There are endless reasons why I appreciate living in Hawaii, but one of the most resounding pleasures is enjoying nature. It’s so simple to spontaneously decide to take an outdoor adventure – and this weekend that’s precisely what we decided to do.
Seeing a waterfall has been one of my must do items for living in Hawaii since we arrived here 6 months ago. I’ve always been fascinated with waterfalls. For a girl who grew up in flat, mountain-less Florida, waterfalls have always seemed so mysterious and magical. The long holiday weekend seemed like the perfect time for an adventure, so we set out on the Maunawili Trail in search of the Maunawili waterfall.
The hike to the waterfall consisted of a 2 mile trail – full of rainforest, slippery rocks, and little streams of flowing water.
When we first arrived at the waterfall I was completely surprised at the amount of people who were there…and the numerous people who were climbing up the adjoining cliff and diving into the freezing cold mountain water.
After about 5 minutes of being passive onlookers, Don & I both decided we needed to experience this for ourselves. Luckily we had on our bathing suits under our clothes so there was no excuse not to dive right in. Don went first of course.
He bravely dove right in.
Next was my turn. I nervously swam over to the cliff, climbed the slippery rocks & tried not to acknowledge the group of about 30 strangers that were staring at me.
And it was so exhilarating! This experience served as a great example of doing something a little out of your comfort zone while gaining confidence & a wonderful memory.