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Hawaii's 'Weeping Wall' Is A Misty Oasis Of Waterfalls

07/22/2015 05:05pm ET | Updated July 22, 2015

Why settle for one waterfall when you can be surrounded by an abundance of them?

Located near the center of Hawaii's lush island of Kauai, "The Weeping Wall" is made up of multiple waterfalls that cascade down the different grooves of Mount Waialeale -- one of the wettest places on Earth.

The mountain alone, covered in shades of emerald green and reaching 5,066 feet into the sky, is awe-inspiring. Add the stark white lines of the waterfalls and the misty clouds that drape over the cliffs and you have a perfectly dreamy oasis.


While Mount Waialeale, which in Native Hawaiian means "rippling water" or "overflowing water," might look foreboding, it is actually surprisingly accessible.

Helicopter tours on Kauai offer sweeping views of Waialeale and pilots have been known to hover near the base of the falls for a closer look.

Bolder (read: more experienced) travelers can opt for a strenuous three-mile hike that leads to an area known as the Blue Hole, a deep canyon found at the base of the Weeping Wall on the mountain's east side. Hikers can take a dip in icy ponds surrounded by the waterfalls thousands of feet high on their way to the Blue Hole.

To get to the Blue Hole trail, hikers will first need to embark on a muddy ride of a few miles in a 4-wheel drive vehicle, past the end of Kuamoo Road in Wailua, before reaching the actual trailhead.

Only experienced hikers should attempt the Blue Hole hike as the trail is not clearly marked and stretches through heavy jungle, where flash flooding can occur. A hired guide is recommended for those not familiar with the area.

But all that effort is totally worth it.

Cool off below with the misty perfection of Mount Waialeale and its waterfalls:

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