Hamama Falls

A nice lunch spot with cooling spray on a muggy day.

A nice lunch spot with cooling spray on a muggy day.

This 3.6 mile (round trip) hike is very doable for families. (Note: Some reports say the Board of Water Supply requires a permit, but I didn’t see any sign to that effect. I did find a sign-in sheet at the trailhead, and ran into several BWS workers along the way, none of whom questioned me. Proceed based on your own best judgement.) The trail is about 50% shady and you do get some breeze as you climb the 500 ft to the base of the waterfall. The trail is a jeep road, covered in gravel. It is stroller-friendly for the first mile, then as it climbs fairly steeply in spots you’d really be hard pressed to get it up the hill unless your passenger is very light and you can pull, or you have a buddy to help you heft by grabbing half of the rig. The falls are well worth it. There are several spots to sit, and the pool is extremely shallow – good for little feet to stomp. For added interest, this was a location shoot for the LOST TV show. Several spots along the hike, actually, were used, so an avid follower of the program might identify familiar sights.

Lunch spot Good spots to sit for a small group of about 6. Otherwise it will get crowded. Shady. Safe.
Sun exposure About half of the hike is shady. Even if the sun is covering some of the trail, you can usually find a shaded portion.
Exertion Pretty decent. The trail is 3.6 miles roundtrip and climbs about 500 ft over the second half of the hike to the falls.
Treachery Really none to speak of, other than slipping on rocks near the base of the falls. Use common sense.

Follow Waihe’e Road (Kahalu’u) to the end and park on the side of the road. Scoot around the gate (there is a cutout to the left) and head down the gravel road. Keep following the road to the base of the falls. You’ll see some BWS buildings along the way. When you come to the tunnel (see picture in album) note that the road/trail curves off to the right side of the grassy area.

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