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It’s been a few weeks since I did my last post, mostly because the holidays were crazy busy and I wanted to spend every second enjoying it with my family! Also, am I the only one that has a hard time getting back in to regular routines after the holidays? If I could, I would make it Christmas time all year round! Well, what better way to get ourselves out of that holiday slump than to start this new year off with a family hike to a waterfall! This past weekend we decided to go to Secret Falls. Cijay and I have done this hike a few times already but this time we thought we would take Mia along with us and it was so much fun but also challenging at times with her (but I will get more in to that later on).
Secret Falls is right around the corner from where we live, located on the East Side of the island in Wailua. I would personally say that this hike is fairly easy, the only difficulty to me is when it’s really muddy it can get pretty slippery. The only way to access this hike is from the Wailua River, either by canoe, kayak, or paddle board. It only takes about 5-10min to paddle down the river to the start of the trail and then about a 30-40 min hike in to the waterfall, so all together it’s about an hour and a half to two hour adventure. I absolutely recommend renting your canoes or kayaks at Kamokila Village, not only is it a 4 mile shortcut from all other kayak rentals, but it’s a great place to visit before heading out to your hike. You can walk the grounds of this Traditional Hawaiian Village and experience native lifestyles in natural habitats from centuries ago. Mia loves going down there to feed all of the peacocks and other birds. The entrance to the Village is in Wailua right next to Opeakaa Falls, which is really easy to find. If you want more information you can visit villagekauai.com. I recommend getting there right when they open at 9am because the boats rent out fast and it’s first come first serve.
We chose a canoe because it was the easiest with Mia. I was so proud of her because she sat on my lap the whole time and even helped me paddle, she wasn’t scared at all!
It’s just a quick 5-10 min paddle down the river to the start of the hike. You will pull your boat up to a small little shore that is easy to find and it’s marked with a sign just in case you have trouble locating it.
Mia did really good for most of the hike, but we did have to carry her a lot because the mud was too slippery, and by “we” I mean, Cijay haha. It was a little difficult and tiring having to carry her through majority of this trail due to the mud, so when she gets a little bit older it will be much easier on us when she can walk those areas on her own. We took a few pit stops and let Mia play around in the areas that weren’t so slippery. She’s fascinated with sticks and rocks right now, so she had a lot of fun collecting them for a bit. Even though it was challenging bringing Mia on this hike, I’m happy we did. I want to start these adventures early in her life so it can slowly become a part of her everyday activities and hopefully as she gets older she will love to explore this island as much as Cijay and I do.
As I said before, this trail can get very muddy, and yes my husband is hiking barefoot, he always does here. He says it’s actually easier for him, but I opted for water shoes. Mia wasn’t a fan of the mud, as you can see below I had to pick her up because she was freaking out about the mud all over her feet haha.
Once we made it down to the waterfall, I couldn’t believe it, but we were the ONLY ones there!! That never happens! Every time we went before, it was always packed! We took our time, swam around in the water (even though it was pretty cold), and really enjoyed this rare moment at the falls all by ourselves! If you’re hoping to get a moment alone at the falls as well, my suggestion would be to go as early in the morning as you can.
I’m not one for making new years resolutions, but this year I really want to try focusing my mind more on beautiful moments like this and not so much the negative. It’s actually a lot harder than it sounds to be able to push out those negative thoughts, but doing so will open up my mind and heart to so much more happiness. Every day I try to do something that truly makes me smile and hikes like these are just one of many things that make my happy! There is so much beauty and love in this world and I’m determined to fill my life with nothing but that, so here’s to the start of a fresh new year and many more adventures that I can share with all of you!