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Manoa Falls

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Lovely shaded hike through lush tropical rainforest.
Near:Honolulu, HI
Distance:2 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:600 ft
Hike Time:1.5 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: This is an excellent and leisurely hike. It does get steep in places but nothing that an average hiker can't handle. Wear hiking boots due to the fact that it is a rainforest and the ground can be slippery. Watch for beautiful flowers and mini waterfalls on your way up. The bamboo forest is an awe to look at. People insist on etching their names in the bamboo trunks and the earliest date I found was 1974. The trail is graded and well maintained, however there are spots that are unmaintained so always make sure you have a good footing. The plant life is immense, I have no doubt that anyone could get excellent pictures for their photo album. On the way there it is up hill and on the wayback is downhill. Just before reaching the waterfall, a brief boulder climb is required. It's not too hard since I took my two year old and wife with me on this hike. They had a blast!
Trailhead: Head out West Manoa Road which is just north of Honolulu and west of pacific cemetary. Drive to the end and you will find the starting and ending point. (Lat:21.34319 Lon:-157.79808)
Trail Guides for Manoa Falls:
Oahu Trails
by Kathy Morey (Wilderness Press)

Oahu Trails
by Kathy Morey (Wilderness Press)

Oahu Trails
by Kathy Morey (Wilderness Press)

Best Seasons: Spring, Summer, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Depatment of the state
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Chad Grishaber
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 2   Submit your own review
Reviewed by Bonnie on 3/9/2012
My husband and I did this trail last week. The trail was difficult due to extremely heavy rains during our hike. Ankle deep water made it hard to get a footing on high steps. I wish I'd been better dressed for this type of hike, but it was worth the experience. Falls were impressive. There was not hint whatsoever (weather-wise) at the trail head as to what was going on up above. Will cross this one off the bucket list.

Reviewed by Viewer on 7/17/2009
Beautiful hike, but WAY too many people! The waterfall is corded off, so everyone smushes together at the bench to take pictures. There are several other waterfalls nearby that draw 1/8 of the crowd... and you can play in the water!

Reviewed by Susan on 5/28/2009
This was our first time to the falls and it was beautiful. We would definately do this again.

Reviewed by Brian on 12/30/2007
This is a magestic rain forest hike with a spectacular waterfall at the end! The trail head is about a 20min drive from Waikiki (Hale Koa hotel), and the hike ~30min up if going nonstop. Today it was WET and MUDDY, bring an extra pair of shoes and a sturdy hiking stick, maybe gloves. It was misty and cool in the mountains, for a perfect "rain forest" feel, with lush vegetation and babbling rapids in the stream along the way. If you come to Waikiki, you can't pass this gem up! Just paid the $5 parking fee for the convenience and security. No mosquitoes, just mud.

Reviewed by Dan on 2/20/2007
First rate waterfall. Splendid hike. Read my hike report here at Dan's Hiking Pages:

Reviewed by Vivette on 7/12/2006
This was a great hike! Took 3 little ones and they also enjoyed it. It was alittle crowded once we got to the fall but well worth it. At the parking lot they offer free bug repellent, I suggest you make full use of it, because it is a moist hike and there were mosquitos. We wore flip flops and wished we wore tenny shoes. But the scenery was gorgeous. Would definetely hike it again...

Reviewed by Geoff on 7/8/2006
Did the walk from the Hilton Hawaiian Village, it took 4.5 hours altogether but was worth it. drinks for $1 at the car park. Lovely mornings walk.

Reviewed by HawaiianEar on 7/29/2005
ALERT: Do not park your car at the Manoa Falls trailhead. Instead park it the residential area of Manoa Road. Just about every day, some cars are broken into when parked at the trail head. Remember to bring plenty of water. Manoa stream is contaminated with E. coli and Leptospirosis. Also check the weather. High winds will cause tree limbs and branches to land on or near your person. During wet weather the trail can be VERY slippery. About once a week the Honolulu Fire Department has to haul someone out. SUGGESTION: Gas up and use the rest rooms Chevron station on East Manoa Road as there are no facilities anywhere on the trail to Manoa Fall. The area is sometimes hunted for pigs using a pack of dogs.

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Keys: Hawaii Hiking, Hawaii Trails, Hawaii Hikes, Honolulu County Hiking, Honolulu County Trails, Honolulu County Hikes

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