Naniuapo Falls Trail is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Honolulu, HI that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
One of the lesser known falls in Manoa Valley. You will pass some old abandoned homes on the way.
Nice hike; need heavy rain for waterfall to be really flowing but beautiful bamboo forest and mountain stream.
We decided to wait for a rainy day, a tropical storm in fact, to do this one. It was safe because we wouldn't fall off of any mountain, and we had a plan for a flash flood. At the start of the trail, we crossed a couple bridges, chose the left fork, passed through a gate, encountered a couple of abandoned shacks, and a man laying in our path. As we continued, the well maintained trail follows the stream into the back of the valley. It was fairly easy and only squishy muddy in some parts. Our surprise sleeper, warned us that the trail veers right now because of the downed tree. We didn't understand until our path was completely blocked by this enormous trunk. A rope was available to do something with, but because of the rain and storm, we turned around, headed down to the stream, and crossed into a bamboo forest. It was dark, and we were unsure except for the clear path that lay ahead of us. Following it up, the steps were a good work out, it brought us straight to the fall, and boy was the fall flowing!
The pictures we had seen were mostly of a trickle, this was the perfect conditions to seek out this secret fall! It was amazing. However, common sense made us look at all the fallen trees and realize that hanging out here all day, with tropical storm conditions would not be smart. So, we took our pictures and left.
Our trip back was fast! The weather was holding out, and we did don our ponchos...probably because we just wanted to wear them. Once we made it back to the car, and was settled, the rain started falling and didn't stop. It was a perfect adventure!