Maunawili Falls Trail is a 3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kailua, Hawaii 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.
dogs on leash
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.
Hit the trail around 8AM. It does get pretty muddy in some parts but the waterfalls at the end are awesome. It's a little tricky to get to the 30ft cliff to jump off and pretty scary. Jump at your own risk. I'd definitely want to do this hike again the next time I'm in town.
Beautiful waterfall at the end. Wish there was less people at the waterfall. It's so beautiful throughout the hike.
When we got there it rained and the path was just mud, ankle deep. That made it very exhausting. It took us 4 hours. I would try to do it in the dry season. Bring bug spray!
Going to be hiking to the bridge on Monday 1/30 if you're interested in joining my group email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Muddy but fun. Waterfall very note de, swimming hole awesome.
It was a great hike. Plan on taking a bathing suit and a towel. As well as, wearing a good pair of shoes; ones you won't mind getting dirty. This trail gets very muddy and is impossible to not cross the river without getting wet, once you near the end. The waterfall and pool is beautiful and worth it all. Glad we did this during our stay here.
Hiked on a dry day still a bit muddy. Bring your swimsuit and a small towel the pool at the base of the falls is very refreshing. Couple of river crossings, very cool hike.