Hawaii
Our delayed honeymoon to Maui and Kauai October 11-26, 2011

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Monday, we headed to the Kipahulu section of Haleakala National Park for a hike.
Along the way, we stopped at the gorgeous Wailua Falls.

The bridge crossing Honolewa Stream.

Some old structure on the makai side of the road.

The roadside pullout by the stream.

The immensely lush Wailua Falls.
       
Three shots of the green and beautiful Wailua Falls.

This area is most known for O'heo Gulch, or the marketer's 'Seven Sacred Pools'.
They were closed to swimming this morning due to rain up in the mountains which can lead to flooding,
but we were headed past them anyways, to the Pipiwai Trail - a hike with all kinds of different terrain.

Topo map of the Pipiwai Trail

The info map at the trailhead. This is the Johnston Canyon of east Maui.

Young Eucalyptus trees.

Laurier hikes the trail.

The hike begins in mixed forest including a lot of Rainbow Eucalyptus.
Then the first waterfall - Mahiku Falls has a little overlook.

Makahiku Falls and the lush hillside.

Clouds linger up the mountain above the falls.

The waterfall.

Next stop is a large Banyan tree. This one doesn't have quite the sprawl of that in downtown Lahaina, but is quite neat.

The Banyan.

Banyan branches.

Laurier on the tree.

Continuing up the trail.

One of the bridges.

Waimoku Falls is the next up - a smaller waterfall. this whole stream is a series of waterfalls and pools.

A cascade along the creek.

Lower Falls.

Upper Falls.

A tiny pair of falls.

Mystery Hawaiian flower.

I will have to look into the identity of this flower.

We cross a couple bridges over some smaller waterfalls, and then enter the Bamboo forest.
This was one of the main reasons I'd wanted to do this hike - Bamboo!!
It was pretty neat stuff. Mostly young at the beginning, then a fairly old forest with tight stands and a lot of old fallen undergrowth.

The Bamboo Forest.

Looking up into the canopy.

Laurier climbs a stalk of bamboo.

Laurier tries to be a panda bear.

Laurier in the bamboo.

Back to jungle past the bamboo forest.

On the other side of the bamboo forest is the endpoint of the hike - Waimoku Falls.
This one slithers 400' down the back wall of what appears strikingly similar to a glacial cirque.

We cross a stream to get to the falls.

We brought water shoes, which was helpful preparation.

Our first view of the falls.

Waimoku Falls.

The sun comes out to light up the falls.

Last view of the falls.

On the way back we took a side trail to a set of pools above Mahiku Falls.
In low water conditions, you can swim in a pool right above the waterfall.
With the water fairly high and rather brown, we just looked.

Brown water in the pool from the fresh rain.

The full Infinity Pool above the falls.

Looking down from the top of the falls.

Looking down the creek from the top of the falls.

Looking back to the falls.

The pool at the top of the falls.

After the hike, we checked out the pools of O'heo Gulch.
It's certainly a nice spot, but definitely very popular.
While the volcanic scenery of Hawaii is completely different from the glacier-carved terrain in the Rockies, some things were similar.
The falls-and-pool arrangement of the Gulch is not unknown to us, and the yellow-brown of the water after some rain was uninspiring compared to clear glacial flows.
Of course, the temperature is a whole different story!!

The ocean at the end of the creek.

Kuloa Point greenery.

The [Seven Sacred] pools at Ohe'o Gulch, and the bridge above the top.

The swimming pools.

Brownish water from all the rain.

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