We saw some wild chickens in the rain forest.
Manoa Falls was an easy 1.5 mile hike to an amazing waterfall.
Lovely trees, ferns, leaves and shadows.
Benjamin created several imaginary ninja challenges along our hike -- rock climbing, stream jumping, bamboo sword fighting, climbing through mazes of vines...
So spare, simple and beautiful.
Isn't this branchy archway so fun?!
The beautiful falls...
We took a side trail further up the mountain beyond the falls. We ran into a young man with a back pack and asked him how far it was to the next overlook. He said he'd been hiking since 10 am and then he disappeared on down the trail. It was 4:30 pm, so clearly we were going to have to turn around at some point rather than continue up the trail. We ran into another couple who said there was a huge banyan tree just a bit further up the trail. They turned around there. So we continued through a huge swath of bamboo clattering in the wind, then came upon the banyan.
Then we turned around. Got one more quick snapshot at the falls and continued back down the trail.
I'm sad that I didn't get any snap shots of the shave ice we enjoyed at the little snack bar/restaurant just beyond the parking lot, or the guy who worked behind the counter who had a Lost tattoo, shirt and hat. Or the amazing collection of orchids that were sitting in every corner.