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If you're ever in Hawaii and want to do a fun hike, there is a trail called the Ice Ponds". This trail is about 2 miles from Honolulu International Airport, and about a 20 minute drive from hotels in Waikiki. If you are using Google Maps to find the location of this trail the coordinants are 21.367902,-157.831502.

The trail head is located in a neighborhood call Kalihi Valley. At the trail head is a gate. Go pass the gate and you will be on a paved service road. On this road you will be crossing both a wooden and a concrete bridge. After about a 20 minute hike on the service road you will pass two downed utility poles.

On the day my friends and I did the hike, we bumped into a group of pig hunters with dogs, coming down the service road. One of the hunters had a dead wild boar strapped onto his back. It was quite a sight to see. Definitely not something you see every day.

After the two poles you will see a red dirt trail on the right side of the road. This red dirt trail is very vertical and has a repelling rope on it. You will have to repel about 40' down the face of this trail. At the bottom will be the "Ice Ponds". There are several waterfalls at this site. The largest one is about 20'-25' high. The pond is about 7'-8' deep. The pond is deep enough to where hikers will climb the sides of the waterfall and jump in. There are no major submerged rocks jutting out to make it unsafe to jump.

There are a lot of footholds and handholds on the cliff faces to make it relatively easy to climb to flat areas where you can stand and jump into the pond. Some of the people told me that the first jump was a little scary, but after that it was a lot of fun to jump.

The bottom of the pond is covered with smooth river rocks. That makes it easy to walk into the pond without hurting your feet. The funny thing about this pond is there are little fish that called Oopu(pronounced oh oh poo). That's a Hawaiian word that means belly in English. The reason they are called Oopu is because these fish lay on their bellies a lot. What these fish like to do is when people wade into the water, the Oopu will playfully nibble on their toes. It's very ticklish.

So if you're every in Hawaii , or if you live here, come check out the "Ice Ponds". You'll be glad you did.


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