Barefoot.

So most of the time I just don’t wear shoes. I don’t like having to wear them when I don’t need to. I have wicked sweet callouses. There are a lot of places I’ve been in my bare feet in Hawaii…the cafeteria, the library, the aloha center, my botany class and lab, church, the housing office, while I’m working, and of course on various occasions walking all over campus and Laie.

But Friday was a first: I went on a HIKE in bare feet!

Okay so this was actually a first in two ways – first, I’ve never hiked without shoes, and second I’ve been here in Hawaii for a little over a year and a half, and I had yet to go on a hike. Appalling, I know, there are SO many fantastic hikes here – but every time I tried to go something just didn’t work out.

 

Maunawili Falls Hike, Oahu, HI || waffles&cereal

My friends Melissa and Lisa decided they were kidnapping me Friday morning to hike Maunawili Falls!

Maunawili Falls Hike, Oahu, HI || waffles&cereal Maunawili Falls Hike, Oahu, HI || waffles&cereal

It has fantastically muddy trails

Maunawili Falls Hike, Oahu, HI || waffles&cereal

and a waterfall at the top

Maunawili Falls Hike, Oahu, HI || waffles&cereal

that you can jump off of and swim around in.

Sounds AWESOME, right?? Well it was. Be jealous.

 Maunawili Falls Hike, Oahu, HI || waffles&cereal

Luckily our friend Brandon came along too, he knew some sweet extra trails. We climbed further up the waterfall and across the coolest rickety bridge ever to a second waterfall and some natural waterslides.

 Maunawili Falls Hike, Oahu, HI || waffles&cereal

Maunawili Falls Hike, Oahu, HI || waffles&cereal

So. Freaking. Cool.

I felt like I was in Indiana Jones.

Or something.

The whole time we were squishing in mud, climbing on rocks, wading through rivers, almost falling and catching ourselves at the last second..…it was a blast.

Maunawili Falls Hike, Oahu, HI || waffles&cereal

Maunawili Falls Hike, Oahu, HI || waffles&cereal

And none of us fell the entire time [until the very end when we were almost done and I slipped and fell on my bootay…twice.]

The scenery wasn’t too bad either

Maunawili Falls Hike, Oahu, HI || waffles&cereal

I LOVED it.

And it was great because there were hardly any people up at the falls that day, usually there’s heaps. Score.

I’m going to be really sad when my callouses go away and I have “haole feet” again. Just sayin’.

[all images courtesy of Brandon Olmstead’s camera, and his+Lisa Webster’s photography skillz! I’ve lost some of the images somehow over the years…but hopefully you can still get an idea of how neat this hike is!]