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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.

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)

Very much interested! Who’s down? @hgonzo7

hiking
4 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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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
5 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.

got a little lost going up, but if you follow the creek you will be fine. beautiful waterfall at the end with an ice cold water hole to swim in. Be careful of flooding a lot of people died.

hiking
6 days ago

Cool little hike near the University of Hawaii. It’s close to Waikiki so it’s a bit of a tourist trap but if you have kids it’s well worth it.

It’s muddy most of the time so dress appropriately.

beautiful after a bunch of rain. fun to hang out and cool off. very easy hike

hiking
7 days ago

Really short, muddy trail but great scenery. Pretty busy as this seems to be a tourist attraction.

It’s not the most easy trail to follow. There are crazy amounts of split offs and fences to get around. It’s muddy too so go prepared. A bit too crowded for my liking but it’s a fun and beautiful trail.

great trail! really muddy (it's been rainy) but well worth it! make sure you bring bug spray or the bugs will eat you alive!

My favorite workout spot!!

Its the second best trail on the island after lulumalu falls but the best scenery around a waterfall on the island for sure. The hordes of people and $5 for parking brings it down but he ease of it will be good for lazy and unfit individuals. Its five stars if you are a tourist but as an avid hiker/resident of Hawaii I give it 4 by comparison. If you are into doing epic hikes my email is justindavidsands@gmail.com

It is very easy to get lost here with all the joining trails and the downloaded maps take you through areas that are closed for construction so you are kind of on your own. This trail is tough to find but worth it. It is definitely very easy and is in no way moderately difficult. This is the best waterfall on Oahu nothing beats the scenery of manoa falls for its surroundings but the waterfall itself here is better and the hike is less crowded and touristy. Of you wanna run trails as a group my email is justindavidsands@gmail.com

Love this trail because it's a loop - you don't have to look at the same thing in and out. There are three waterfalls along the trail and a decent amount of rope work up the last waterfall. Our group likes to swim at the first fall. Takes you up along the crater then all the way around and back down. Make sure you swing left when you get to the top and start making your way out of the crater. Taking a right will take you on a completely different trail (this is the one that connects to Wa'ahila). I've done this a few times and every time I slid down the steep muddy parts on my butt. Make sure your shoes are water-friendly. Try not to go after big rains (kind of a give/take bc the waterfalls will be bigger after rain).

hiking
13 days ago

BRING BUG SPRAY!!!!

I tried to follow the map and got lost off trail somehow. I found trail markers that were orange duct tape and took me to the waterfall so thank you for whoever placed those there. The mosquitos were horrible!! :(

There were no other people hiking the trail and the view was amazing. I found 2 waterfalls and spent over an hour just enjoying the scenery.

The hike was muddy and so much fun. A puzzling/challenging yet not very physically demanding. I went with a guy I met on instagram. I sent him a dm asking for advice and eventually led us to go on this hike together. He was so awesome to hike with. There was not a single moment of silence. He talked about his inspiring dream of eventually becoming a guide for hiking. He took me on this hike for free and just for the fellowship; however I tipped him $20 anyways because the experience was best part of trip to Hawaii. I honestly thought $20 was cutting him short. If you want a guide that isn’t just a stick that gives you directions then hit him up! He probably won’t ask for money but after you go on a hike with him you would want to pay for the experience. His instagram @ is “mvrkb”. He will not only be a guide but a friend that you could always come back and see when you to Hawaii. I promise you

hiking
14 days ago

It’s no wonder this is one of the most crowded trails on the island. The falls and the scenery are beautiful and easy to get to from the city. I would suggest arriving early, when the lot opens, to be one of the first people on the trail. Don’t plan on getting a run in along the trail simply due to the hoards of people you’ll encounter. This trail is good for dogs and kids, as long as you’re ok with the mud they’ll get on them.

Very pretty but quite muddy!! The actual trail wasn’t usable due to construction when we went so we had to take another way around. It was easy to get lost and boy did we! Everything was so pretty and the hike was so nice we didn’t mind getting a little lost and dirty. Great hike in general!

on Manoa Falls Trail

hiking
14 days ago

The sweeping views as you start the trail is awe inspiring. As you step on to the trail your are surrounded with beautiful flora and fauna. Just after the start, you come across a bridge where the views will stop you in your tracks. What a magnificent sight! The sound of the brook greets you as huge elephant ears take you aback. Walk a little further and the meadow area is covered in vines with flowers that sit at the trail edge. With the mountains in the background, the scene is surreal. And this was just the beginning of the trail. The beauty along the trail doesn’t disappoint. The downside is, this trail is EXTREMELY crowded. I brought my camera along to take in the sights but with the crowd behind you and coming towards you it is impossible to take your time to be creative along the narrow paths. I felt rushed to just take in the views let alone take photos. This trail was basically a rushed line of hikers to the top. Once you reach the falls, even that was difficult to enjoy. There was shoulder to shoulder crowd that surrounded the pool so we admired the falls, standing on rocks from afar. After just about 10 minutes we headed back down. Again in a line out of the forest.

Bring tennis/hiking shoes! The trail is muddy and slippery. The trail is easy, yes! Although this was classified as easy, there is a constant incline to get you to the falls. We saw parents with toddlers holding hands at the beginning of the trail. I can imagine either these parents ended up carrying the kids later on or turning around? We saw some older people struggle due to knee issues going back down.

hiking
14 days ago

super crowded, but thankfully got there really early.

a bit confusing, had to push through a dense bamboo forest, cross back and forth over the stream and climb over rocks.

nature trips
15 days ago

Beautiful trip alongside plants, birds, flowers, water and a lot of people. Busy road but definitely a beautiful one. Mosquitos will love you if you forget to spray some repellent.
Parking costs $5 or walk in from below.

Really nice trail. Hard but it’s worth it. You have to be ready to climb several times during the hike. Also, it was very muddy even if it didn’t rain much in the last week. Wouldn’t recommend if it’s raining and it would be better to start the hike in the morning if you want to finish it before dark (takes 5 to 6h if you do the loop). Bring more water than you think you’d need.

on Manoa Falls Trail

hiking
16 days ago

Very busy. Very buggy. But very beautiful!

Poorly maintained, no free parking and lots of inexperience people on trail. BTW...falls are kinda Meh.

amazing and easy hike to a beautiful waterfall!

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