By Diane Ako
Cousin Val wanted to try a new hike, so she invited us to join her family one Sunday to trek up to Waihe`e Falls in Kaneohe. It's lovely, but it was longer than we all expected.
We drove up Waihe`e Road until it ended. You'll see a torn chain link fence; walk through that. Most of the hike is paved (nice) but not in the shade (hot.) Bring a hat and sunblock. I also put on a lot of bug spray in case I stood still. Windward side is so buggy.
You'll walk and walk and walk. The hills are sometimes steep. The most challenging part is to encourage a six-year-old up these hills.
Much of the hike parallels a nice stream. Midway, you'll see a watering hole, which a lot of people stop to swim in. Keep going! It's worth it to get to the top; takes about an hour.
At the top, there's a refreshingly cold waterfall which you can dip your feet in. Bring lunch to reward yourself at the top, and definitely bring water to drink.
Quite honestly, the Yelp reviews are very helpful and pretty accurate.
Plan for about three hours total for this, and if you're anything like me (soft office worker), you will feel pleasantly used.
I enjoyed the family time and the connection to nature, but my favorite memory of the day is that Olivia told me she liked that she got to spend a long, long time with us today. Aww!