Hike to Manoa Falls

2 miles 100 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Hillary + Matt

This short up-and-back hike is perfect for beginners who are looking for big payoff for little effort.

Located in close proximity to Honolulu, the 150-foot Mānoa Falls is accessible from the nearest road by a hike of approximately 1 mile (one way). The hike passes through a diverse array of ecosystems and feels like a true jungle, which makes it a great photo-zone. The path to the waterfall is often muddy and slippery so wear sensible shoes (read: no sandals!), and be aware that flash floods may occur at anytime. Budget approximately two hours for the entire hike.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take McCully Street out of Waikiki and turn right onto Kapiolani Boulevard. Turn left at University Avenue. Follow University Avenue as it turns into Oahu Avenue. At a five-point intersection, veer right onto Manoa Road. After passing Waakaua Street, find free parking along the final residential stretch of the street. It’s a .4 mile walk to the trailhead. Otherwise, continue driving along Manoa Road and follow the signs for $5 parking on the right hand side. After parking, continue following the road toward the mountain. At a fork, veer right toward a fence with signs marking the Manoa Falls trailhead.

CAUTION: As with all freshwater streams and waterfalls in Hawaii, Leptospirosis bacteria may be present in the water. Do not drink the water and keep water out of open wounds (including small scratches) and eyes.

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about 1 month ago

A true Jungle hike

This is an amazing hike especially for how short it is. The landscape here is amazing and there are many oportunities for pictures. The water fall here is gorgeous so much so it has been used in a few commercials.

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4 months ago

Mosquitoes present, bring repellent

This is such a beautiful hike, but it can get crowded at times. Mosquitoes are super present so wear your repellent

Try forest bathing

Hawaii state's trail access system, Na Ala Helehttps://www.facebook.com/oahu.hele, announced that the Manoa Falls trail is closed on weekdays until further notice. If you'd like to really connect to nature -- not just the Instagram version -- try forest bathing at Lyon Arboretum. The entrance to the Arboretum is right next to the Falls trailhead. Forest bathing is not a hike, as there's no goal but to be in the moment. The trail is easy and you'll walk slowly with a certified guide, and have time for quiet contemplation and sharing with others in your small group. More at forestbathinghi.com, book at bit.ly/fbhiwalk.

For the experience

Cool hike for the experience but SO crowded and VERY slippery.

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almost 2 years ago

Extend your hike

The falls itself is not that spectacular, but there is a trail that goes straight up the mountains above. This is worth having a look. Some pretty cool banyan trees that you can climb up!

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