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
Very fun. Very easy begin threw me off. The trail begins with pavement and then dirt (moist and a little slippery) and then there are some signs that point to either the ridge or the waterfall. The waterfall trail takes a steep decline which you're gonna have to come back up, so keep that in mind. The trail down to the waterfall was very slippery and very muddy. There were some families on the trail as well as some other couples. The waterfall itself is nice with some swings.
I would recommend wearing some shoes with some grip, regular sneakers would probably slip.
Was a muddy hike to get there but so worth it. Lots of fun jumping into the pools and swinging off the ropes. Wouldn't recommend this for younger kids after a lot of rain, the paths get pretty narrow and steep.
Here's a video of the hike and the pools: https://instagram.com/p/BOfnnh-A2HI/
We did run into some wild boar hunters at the start of the trail but I wouldn't worry about anything.
Loved this trail, made it to a nice little secluded pool of water which I swam in and then I got lost in this little jungle of roots of trees or something! Finally heard voices and found my way out to the Falls and climbed my way back up and out. Definitely need tennis shoes no flip flops. Muddy, rocks and steep hills. Enjoyed it!