Maunawili Falls Trail

MODERATE 236 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 is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.0 miles 1464 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

over grown

rocky

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.

Very overused and extremely muddy. Nice Falls though.

7 days ago

super fun in the mud. Such a beautiful jungle/forest. Even swing from the vines.

hiking
7 days ago

Easy time finding the trail and relatively not muddy on the way up. Started raining once I got to the falls and that made everything a sloppy mess on the way back down. Waterfall was in full display considering the amount of rain we've been having.

11 days ago

loved it! muddy but great hike and fun swimming hole!

13 days ago

Awesome hike and swim area

hiking
15 days ago

My friend nicknames this the "Maunawili Mud Trail", and I agree! It is not a particularly long or steep trail - just a lot of mucking through the jungle. Be VERY careful with your footing. You'll be climbing over and under branches, balancing on tree roots and rocks to try and avoid the mud, and crossing the stream several times. If you're careful you can probably make it across the stream by balancing on the rocks, through at the very end I did end up getting my shoes wet when I missed the rock I was trying to step on.

Toward the end there are some steps going up and a really nice view, and then you will descend again and make it to the Falls. The waterfall is quite picturesque, and so beautifully tucked into the jungle. There were a couple groups of people jumping off the ledge into the pool below, which was cool to see! I honestly have no idea how they made it up there though.

Enjoy, and bring bug spray!

hiking
27 days ago

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1 month ago

great views and awesome falls

hiking
1 month ago

Bring bug spray

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

1 month 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!

1 month ago

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