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Rain, or ua in Hawaiian, is considered to be a blessing in Hawaii. From the lightest drizzle to the heaviest downpour, the land sips the water of the sky and replenishes the many native plants in the mountains, as well as backyard gardens. The path that the rainwater travels down is sometimes visible after a heavy shower and results in one of Hawaii’s many beautiful gems.
Take a drive through a freeway tunnel on Oahu during or after a storm, and you will see countless waterfalls gushing down the mountainside. Since I was a kid, and even today, I’ve enjoyed counting waterfalls while driving along the Koolau mountains. I love when it rains because it’s not only the perfect snuggle weather, but it is also the perfect sightseeing weather! The waterfalls are definitely a sight to see, so count yourself lucky if you experience one of Hawaii’s rainstorms. Just take caution, though, when driving because the rain may dump so much that it becomes difficult to see the road ahead.
If you’re longing to get up close and personal with a waterfall, Hawaii has many to offer. Not only can you see them occasionally after a downpour but also hidden within rain forests. If you’re willing to search for these gems, you’ve come to the right place. A lot of hikes on Oahu as well as the other islands have gorgeous waterfalls at the end of them. Not all waterfalls and ponds are meant for swimming, like Manoa Falls, but hikes, like Maunawili on Oahu or Seven Sacred Pools on Maui, are surely a treat.
If you’re spending anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks in Hawaii, be sure to keep an eye open for these waterfall treasures. If you’re feeling adventurous, do your research and find a hike suitable for you. After a sweaty, heart-pumping trek through the forest, you’ll be rewarded with ice-cold ponds to swim in and lovely waterfalls to swim under.