Alapena Pool and Falls Petroglyphs is a 0.5 mile out and back trail located near Honolulu, HI that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
Lots of Mosquitos and the water doesn't look very clean. Signs of homelessness and rubbish.
Hard time with Star Rating:
+1-Star Location to the Pali Hwy. Literally, 5 minute walk. Along highway, leaving vehicle out for theft at lookout. Have to drive up to an exit from Hono, then U-turn back down to arrive at Lookout. 500 ft to scenic sign then hop over side of the cement divider.
+2-Star Short trail and not difficult. Rocky trail with vegetation, high canopy of banyans. Water ferns, thick sawgrass. Cross 10 ft Alapena Fall and head up another minute to 20ft bigger Kapena Falls.
+3-Star Two Falls and Petroglyph on backside of Alapena. Kapena boasts high jump spot but dirty water.
-1 Star Mosquitos and homeless plague the location like a deadly guardian of a hidden temple.
-1 Graffiti, trash, rock crossings and vague trail markings. Safety and security concerns.
Provided link to my hiking group's event on Meetup. Come join us soon.
Not that impressed. Pretty view for 5 minute hike but never saw the carvings. Just saw a bunch of homeless communities that screamed "no visitors".
Nice rain forest hike with a falls.
The trail is fairly easy. The good part is the Nu'uanu petroglyphs which consist of three sites along the Nu'uanu stream behind the Nu'uanu Memorial Park Cemetery and the Royal Mausoleum near Alapena pool. The petroglyphs consist of as many as forty carved images mostly human figures and dogs.