I heard about Alamere Falls ever since Northern California’s very wet winter and I’ve been wanting to go there. In fact, I tried going there three or four months ago but clearly everyone else had the same idea too, and the line to get into the parking lot was so long that it was just impossible! I finally got a chance to visit again a few weeks ago and it was so great! I wish I had been able to go earlier though since the falls probably would have been even heavier. In any case, it’s quite lovely that most of the hike is shaded and there are a few beautiful lakes that you pass along the way. Once you hit the shore, you have to climb down to the beach, which can be quite treacherous so going slow is the only way. It’s well worth it though because how often do you get to see a waterfall flowing straight on the beach then into the ocean?!?

A beach waterfall photo adventure:

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Even though we were now staying in the city and didn’t have car access, my mom and I still wanted to see some of the beautiful nature that surrounds Hawaii’s capital. We decided to take the bus, which ended up being quite easy since we were staying here the major terminal Moana terminal station, up to the head of the Moana Falls trail. From there, we hiked through fairly thick jungle on a very muddy trail to Moana Falls. I was a bit disappointed with the waterfall itself just because it wasn’t that big, even if quite tall. The hike though was pretty awesome, though you definitely want grippy hiking shoes since it’s very muddy and slippery!

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUI • southern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2ohe’o gulch’s papaw trailparadise in a florohe’o gulch’s lower poolsother road to hanavolcano sunrisevolcano crater hikingpaia’s market for fishbig beachsurfing goatsali’i kula lavender • tropical eats
OAHUdowntown capital sitesart museum of the statesunset shadowhistoric pearl harbormoana’s public beach

A Oahu-style photo adventure:

When at Haleakala watching the sunrise, it seems like such a pity it leave right away so my mom and I decided to do a little bit of hiking there as well. The funny thing about hiking in a volcano is that you end up hiking down the crater first then having to climb back out, which means it seems like no big deal in he beginning. We decided to not that far down though since my mom is not exactly an avid hiker. Even still, it was quite beautiful, especially in he beginning when the clouds were rolling across the crater.

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUI • southern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2ohe’o gulch’s papaw trailparadise in a florohe’o gulch’s lower poolsother road to hanavolcano sunrise

A Maui-style photo adventure:

If you climb up from the Kipahulu Visitor Center along the Papaw Trail, you’ll walk along waterfalls, pools, and bamboo groves to get to a thin bridal-veil fall. On the other hand, if you start from the Kipahulu Visitor Center and take a short hike toward the ocean, you can see the larger pools that lead straight into the Pacific! If you can’t do the Papaw Trail, this trail is still rewarding and way shorter because you still get to see the pools though they’re not as secluded in the jungle-like foliage as on the other trail. Nevertheless, it’s neat to see where these clear pools rush into the ocean and the ocean pushes back.

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUI • southern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2ohe’o gulch’s papaw trailparadise in a flor

A Maui-style photo adventure:

Part of the reason (perhaps not the whole reason since part of the reason is the journey along the way) to drive the entire Road to Hana is to get to the Kipahulu area (Ohe’o Gulch). Ohe’o Gulch is part of Haleakala National Park, but the summit (volcano) side and this side aren’t actually connected. Ohe’o Gulch is filled with beautiful waterfalls and clear pools all connected until they reach the ocean. Starting from the Kipahulu Visitor Center, you can climb up away from the ocean along the Papaw Trail. This trail climbs along the pools’ stream-bed so that you’re rewarded constantly with views of beautiful cascades and clear pools that tempt you to dip at least your toes. The most famous part of this trail is the large bamboo grove you have to walk through along boardwalks. It’s eerie the way the wind hits the bamboo stalks. You’ll also see mangoes and guavas before crossing the stream to get over to the incredibly tall and thin Makahiku bridal-veil Falls.

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUI • southern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2

A Maui-style photo adventure: