ON THE MISTY TRAIL OF MENEHUNE
One of the Aulani excursions that we were really excited about was a day hike through a lush Hawaiian rainforest to a hidden waterfall.
Our bus picked us up outside Aulani’s lobby at 1pm. We all remembered our hats, snacks, water, and were wearing plenty of sunscreen (a must in late June in Hawaii!).
It’s about a 2 mile hike up to the Manoa Falls. The trail is pretty uneven and on the day we went, it was 90 degrees with 90% humidity in the rainforest. The trail really does have breathtaking views of the Oahu island and coast.
We were a small group and our forest guide was very nice. He pointed out all the native flowering plants and knew their Hawaiian names.
The 200-foot Manoa Falls waterfall was spectacular! The waterfall is roped off for safety purposes. The water is not swimmable as you run the risk of contracting leptospirosis, yet people were climbing past the roped areas and jumping in the cool water. (We did not.)
Seeing the bamboo forest on the way down was interesting. You could swing on the flexible bamboo.
The scenic valley views with heavy vegetation were straight out of movie scene locations from Jurassic Park and LOST. In fact, the Rainbow’s End Café building was cast the central building in LOST.
That is the place to get shaved Hawaiian Ice treats after your hike.
We got back to Aulani about 5 hours later and all took showers before dinner.
Our Rating of Hike: 4 Stars
Take a short and fun hike on Mānoa Falls Trail through a lush Hawaiian rainforest, inhaling the damp scent of rain-sodden ferns and Eucalyptus trees. Cross tranquil streams, walk along picturesque pools and view ancient rock terraces.
Reach the majestic beauty of the trail’s impressive namesake, a towering 200-foot tropical waterfall!
Return to the head along a path that winds through a magical bamboo forest. Let your guide regale you with tales of the Menehune, little forest people from Hawaiian lore.
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