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Beautiful. Quite easy for the most part, but get there early to beat the crowd.

Very beautiful trail. Enjoyed reading the historical information on the way. Waterfall isn't always available to swim in so you may want to call ahead and check if it's open. You can still walk to it, but if the water is rushing too hard, no swimming.

The only negative was the price and that we didn't know the area was closed to swimming for the day.

Had a lot of fun hiking this with my best friend and her two kids (1.5 and 9). Wear bug repellant. Views are beautiful, buildings are beautiful and show history. Parking is not fun. Be sure and stay in the dirt.

Not an easy hike. Not especially tiring or anything but you have to watch every step due to muddy trail and the stream crossings are no joke. Be prepared to cross a “stream” 50 feet wide and deep enough that your feet/shoes will be underwater. In the counterclockwise direction, our progress was blocked by a large tree and plant with sharp leaves in the middle of the trail. Trail is through a dense jungle and you can’t just “go around.” Did I mention it’s extremely muddy? Also we went in the dry season after it had not rained for several days.
Like others have said, park at the entrance to the residential area and hike to the beginning of the trail.

Very Scenic hike! Took about an hour with lots of stops for pictures. Went at 8:20. Not much people yet.

Very touristy. Kid friendly. Rocks and roots can be slippery but it’s an easy hike.

Love this trail! Took my two littles with me. Lots of water crossings and mud. There’s even some ruins along the way!

So i crashed my racing drone at the hole in the mountain and had to hike up to get it...scotts slippers, loose surf shorts and a tank top lol...i am considered a little overweight and boy this trail took a toll on me. Super nice views on the way there and the trail is fairly easy to follow. All in all i was able to retrieve my drone and make it back down before sundown

Amazing hike! But be careful it’s slippery. Other than that, the view is really amazing!!

hiking
2 days ago

Decent easy hike with a lot of tourists

on Manoa Falls Trail

hiking
3 days ago

This hike has nice views along the way and multiple spots just off the trail where you can walk to/swim in the stream. It was moderately crowded but not too bad. The trail itself was quite slippery in some spots due to the mud. Overall it was a fun hike with a cool waterfall at the end! Plus, there is a trail head for another trail at the end of this one, literally next to the falls. This trail goes up another 1.3mi or so to the top of the ridge with a beautiful view, it was worth the extra time and effort up.

Easy hike to beautiful waterfall
Child friendly
Shady

NEW ROUTE! We are locals. DONT GO the normal way through where all the signs are, through the short bamboo forest and then into the valley clearing. The state has put up a nice new fence around the whole reservoir and they are actively working on it. Instead. Park in the parking area, go to the Right, where there is a locked fence double door. There is a whole in the left side of the fence. Go through there. Go Left down road, then Left again. Bamboo Forrest and mud.Once in clearing follow the brown signs with yellow arrows. Use your phones Google maps to see the different trail options. Remember, once you hear the Lulumahu stream just follow it up and cross everyonce in a while as needed. VERY MUDDY. Wear correct shoes! Bring clean clothes to change into after.

A well-maintained trail wanders back through the jungle to a nice waterfall. Area is often muddy, so wear good shoes. A light jacket or poncho is recommended due to regular showers.

nice short hike and a beautiful view of the mountains. it was a clear day, no clouds until we descended, clouds starting to come and was drizzling a little bit. some strawberry guava on the way

4 days ago

love Hamama good for exercise, views, and cooling off after a nice workout

trail running
4 days ago

Nice quick trail to a decent lookout. Average view and not a very intensive hike at all. Can get muddy so just watch the weather, but it's nothing that would prevent you from doing it in the rain or panicking if you were caught out there in a passing shower.

Did feel a bit adventures since we lost the easiest trail a couple of times and had to backtrack . My athletic son even continued up a steep mountain side and got to a point above the falls , instead of to the end of the falls. Quite a few people around though so you could find your way by following voices. Muddy, slippery, gorgeous scent of ginger, pretty bamboo. Stunning waterfall! Only wish it was better marked.

Made it almost all the way to the K2 summit on 7/4 but it was pretty cloudy and a few of us didn’t feel comfortable making the last climb of the hike. The whole thing was really pretty but definitely some slippery spots - the trail did give way on one of the really narrow parts and I took a tumble about five feet down the side of the mountain but was able to dig my fingers in and stop myself. If you’re going to hike in Hawaii, don’t wear tennis shoes. Everything is muddy. I immediately ordered real hiking shoes and have been fine ever since.

Nice pool to swim in

This was amazing. My don is 6 and it was his very first HIKE!!! It does get a bit muddy so wear comfortable gear you do not mind getting dirty. Trust me it can wash off. No jeans, no slides, n9 crocks and no sandals. It does have a lot of traffic through it but that means you can't get lost. The waterfall is beautiful. Wear sun screen and Bug spray very important.

