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Manoa Falls is at the end of a relatively short (4/5 of a mile) trail starting very near the Lyon arboretum at the back of Manoa Valley.  

 This is the trail head. It remains green, lush and very, very wet until the end.

Got my hat. For the moment, at least.


Things Have Changed Dept.: Paradise Park, which used to be near the trail head, is no longer in operation.


Calvin's at home in the water, but Brian loves the mud, and he had a blast on the Manoa Falls trail. It had rained the night before, so the trail was good and muddy. Brian 'managed' to fall down several times.
Michelle finally pooped out and insisted on being carried the rest of the way. Yoko and Steve took turns carrying her; not easy to do on that wet, muddy trail.
We're almost there. The upper falls are just visible here.

Goal. Just a bit over an hour from the trailhead.

We used to swim in the pool here at the bottom of the falls, but the guidebook says that the water now harbors dangerous bacteria and that swimming (and drinking) are best avoided. The bacteria probably have always been there, and probably few people have ever been affected, but why take the chance?

Hat's gone....

As the sign says...

Actually, the trail continues on up to the ridge, well above these first falls, and branches lead off to Tantalus and other points west and east, but a fence -- and a second sign -- now discourages any further exploration, so we turned around and headed back down the valley.

Found my hat. Or should I say, Yoko found it. Eventually, everyone will get their picture taken wearing my hat.

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