried it. Happy trails!
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