Had a great time with our guide Jaime on the Wailua River Sacred Falls Tour (kayak two miles, hike a mile, lunch, then return - about 5 hours, leave either at 745am or 1215pm). He was very informative, gracious and managed a diverse group of people. The kayaking is relatively straightforward on a broad river, requiring some more deft manuevers among trees as you approach the end. Beach your kayak and prepare for the muddiest hike you can image (this was in February, the rainy season). Guide said it's the worst he's seen in 3 years, and another guide said it was the worst in 13 years.
Best to take a zen-like approach and "Become one with the mud." I wore keens and they were great; only had to get a rock out once or twice. Good support is helpful since there are a lot of roots, but my wife loved wearing her vibrams/five-finger shoes. I would want more toe protection in case my foot slipped into a rock.
120' falls are amazing. There were offerings at the base of the falls and some other guides had arranged the rocks into sacred pools. They provide lunch - simple deli sandwiches you pre-order along with chips, fruit and your choice of drink. They provide drinks before you leave, and give you everything you need - lifejacket (wearing is optional), paddle, kayak, instruction, back support, dry bag with straps to easily take on hike and put all your stuff in like a swimsuit/towel, sun protection, insect repellant - all recommended, esp. if you plan to take a dip in the falls. It's not encouraged to swim due to falling rocks, but I saw some people do it.
These guys pioneered this trip and continue to do a remarkable job - highly recommended for couples and families. The trail will dry out by May I imagine but unless they get some serious trail maintenance done, I imagine you will need to watch your footing!
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