History and Geography: Adventurers were we on a random weekday morning as coffee in hand and dew in our eyes led us blindly up to the Naohia Falls, now more commonly called Kalihi Ice Ponds, for an experience like no other. Kalihi Ice Ponds are a set of three-tiered waterfalls and pools located in the back of Kalihi Valley. This easy walk is almost not something you’d think of when you go hiking, but then again we have Kahana Nakoa and the Manoa Fall Trail which also have ease of access.
Kalihi is considered a multi-ethnic and middle-working class district of Honolulu, was said to have been named by King Kamehameha V . Meaning “the edge” in the Hawaiian language, the history of this neighborhood is filled with stories of 1900’s sugar cane plantation workers transitioning into city life, farmers, cannery workers, and teachers; of famous fishponds, called Loko i’a; and later as the Receiving Station for leprosy patients screened for treatment or to be sent to the Kalaupapa colony on the island of Molokaʻi. The contour of the valley was created by its streams and openness in lower sections come from the widening of the valley as it reaches the Honolulu harbor. The flatlands at the bottom of the valley now hold such landmarks as the prestigious Kamehameha private school and Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, a famed site of old world Hawaiian culture culminating from years and millions in research and preservation. Among those are the businesses in the commercial district such as Hawaiian Chip Company and the Kalihi Corner Kitchen, family owned restaurants all trying to make a living in a bustling, grown-up district.
Kalihi St. to the End – located at the end of this road are some residential areas and businesses. Be quiet, respectful, and timely in parking your vehicle out of sight, out of mind. Cross the wooden bridge and do not disobey No Parking signs or expect to hitchhike your way home on the way back. If you have a loud engine, you probably shouldn’t even go to this site if you can’t be considerate enough to carpool with a quieter vehicle. There is a continuation of the Kalihi St, worn and not used, that will continue up the hill for some 1500 yds. The fenced section has an access point on the right to follow the road along one bridge section, then a steady 400 ft climb over the course of a half-hour along this old road.
Below This Section Recounts One of the Dangers of Going During Rainfall. Please Use Caution and Never Hike Alone. Mahalo. (Note: All debris was cleared after this storm.)