It’s sure nice to be in Hawaii during the winter. These photos are from Luakaha and Lulumahu Falls in Nuuanu. We ended up at Luakaha while trying to recreate a hike I once did from Jackass Ginger to the Pali Lookout, never going near a road. Rather unbelievably it seems that 25 year old memories are not very reliable navigation tools. Following a vaguely familiar trail uphill I heard a falls, so we climbed down a 70 degree slope and there we were. At that point we decided to go back to the car and take the easy route to Lulumahu, starting at the end of the Old Pali.
We went to Luaalaea Falls in Manoa the previous day but didn’t take a camera so you’ll have to rely on your interweb search skills to find some. The trailhead, beginning not far from the start of Manoa Falls trail, isn’t immediately obvious. If all else fails you can go east across the stream near the fence at the start of the Manoa Falls trail, head upstream a little and you should cross the small trail going to the right. It soon enters a flat area along the bottom of the ridge between Manoa Falls and Luaalaea Falls. After a short time on easy street you have to head uphill to get around dense vegetation. There are a lot of BS ribbons and trails on the ridge but keep to the right (east) and you’ll soon end up at the stream to Luaalaea Falls. If you’ve lost the trail at that point just head upstream and you’ll soon find it again.
Overall it’s not a technically difficult hike and just like Naniuapo it makes me wonder how Manoa Falls became the popular one. But old habits die hard so it was Saturday afternoon and we had the entire trail blissfully to ourselves.
On the way back if you are fed up with blundering around in the jungle you can go straight down the along the stream and end up in an orchard, and from there a road leads back to Waakaua St. Instead we decided to try to connect with the Naniuapo trail and took what seemed to be the obvious route. It started out well but didn’t last long as a number of recent large tree falls made staying on course much more difficult.
We ended up making our own trail and surprisingly ended up connecting very near the point I’d identified as the most likely trail when we’d hiked up Naniuapo before. Often topography limits the choice of routes so much you almost can’t help ending up close to the official route. At least that’s the way it works for me. Based on what I’ve read online recently I may have to do a rant about ribbons and GPS gizmos rendering people illiterate in reading trails.