Hiked 8/12. Challenging but enjoyable hike. Agree with earlier reviews…wear pants! It’s extremely overgrown most of the way. I also stopped at the 3.5 mile peak due to heavy cloud cover and fog. The risk wasn’t worth the gain to fight my way the additional quarter mile to the Lanipo peak. That portion of the trail is basically non existent. Plenty of flowers and creepy crawlers to check out along the way.

This was a pretty cool hike. We did this with the little guys (7 & 4) in slippas with ease. The pool is cool but if it’s crowded just go a few more steps up the trail to the bridge and get in there. Not as deep but just as refreshing. The waterfall was worth the hike. Go early to ensure you have some time to yourself. It gets pretty crowded midday. Nice way to spend a Sunday with ohana!!

Awesome place and with a nice swimming area. Unfortunately I lost my knock off go pro there and am more concerned with losing all the great pictures I took than the camera itself. So if anyone finds it u are more than welcome to keep the camera I just want the memory card. (contour camera)

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hiking
10 days ago

The 'trail' to the upper Manoa Falls ( right above the state maintained fall) is directly above it. There should be a sign telling you not to go further. Walk past it and scramble up a bunch of rocks. You should also be able to see an old rusted fencing to your right. Soon, you will get to a huge banyan tree. Proceeed to climb up it via its rooting system. Then you will come to a ledge. From here, there will be another set of roots to climb. Once over these two humps, you will get onto another ledge veering to the right. Follow it and you will come to the second falls with a sizable swimming hole. Thread carefully. Search in the photo album and you should find some of my older second Manoa falls with pool photos and the steep climb to it. The first time I discovered this hidden pool was in 1991 with a bunch of local hikers.
Aihualama Trail- Once you veer left past the official Manoa falls trail, you should be on the official Aihualama Trail. Yes, its muddy and some parts are rocky and uneven. The trail takes you to Pauoa Flats via a series of switchbacks thru bamboo groves, old banyan trees and guava forest. At the end of Aihualama Trail, you come to a fork. Right takes you to a nice lookout point overlooking Nuuanu valley. Left takes you to other trails like Nuuanu, Kalawahine, Manoa Cliffs and Puu Ohia. Pauoa Flats Trail is getting an upgrade with a plank walk.
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lots of ups and downs and good views along the way make this a fun hike that I'll definitely do again. pretty exposed though, so make sure to have plenty of water. last portion rather muddy but not usually so for a ridgeline hike ascent. final 0.2 miles along KST has a lot of slick spots and a few portions without a real trail, which I'd avoid if you're not looking for a challenge. about 4:30 in decent weather by an experienced hiker, suggest pants for second half or so.

The main trail is easy to follow. $5 parking fee (cash only) total for the 3 of us (1car). Highly trafficked when we went and it seemed people just wanted to stand where they shouldn’t (behind the signs AND doing nothing-not even a picture). So expect to wait a while for a clear picture. You will get muddy and must have bug repellant of some kind on. Many families and dogs on the main trail too.

We searched for the upper falls trail to find after “getting lost” the trail was destroyed by a rockslide. We stayed on a secondary trail for a good hour admiring the bamboo forest. I’m not sure the significance of that trail, as it lead to another trail loop totaling some ridiculous mileage, so we turned around (needed gps at that point). In total think we walked 6 miles.

Overall good experience. Close toed shoes are a must. You will get muddy and bit by bugs. The waterfall’s beautiful and the bamboo forest is something too.

hiking
11 days ago

http://www.dlnr.hawaii.gov/recreation/files/2013/09/Oahu-Hiking-Map_HonoluluMaukaTrailsSystem.pdf
If you don't have a car, you can always take The Bus #5 till the end of Manoa Road and walk into the park where the official trailhead is. You can also take #5 to the intersection of Manoa Road and Nehoa, and walk down Nehoa till you get to Makiki St. Walk up Makiki St till you get to an open grassy area. Follow Makiki-Heights Drive till you get to Makiki Nature Center at the hairpin turn. This is where the trailhead for Maunalaha and Kanealole begins. From here, you can take either route, and follow the interconnecting trails ( the link to the pdf file above) to different spots along the Tantalus Trail system. My favorite spots are the Pauoa Flats Lookout Point, Manoa Cliffs Trail with a bench, and Manoa Falls via Aihualama Trail.
Another alternative is take bus #4 to Nuuanu Pali and get off before Kimo Drive. Walk up the Nuuanu - Pali Drive till you get to the Judd Trailhead. From here you can do the Judd Loop or go straight to Nuuanu Trail, after crossing the stream. The Nuuanu Trail will end at Pauoa Flats Trail. From here, you can either go left to Aihulama Trail or Pauoa Flats Lookout or turn right to Puu Ohia Trail, Kalawahine Trail or Manoa Cliffs Trail.

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