We had quite a lively tour guide for the Manoa Falls trip. He said he was required to give us a brief, detailed overview of Hawaii’s natural history. You could definitely tell he knew what he was talking about (although most of what he was saying was way over our heads), but the gist of it was that most of Hawaii’s plant life and animal life are not native to Hawaii.
After a 20 minute van ride, we parked in the street of a neighborhood and our guide lent us backpacks, ponchos, bug spray, and walking sticks. Yes, walking sticks. I felt bad for a Swedish mom and her two daughters who wore flimsy slip-on shoes and sandals.
Just after we started walking, our guide pointed out a Cockatoo in a tree – I never thought of just seeing one anywhere else in the world, other than in someone’s home as a pet. Our guide went on to tell us that an exotic bird shop had closed many years ago and the owner let the Cockatoos free into the jungle and they had since multiplied not too far away from the abandoned shop. Hiking further up the trial we also saw further examples of Hawaiian tropical trees not native, but thriving here anyway – East Asian Bamboo and Australian Eucalyptus trees.
The higher up the
mountain and closer to the waterfall we hiked, the rainier it became. Upon
rounding a bend – the rain suddenly started pouring, but looking down the
mountain it was still sunny – definitely a bizarre feeling! From here, the path became
much steeper and muddier. After 1.5 miles, we made it to the Waterfall. It was
pretty incredible watching the water continuously fall from 150 feet!
Unfortunately, Jase and I were so tired and a little upset that it was now
pouring rain that we didn’t really get to enjoy it before we wanted to go back
down. There’s only a small space to view the waterfall and we had our tour
guide take our picture next to Manoa Falls and we started heading back down.
Hiking back down was a lot more brutal than the initial hike and we finally put
our walking sticks to good use. It was really muddy and slippery. Jason fell on
his butt and was so frustrated that his whole backside was covered in mud.
|Our Tour Guide|
When we returned back to Waikiki, we ate breakfast at Denny’s and Jason took a “shower” in the bathroom sink to look a little more presentable.
Jason absolutely wanted to get his surfing lesson in that he had just been dying to take. We went to Waikiki beach and bought a lesson and I watched as Renaldo (surf instructor) and Jason paddled out to the waves. He LOVED it! I watched for about 45 minutes while he was out catching waves with Renaldo, and then I had to get out of the sun since I already packed away my sunscreen. Jason’s surf lesson was at least an hour and a half and when he was done he was proud to tell me that he had gotten up and surfed every wave except the first! I’m really glad he had such a great time.
We were happy to be
able to get a courtesy room at our hotel to shower and get all the mud and
ocean water off of us. After a few hours, we were back on a bus to the airport
to head to California. Looking back at our Hawaii experience it was truly surreal that we were there and it all actually happened and wasn't all a dream. Thanks Mom and Papa Cowles for an amazing honeymoon!
|Jason's in the Blue shirt|
|Our new favorite shirts :D|