Maui: Lower Makamakaole Stream – Part 2

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The next day we were eager to find the waterfall and came back to the trail for our second attempt. This time we headed downstream pass the pool with the rope swing. Not knowing where or if there was a clear path downstream we decided to climb down the edge of the stream to be sure we were headed in the right direction. This was not the ideal path to our destination as we spider crawled our way down the wet and slippery rocks.

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makamakaole, stream, waterfall, maui, hawaii, nature, adventure, waihee, banyan treemakamakaole, stream, waterfall, maui, hawaii, nature, adventure, waihee, banyan tree makamakaole, stream, waterfall, maui, hawaii, nature, adventure, waihee, banyan treeThe first waterfall was about 15-20 feet high. We took a few photos at the top before climbing down the banyan roots that covered the face of the cliff. Toni volunteered to go down first.

IMG_4355.JPG makamakaole, stream, waterfall, maui, hawaii, nature, adventure, waihee, banyan tree IMG_4360.JPG IMG_4362.JPGWe arrived at the bottom of the banyan tree ladder safely. Being afraid of heights, it was a little scary being at the top – but the climb down was pretty easy.

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makamakaole, stream, waterfall, maui, hawaii, nature, adventure, waihee, banyan treemakamakaole, stream, waterfall, maui, hawaii, nature, adventure, waihee, banyan treeAfter hanging out for awhile, we climbed back up the banyan tree. We had a great time finding and swimming at this place. On our way back, we found a path through the tall grass that ended up at the pool with the rope swing! This saved us from having to climb up the stream which was really nice. Until next time!

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