After reading the hike stories from September about the Malaekahana Stream hike, I decided to go check it out for myself. Thanks to Dayle and Pat for the trip writeups, the trail was easy to find and well marked! Mahalos! Anyway, since the trail was so well cleared, it only took me about an hour and a half to reach the stream from my car. Once there, I explored a little bit downstream to the two pools below. Very nice! The first pool is plenty deep and made for a very nice little swimming hole with the sun shining down. It seemed to be deep enough that you could jump in from above, but be careful and check the depth for yourself before doing so! I didn't attempt to go down to the lower of the two pools because the decsent looked rather slippery, but it would be possible.
What I was really looking forward to were the waterfalls upstream, and I wasn't dissapointed! Heading upstream for about 5-10 min. I came upon several nice small pools. I read from the previous trip narratives that you could ascend above the final small pool on the rope coming down the waterfall. Well, I had to give that a try, but I must admit it was pretty tricky hauling myself out of the pool to the rope. In fact, I took a pretty good fall on my first attempt and picked up some very nice bruises and cuts for my effort. After falling back into the pool ( and making sure my leg still worked) I gave it another shot with considerably more success. ONce the rope is reached, the climb wasn't too bad. I t was really worth it because the upper falls and pool are incredible!! One of the nicest that I have come across in Hawaii!! I didn't explore any further since my fall had taken some of the piss out of me, but I was satisfied to cool off with a fantastic swim in the big pool!!! Thanks for the info on this hike - what a fantastic day and it only took about 4.5 hours round trip for the hike!!
I will definitely go back one day for more exploration upstream!!!