Hiked this today midday with two families.
7-kids (9, 7, 6, 5, 3, 1 and 1 babies were mostly carried)
We are active hiking families, we and the kids rated the hike as moderate hike. Our 5 y/o boy said it was easy but he is a rock climbing lover. Our 3 year old did this mostly by herself but needed to be lifted or helped a few times. She also did a 4 miler this morning with me so if she can do it...
If you're looking for an easy hike that you can do with young kids in rainy conditions, this is the one.
Short with some amazing views along the way and a great waterfall at the end.
There is a jungle clearing with huge trees near the beginning that makes you feel like you're in the Jungle Book. One of the prettiest sites I've seen out of the 50+ different hikes I've done in my life.
This hike starts on the Manana trail and is very wide even paved for the first 1/4 mile. When the trail splits the Waimano Falls trail becomes single track and very slippery. We went in a dry day and the trail was still slick. Very steep downhill hike. Not a trail for small kids. Swimming at falls.
The hike was a great experience. It was seriously a great leg work out and the waterfall was the best part. Jumping off the ropes was super fun but I did not like seeing the rubbish that was left there. The water flow of the fall wasn't the greatest as well. The water ends up getting trapped at the bottom and doesn't have a consistent flow (water looks dirty) It's a nice hike to bring your friends if they've never been there before. What I also liked about the hike is knowing there's the Manana trail to the left and it leads you to the summit. If you don't want to hike to the waterfall then the summit would be another trail and I'm definitely going back to try that trail.
The hike overall is beautiful. You really get a taste of nature at its purest. The trail gets narrowed half way and very very muddy so lots of precaution with the little ones. Once you reach the waterfall it is totally worth it. There's a rope to help you get down to the water, and, ofcourse, a rope to climb up and splash in the fun. One of my favorite trails thus far in Hawaii.
Sesireehana B. on Waimano Falls Trail