Hike to Maunawili Falls

3.2 miles  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Erik Holmes

This 3.2-mile hike leads to a pool and waterfall. The hike can be challenging with a lot of mud on the trail as well as slippery rocks, but it's well worth it once you reach the falls. The pool is equipped with a rope swing (proceed with caution!).

The trail, is roughly 3.2 miles and is a great option if you're in the Kailua area. You'll hike in a covered forest along the riverbank, which leads to an amazing waterfall and swimming hole. Many people like to jump from the waterfall into the pool below, and some with a bit more courage even climb higher to the side of the waterfall to jump further (try at your own risk).

While on the trail, you'll be covered for most of the hike. About half way through the hike you will break out of the trees for some nice views of the surrounding mountains and views towards Kailua in the distance. Keep in mind that the trail is often muddy, so bring shoes that you don't mind getting dirty and that work well in challenging conditions.

Tips: Park far from the trailhead--there are strict parking regulations and you don't want a ticket. This trail follows creek and is usually very wet and muddy. Wear appropriate shoes (sandals are very hard to walk in once they get muddy). Almost all of this hike is covered, but mosquitoes can be a problem, so throw some bug spray in your bag.

Here's a topographical map of the area. Keep in mind, the section of the trail to the falls is significantly shorter than the full outline of the Maunawili trail.

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Swimming
Hiking
Scenic
Waterfall

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Awesome Hawai'i Hike

This hike is not grueling, though it can be wet and muddy... a deterrent for many people, though it offers a spectacular experience for those who decide to make the full trek to the falls. Don't be afraid to ask people for assistance if you get turned around; I have seen a few people walking in circles as it can get confusing with all the muddy tracks.

Different Every Time

Iv done this hike at least 10 times and it was a different experience every time. It's challenging without being to hard and beautiful the whole way. It's a hike everyone on Oahu should do.

Not So Simple With Kids When Muddy

Awesome hike. The trail was recently rained on and super muddy. The mud is a shoe eater and destroyer! And adds a few levels of difficulty to the hike. We made the hike with our three boys ages 6, 3, and 1 month. If we had known the conditions before hand I think we would have gone elsewhere. Beautiful scenery, jungle like flora and fauna, good shade for most of the hike. Incredible waterfall and pool! Enjoy - but use caution when muddy!!!

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