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Family Hike | Hamama Falls | Oahu Hawaii

An easy family friendly hike, with stunning mountain views, that leads to one of the best waterfalls on Oahu, Hamama Falls.

The trail is owned and maintained by The Board of Water Supply, and they do ask that you obtain a permit to go to the falls. Though most don’t go through the hassle, it is a hike at your own risk if you decide not to.

When we got to the trail head my husband was surprisingly surprised and asked “its gated?”

Yeah baby, you know all the best hikes on Oahu are behind a fence.

The good thing about this one though is the trail goes right around it.

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The hike to Hamama falls is only a 2 mile out and back trail that shouldn’t take but 30 to 45 minutes. It took us over 2 hours. But we like to explore and there are lots of paths for side adventures that we couldn’t resist.

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Right when you start off there are pretty mountain views and beautiful wild foliage. The greenery here is astounding and I was oohing and ahhing every few minutes. I have lived on Oahu for over 2 years and I still can’t get enough of the all the beauty this island offers.

Though we did see one family with a stroller I Do Not suggest it.

The trail stays gravel and dirt most of the way, but there are a few spots towards the end that would make it quite difficult.

Even the nature found along the trails was different and beautiful. My kids loved finding it all and playing with it while we tried to figure out the names, and where it came from or belonged in our surroundings.

This was another reason it took is 5 times longer than it should have to reach the waterfall.
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We loved finding all the little paths through the walls of foliage and always took them when we could hear water. Doing this, we found a multitude of gorgeous little streams.

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I may or may not have a million pictures of my little Willow girl holding her daddies hand following him along the path. Its my favorite.

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One of the first paths we took off the main trail ended up being this little hidden gem of a stream.

It was a perfect spot for daddy to whip out the go pro and the kids to throw rocks. What little boy doesn’t love throwing rocks in a river? Too bad his sister kept beating him to all the good ones!

Even the main trail is absolutely stunning though. The great thing about family hikes in Oahu. Your not missing out on the beauty or the views.

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We read there was a swimming hole about 10 minutes in to Hamama Falls before we hit the trail. Since it took us about an hour, I was wishing we had brought our swimsuits.

It seemed the locals had the spot for the day anyway as there was a large crowd taking turns jumping in the clear waters.

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It was still enjoyable watching the fun. Cooper decided we have to come back so he can jump in too.

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After the swimming hole, you cross over a quaint little bridge with more beautiful views of the stream on either side.

Once you pass the bridge there is a hard way up and an easy way up. You can follow the trail to the right and go around to continue on the maintained road, or climb up a steep hill with a bunch of logs on it.

Guess which way we took.
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The path stays decently steep after this point and you will start to get a little workout in. This is also where you start to get stunning peek-a-boo views of the mountain range.

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I was in photographers heaven most of the way up here and wanted to snap a picture at every turn.
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You can see here what my husband thought of that. He’s a good sport but we were all ready to finally see a waterfall. Good thing for him it was right around the corner at this point.

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When we got to the falls my mouth hung open for a few minutes. It was amazing. It was instantly our favorite waterfall on the island.

The power of the water made a gust of wind and the roar of the water made it feel even more intense.

We took turns climbing up with the kids for pics and eventually climbed in the icy waters underneath the 40ft waterfall.

We even got to witness some rock climbers climbing down through the falls. It looked absolutely thrilling and was added to my ever growing bucket list.

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The kids were amazed and we were beyond happy with the outcome of our 2.5 hour adventure through the forest.

The one downside to Hamama Falls was that it seemed a bit touristy. There were quite a few people along the trail and at the waterfall.

We also came across quite a few people and their loose dogs. It was never a problem though and we would still count Hamama Falls as one of our top family hikes on the island.

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And here I will leave you with my favorite picture as of the moment I am typing this. My son reaching up with a huge smile on face, waterfall wind in his hair, to lovingly give me a boop on the nose.

Nothing better than a waterfall love boop.
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