Hike to Manoa Falls

Hawaii Manoa Falls 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.

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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Activities:

Fitness, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

2 Miles

Elev. Gain:

100 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Scenic
Waterfall

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about 2 months 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!

about 2 months ago

7 months ago

Short hike, pretty views

extremely crowded. lots of mosquitos. short hike. some pretty views.

7 months ago

Hike was short, falls were beautiful! but crowded

Quick little hike to see some beautiful falls, very crowded but nice to see!

9 months ago

Super Touristy, Crowded

Probably the most touristy hike next to Diamondhead. Have to pay for parking, almost always lots of people too. Takes about 5-10 minutes to get to the falls. It's a pretty waterfall with nice scenery but you can definitely find better ones with less people on Oahu. If you're NOT in shape, this is the hike for you Lol

9 months ago

almost 2 years ago

The falls weren't that impressive, but the vegetation was beautiful.

almost 2 years ago

almost 2 years ago

Love this hike! so much green

almost 2 years ago

about 3 years ago

This was a short, easy, hike, right in town but you could have been miles from civilization. It was wet and a bit slippery but well worth the mud...

about 3 years ago

about 3 years ago

If you've got the whole family with you, this is the hike for you. It's not too long and not too challenging, but obviously rewards you with an awesome waterfall. Be prepared for muddy trails.

about 3 years ago

over 3 years ago

Bring lots of bug spray &/or cover up!

over 3 years ago

Added by Hillary + Matt

A writer + photographer on a journey to see the world. Dreamers. Doers. And, yeah, we don't mind missing a shower or two. www.andtheretheygo.com

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