We knew just the person to ask – Dan Scroggins of The Real Hawaii.His company creates custom packages for travelers to O’ahu, all ages and activity levels.
Here are two of his top choices, with two more to follow in our next blog post.
This is one of my favorite places on the island of O’ahu. The beauty and danger along these cliffs add to the allure of the place; Google search “spitting cave” and you’re likely to find reports of deaths occurring at this site, but don’t let that deter you if you know to be careful. When the surf is right, the waves crash against the back of an ocean cave and water spews out as though the cave is spitting.
The area offers expansive ocean views; to the northwest you can see the iconic Diamondhead, and on a clear day to the southeast you can spot west Maui, Moloka’i and Lana’i. It is also not uncommon to see turtles or monk seals swimming in the waters below. Added bonus: visit this place early in the morning and it’s very likely that you will have it all to yourself.
If the 65-ft. jump entices you, just keep the following quote in mind “[Jump] if you will, but remember that courage and strength are naught without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end” -Edward Whymper. There are numerous plaques in the area dedicated to those who made their final leap into the waters of spitting cave.
One thing you should know about O`ahu is that it is not well known for its waterfalls. Actually there are none that you can just pull off the side of the road and say “look, it’s a waterfall.” You must hike to every single one of them; O’ahu wants you to work for it.
With that being said, this hidden gem does not really qualify as a hike. It is tucked below the Pali Highway–and behind a cemetery–but there is so much to love about this place. As you start on the path and round the first corner it is like you have stepped into another world; an amazing jungle world.
On the left are massive boulders (some of which have ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs carved into them) and on your right is a beautiful stream with many little waterfalls and pools. After a few minutes you arrive at Kapena Falls. Many scenes from “LOST” and a scene from the movie “The Rundown”, starring none other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, were filmed in the area. I really love this place and never tire of taking people here.