Thursday, February 14, 2013

Aloha to the Pali Outlook and Kapena Falls

After Sunday's near death experience on a rugged trail (at this link), I looked for a easy hike along a paved road.   So I drove up to the Pali Overlook.

It hosted the last battle with King Kamehameha as he pushed back opposing forces in his quest to unite the islands as the Kingdom of Hawaii.    

The outlook offers a panoramic view of Kaneohe Bay.  The outlook leads to the Old Pali Highway - a paved road turned hiking path.  Yet it hugged the side of the mountain.  I noticed the sign, "Watch for Falling Rocks".  The wind picked up.  The clouds threatened rain.   I was uncomfortable venturing down the path on my own.  So I'll return with my children on the weekend.    

My guide book listed a "secret waterfall" under the Pali Highway enroute back to Honolulu.   So I parked in the nearest overlook, giving me a view of this temple.   I hugged the road (what's up with so much hugging?), rounded the corner, and found a dirt path heading into the dense trees (what's up with so many dirt paths?).   

And I found the Kapena Falls!   Today's comments are open forum.  One commenter from this week's posts wins a book choice from my convention stash, recently replenished by Avon Books!   This giveaway is open to all readers.  Comments are open through Saturday, February 16, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on February 17 at SOS Aloha.


Kim in Hawaii

Another view from the Pali Overlook


  1. I want to visit Pali Overlook and Kapena Falls someday. :D

  2. What terrific photos. Normally not a nature girl but the sights are spectacular!

  3. Beautiful! What wonderful views. How fun to find secret waterfalls.

  4. Kim, you find the most amazing places and manage stunning pictures as well.

  5. It's all so beautifully wild and I would love to visit.

  6. Beautiful views and I like the hidden waterfall.

  7. There is something special about water falls. They are fascinating.

  8. Pics some great pics, thanKs