Likeke Falls Hike, Pali Lookout, Kailua Beach
From your hotel or cruise ship we travel to the Pali Lookout, ascending from sea level to 1200 ft. (365m) in about 30 minutes. Take in the gorgeous views of Windward Oahu and learn the colorful history of this spot.
Far below, Likeke Falls flows from a spring in Oahu's lush Ko'olau mountain range. This 1 mile (1. 6km)round trip hike covers a section of the Likeke Trail that includes a cobblestone road built in 1845 and a hairpin curve of the Old Pali Road. Unlike the longer version, which begins at the Pali Lookout, this hike is suitable for younger children and those who have difficulty climbing.
Walk through the lush canopy shading this well-maintained trail. Take in the native and non-native plants, trees and flowers. Pause and listen to the sounds of exotic birds, but keep an eye out for legendary dwarfs crossing the Old Pali Road!
Take a snack or lunch break in Kailua Town and relax or swim at one of Hawaii's most beautiful beaches before heading back.
Travel by car to the Pali Lookout, site of Kamehameha I's victory over the Ohau Chieftain's army in 1795. After enough time to admire the view from Chinaman's Hat to Kailua Bay, we drive down the Windward side of the Pali Highway.
Likeke Falls flows from a spring on the Windward side of Oahu's lush Ko'olau mountain range. Likeke means 'Richard' in Hawaiian, for the hiking enthusiast, Richard Davis, who created the four-mile trail that runs along the base of the Ko'olau range. The hike will take about one hour.
Now that we've worked up an appetite, we head into charming Kailua Town to pick up a snack or lunch to eat at Kailua Beach Park, weather permitting. We spend about 30 minutes at the beach before heading back to your hotel or cruise ship.
Heavy rains create muddy conditions on the trail. Guide will suggest an alternate activity if she deems it unsafe.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will pick you up at the entrance to your hotel in Waikiki or elsewhere in Honolulu, or at the Aloha Tower Marketplace if you are on a cruise ship.
End location: I will drop you off at your hotel or at the Aloha Tower Marketplace if you are on a cruise ship. Alternative drop-off location negotiable.
Duration: 5 hours
I will pick you up in an air-conditioned Toyota 4Runner or minivan. Groups up to 10 people can be accommodated with advance notice and additional cost.
Round trip transportation from your Waikiki-area hotel or cruise ship; snacks; bottled water & tropical juices; insect repellant, if needed.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 USD - Snack or lunch.
Snack, lunch or shave ice in Kailua.
For pick-up/drop-off in Ewa Beach or Ko'Olina, add $50 each way.
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Donna was excellent! Our trip was the day after Tropical Storm Darby hit Oahu which meant we were unable to hike to the waterfalls. Donna organised an alternative schedule including a tour of East Oahu, the Makapu'u Lookout, shaved ice at Keneke's (excellent!), and then lunch from Leihi Health in Kailua (fantastic veggie tacos to go) finishing up on Lanikai beach and then the Pali lookout. Donna was a great guide throughout, really knowledgeable and great company - we couldn't have a better trip. Thanks!