OHE January 6, 2000 (Pali Falls)

Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2000 15:33:11 -1000
From: "STONE, J. BRANDON" (802005%cchpd@co.honolulu.hi.us)
Subject: pali falls/ohe

Last Sunday Inger and I were unable to find the base of the waterfall which is visible from the Pali Hwy on the lower flanks of Konahuahui, behind the large reservoir. I found it three years ago, but this time I followed a couple of the wrong branches of the stream, obviously missing the correct one. The fault is all mine, by the way. Inger's only mistake was believing me when I said I knew the area like the back of my hand and that it was just a short, easy hike.

As I recall, the falls I'm looking for had a very large spherical boulder. The adjacent small stream was fed by a sheet of water dripping down a 100' rock face. (The face was probably much higher, but that was all we could see from the base.) This boulder was so large that two people could sit crosslegged on top and play chess (or checkers if they preferred). There was a narrow view straight out to the other side of Nuuanu Valley. The pools in the stream were very small, hardly big enough for one person to play solitaire, however.

I know that the SoleMates went up there a few months ago; I think this was the hike on which John Hall broke his arm. (John--Are you on OHE yet? If so, welcome. Roger--I sent this to OHE and you, not to all the SoleMates, but you can forward it, if you would be so kind, to any who might be able to answer.)

Can anyone verify that the falls I remember is still there and accessible? (It occurred to me that it's appearance or access might have changed because of falling rock.) Is it the one that the SoleMates visited? Is it possible to give directions (i.e., which branch of the stream? what color ribbons?)?

Many thanks,


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