That’s how we hiked to Ho’opi’i Falls one afternoon — sliding down the muddy trail on sandals that didn’t grip very well. The scenery was spectacular and the adventurous among us braved a steep hike down the base of the waterfall to the rope swing over the river for an afternoon swim (I was not one of them).
The beginning of the trail, from a residential area, passed rural scenery like this.
The trail rolled up and down over terrain like this for 2 miles, with us grabbing for stray limbs to steady us on the steeper sections.
Giant philodendron vines climbed the trunks of the massive trees lining the river bank.
Finally, the waterfall, so bright in the afternoon light against the dark forest vegetation.
Just a few yards downstream, kids (and adults) were swinging on one of the many lianas hanging from the trees, Tarzan-style, to drop into the river. However, the hike to get down to the river was treacherous and not for old ladies.
The view from the top was enough for me.