Trail

Likeke Falls, O'ahu, Hawaii

Kaneohe, HI
Length: 1.50 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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ACTIVITIES: Hiking, splashing

LENGTH OF HIKE: 1.5 miles

OUT AND BACK OR LOOP: Out and back

DIFFICULTY OF TERRAIN: Moderate

ELEVATION GAIN: 425 feet

PARKING FEE/PASS: No

TOILETS: No

CHANGING TABLE: No

NURSING BENCHES: No

DOGS ALLOWED: Leashed

BIKES/HORSES/MOTORS ON TRAIL: No

CELL RECEPTION: Decent

DRINKING WATER AVAILABLE: No

POTENTIAL CHILD OR BABY HAZARDS: Muddy in areas, roots, and muddy
rocks

GEAR SUGGESTIONS: Bug repellent, sunblock, water, snacks, comfortable shoes

Occasionally it’s fun to throw in a “locals only” hike, and when it comes to Hawaii, this can be a good thing because so much of the island and many of the trails are overrun with tourists. If you decide to adventure on this one, note that it’s not well marked and not going to be one you find in most guidebooks for a few reasons.

First of all, depending on where you park, you might need to climb under the road through a little culvert. Secondly, because it’s definitely a short, very easy hike, most people looking for an adventure in Hawaii are going to seek out a longer journey, leaving this one for those with little kids.

The story behind this hike is that it was built by a man named Richard H. Davis in the ’60s. The waterfall was man-made as a result of the highway being built  through the area, causing the waterfall to form. Apparently when Richard, who was a member of a local hike club, discovered this newly formed waterfall, he decided to make this trail his pet project. He built and maintained it until he passed away in the ’80s. The trail is a bit rough these days in part due to nature taking it back, but
you can still see evidence of Richard’s trail work in the stone paths through various parts of the trail.

Likeke is actually the Hawaiian word for “Richard,” so the falls were actually named after him. Maureen Cooper and Andrea Sauka-Hazelbaker submitted this one because they felt like it’s a great off-the-beaten-path short hike for toddlers, with the reward of the Likeke waterfall to splash in at the end on a hot day. Although this one is muddy in areas and there are tree roots and rocks to negotiate, both you and your toddler will enjoy the adventure of it all.

The hike starts out on a little road where you will pass a chain link fence. Then  follow it past a graffiti-covered water tank. Walk about 0.5 mile up the trail and you will come to a large tree carved with more graffiti, including an arrow pointing in the direction of the waterfall. Pass through a tunnel that’s been formed through a messy bush of trees. When the trail starts to get a little wet with water flowing on it, you’ll know you’re close to the falls.

You can expect your toddler to walk most of the way, but have a backup carrier if he or she decides it’s not going to happen. The trail is pretty wide for the most part, but expect some uneven footing as you get closer to the waterfall. Also, the lushness of this hike means mosquitoes are plentiful, so juice up with bug spray.

WHY IT’S A FAVORITE
“With this trail, I liked that there aren’t too many steep drop-offs to get to the  waterfall, so I was more comfortable letting my son wander around on the trail. Also, it is a shorter hike but with a great reward!” —MAUREEN COOPER

INSIDER’S TIP
Park at the Ko’olau Golf Club near the First Presbyterian Church. The church asks that on Sundays hikers park after 11:30 a.m. Don’t wear white on this hike as you will get muddy! It’s possible to hike through the nearby 400-acre Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden if a longer hike is desired.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 425 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
No

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Creek / River and Waterfall

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