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Likeke Falls

September 23rd, 2013

I've recently discovered a wonderful, child-friendly hike in Kaneohe called Likeke Falls. It's named after the man who created it, the late Richard H. Davis.


It's a very short hike that's nearly all in the shade. It's under an hour round trip if you start at the parking lot of the Ko`olau golf course. The hike ends at the base of the Ko`olau mountains under a 15' waterfall.


I found a website with good directions:

Olivia and I went up with group put together by a state funded family friendly organization, and we brought lunch to eat at the waterfall.

Rattlesnake Plant

Rattlesnake Plant

Along the way I learned about a flower called a rattle shaker (Calathea crotalifera.) Apparently, when the flower dries, the seeds inside make a rattling sound when shaken.

Rattlesnake Plant

Rattlesnake Plant

The kids loved splashing their feet in the water, and we all enjoyed the beautiful views of Kaneohe Bay.


Such a pleasant way to start a Saturday morning!

3 Responses to “Likeke Falls”

  1. Ken Conklin:

    Aloha Diane,
    This comment is off-topic but I think it's important. Congratulations on being named as a Pacific Century Fellow. I saw your name at the top of the list of 32 newly named Fellows published in yesterday's Star-Advertiser. This year's cohort is quite distinguished, as are the groups of alumni from previous years (I found them through Google). My friend Keli'i Akina, President of the Grassroot Institute, is an alumnus. You'll be networking and learning a lot from knowledgeable and influential folks who are rising as leaders of our community, just as they'll be learning from you. Best wishes! What a wonderful opportunity! Perhaps the hardest part will be to protect a zone in your schedule for meditation and serenity as home and career place ever-increasing demands on your attention. E malama pono!

  2. Diane Ako:

    Ken, Thank you!

  3. Gale:

    Congratulations, Diane! That is sooo cool!

    Also cool is the hike that you shared with us! It is the kind of thing that Olivia will remember about her childhood! Maybe now others as well!

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