Waimea Falls

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Grab your walking shoes we’re going on a little hike today on the north shore of Oahu, in a tropical forest!

Waimea Valley is a beautiful sanctuary for rare birds and plants of the Hawaiian Islands. It covers 1,800 acres.

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It was by far the most beautiful trail I’ve ever been on – lush greenery, beautiful flowers, even this moss covered boulder is just amazing!

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Obviously everything grows well in a rainforest climate. How about this curtain of vines?

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After a mile or so we reached the Waimea Falls. (Not quite Niagara Falls, but beautiful none-the-less!)

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In ancient times, the Hawaiians believed that Waimea had healing powers and they would bring their wounded soldiers to the waterfall and lay them in the water for healing.

The water has a reddish tint due to the iron oxide found in the volcanic soil that flows down from the mountains by the Waimea River.

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“The flower offered of itself
And eloquently spoke of Gods
In languages of rainbows,
Perfumes,
And secret silence..”.

~Phillip Pulfrey

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