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.

Pack List

  • Running or hiking shoes
  • Athletic clothes
  • Camera
  • Rain jacket
  • Bus ticket (if not driving)
  • Water
  • Snacks (can also buy on-site)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
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RT Distance 2 Miles
Elevation Gain 100 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Scenic
Waterfall

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Pretty Good

Cool jungle and waterfall. Nice short walk but it is crowded.

Manoa Falls

This hike is normally crowded, very touristy. But beautiful, and make sure you go after it rains, or else there won't be a waterfall to look at.

almost 2 years ago

Epic

Super amazing hike through the jungle. Not to hard and to to easy to get bored. Fun for a group or by yourself!


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