Maunawili Falls Trail

MODERATE 223 reviews
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Maunawili Falls Trail is a 3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kailua, HI that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.0 miles 1210 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


fly fishing


mountain biking

nature trips

trail running






wild flowers




old growth

over grown


A nice hike through the jungle to great view of Kailua, Maunawilli Falls, and a swimming hole. Maunawili Trail contours the base of the Koolau Mountain Range on the windward side. It begins off the Pali Highway and ends in Waimanalo. It offers spectacular views of the windward side of Oahu, Olomana, and the Koolaupoko watershed. Vegetation along the trail includes mountain apple, rose apple, ti, naupaka, mamake, lobelia, koa and ohia. Maunawili Trail is a good family trail. There are three access points for this trail. The Maunawilli Falls Trail is a great hike in Kailua along the river that eventually stops at a beautiful waterfall with a great swimming hole below. 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). The trail is often muddy, especially after rains, and you will cross the river several times along the trail. 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.

19 hours ago

Bring bug spray

19 hours ago

6 days ago

This is a good trail when its wet to get muddy and also a good workout on because getting your footing can be a challenge at times.

7 days ago

Awesome hike.....gets more challenging when it is muddy

10 days ago

awesome day to do it. mud was fairly dry and water was clear. made it to falls in 32 min.

12 days ago

Amazing hike though the beautiful Hawaiian rainforest with rewarding views and refreshing waterfall at the top.

12 days ago

Amazing and beautiful hike through the Hawaiian rainforest with rewarding views and refreshing waterfall at the top.

14 days ago

Extremely muddy but so worth it when you get to the waterfall at the end. There are multiple places to jump in the lagoon as well!

15 days ago

it was muddy as shit ... lol but worth it

19 days ago

No need words just go

20 days ago

One word, MUDDY!!LOL.It was worth it tho.Heard about the "shortcut trail" so we decided to explore a bit coming down and found it! Took us about 1hr coming up, 15-20min coming down but we ended up in a neighbors driveway. If you do come across that way, please be respectful.

20 days ago

VERY fun trail to hike with a LOT of mud. Amazing swimming hole and waterfall at the end. Will definitely be hiking again. Be prepared to get really dirty and to slip around. Would recommend shoes you don't care about!

21 days ago

This trail has the most mud I have ever seen! Seriously, every review mentions mud and there's a good reason for it. Almost every step was in mud, sometimes to your shins. Fun hike with the family but sandals, even hiking sandals, are not good for this trail. I'd do this one agin but only in a drier season, if there is one.

22 days ago

This is a very fun hike! Great falls for swimming and jumping off into. It was very muddy on the trail the entire way but well worth going through.

26 days ago

Embrace the mud and you will enjoy the hike even more . Bring old shoes if you have any. Hike is about 2.56 miles round trip on garmin 610. Took me 44 min to get to falls and about 40 to get back.

29 days ago

We took our four children on this hike (ages 9, 6, 3, & 1). It was definitely muddy for nearly the entire hike. The baby rode in the backpack and the 3 y/o really struggled but we made it up and back!! It is an incredible view. And if you are using the Kailua tourist map, don't be deceived... it is NOT a 1 mile hike. This hike was closer to 6 miles and took us a total of 7 hours with a lot of breaks. It was worth doing at least once with the kids.

30 days ago

The trail itself was awful, but jumping into the water under the falls was a blast!

1 month ago

Super muddy. Had our 6 and 10 yr old with us. The 6 yr old had a little bit of a hard time with all the mud. The falls were crowded but still awesome!

1 month ago


1 month ago

muddy but worth it. could be super dangerous so be careful and dont wear fip flops