Hawaii Day 4 (part 2) Manoa Falls

After a delayed start, we found our way to the Manoa Falls hike. It was billed as “easy for families” with “vicious mosquitoes.”

Excellent.

We went into the snack bar at the bottom of the hike for some bug repellent and were given a friendly warning from the owner to watch the time. The sun would set at 7:10 and it was around 6 pm. Also, it was a very muddy hike, so we should watch the kids. (People in Hawaii are incredibly friendly).

He was right, on both counts. We found some discarded walking sticks at the base of the hike, which the boys were certain they needed. We grabbed them and started up. We did need those sticks! “Muddy” was a bit of an understatement. There were whole sections were we slipped and slid our way up “stairs” cut out of the ground. Eventually, Steven had to hold on to David to minimize his falls.

Still, the hike up was nice. The trees and birds were very cool, but we did not snap any photos. We waited until the top of the hike.

Check out the mud on our shoes!

The hike down was better, because we knew what to expect. Steven and I traded off and I held David’s hand. We were just as glad to have those hiking sticks on the descent.

Fancy tree, with a walk-way through the middle.

Woo hoo! We made it!

Congratulations, Daddy! You got us down before sundown!

I didn’t know it until later, but Steven was very worried on the hike up. He had taken a look at the clock and knew it was going to be a stretch to make it up and down before sunset. He pushed us along at a good pace to make sure we were safely done before dark. It worked. We stopped back into the snack bar for a celebratory slushy and at 7:15 the sun was down and it was dark.

Leaves as big as your head!

Phew!

Totally worth it, though. It was a more difficult hike than expected, because “families” is a pretty loose term in the world of guide books, but we have good hikers. The boys enjoyed the hike, and Steven finally got a chance to do something fun with us in Oahu.

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August 23, 2012. family, trips.

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