OHE February 17, 1998 (b)

Date: Tue, 17 Feb 1998 09:50:54 -1000
From: Dave Webb (dwebb@hekili.k12.hi.us>
Subject: weekend hikes

Saturday Feb. 14

Went to check out a little waterfall in Nuuanu this morning. Parked at the junction of Nuuanu Pali and Pali hwy. at about 9 am and proceeded through the gate on the right. There was a leptosporosis warning posted on the gate but nothing about the "T" word! I followed the directions that I got from some old ohe-l postings and they took me back above the reservoir to a neat waterfall (Lulumahu falls). This is a very neat place to spend some time and relax. The falls had a high volume of H20 even with our current drought conditions. The falls are quite tall with 4 different levels. Nice place.

Monday Feb. 16

Went to hike Ka'au crater with my girlfriend Sandy. She had never been up there before and I really wanted to show her the hike since it's one of my favorites. Kind of disappointing on Monday since there wasn't much water in the falls. We parked at the trailhead about 9:30 am and proceeded down to the stream. For the first time on this trail I saw no trace of the dogs at the last house on the left! When we got down to the stream we found it to be completely dry. I thought it would be quite low, but I was a little surprised to find it bone dry. Slowly, we worked our way up the valley and eventually reached the first waterfall. There was water flowing over the falls, but not nearly as much as usual. It was still very nice. The pool at the base of that falls is one of my favorite places. We went on up the side of the falls and reached the top of the second waterfall. At the top of the second falls there is a huge bolder that you need to climb over to continue on upstream. I was kind of surprised to find that someone had attached a plaque to the pohaku in memory of a dead family member - I didn't remember that being there before. We went up the third falls and past the landslide to the crater. It's really a shame about that landslide right in the middle of the falls since its such a beautiful place.

The summit was socked in so we decided to just go to the overlook and relax for a while. We went down the switchback trail to the car after a time. Excellent hike. I'll look forward to going back when there is more water in the stream.


P.S. Thanks Dayle, Pete, and Pat for your trail directions! They were perfect.

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