We awoke to the drumming of rain on the deck. Peaking out the window, I saw the Koo'lau ridge above the deck was wrapped in clouds. The forecast was for the rain to stop but for it to be overcast most of the day. We took our time with breakfast and the rain stopped.
We decided to hike to Maunawili Falls. It is a short 1 1/4 mile hike with a 400ft gain to a lovely pool fed by two waterfalls. Unfortunately it is also very muddy and slippery. There are four stream crossing. We thought at first that we could go across by the rock but too slippery - we decided to just wade across in our shoes. The trail climbs to a ridge with views across to the Pali lookout and down across Kailau Bay. Along the trail there were interesting plants including several large clumps of ginger. At the ridge top, you decend a long series of stairs and come to the final river crossing or wade.
It was not too crowded at the pool, there were two other groups. A couple of people climbed up to the top of the smaller falls and jumped off. Nobody tried the higher jumps. G and I decided to not even go for a swim. It was cool day and we didn't feel like it.
We started back and found it was even more treachorous going back down. I did finally slip and was a muddy mess by time we got back to the car. Of course, the red dirt does NOT wash out.
We drove back to the studio, cleaned up and then went back to Kailau for Maui Tacos burritos and a shave ice at Island Snow. The burrito was filling but so-so. My filling was cold. :( G enjoyed his. Next door is Teddy's Burgers. Maybe we'll try it next. The shave ice was yummy.
We drove a short distance and took a walk on Kailau beach. The sand was so soft. Unfortunately it was gray and slightly windy. We watched a local club take out a couple of outrigger canoes and paddle around the bay.
On the drive back, the sun broke under the clouds and tinted them pink as we drove along the coast. Another enjoyable day in Paradise.