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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.

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.

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3 days ago

This was for sure closer to 10 miles one way, beautiful trail with lots of tiny waterfalls and beautiful views.

4 days ago

nice trail. good cardio. if you like to venture using the 'shortcuts' do so with caution. many end up putting you on a mud slide. this girl learned her lesson, after falling about 5 times.

Came here for the tidepools. What an awesome experience! Should've paid attention to the directions, first headed down the wrong trail from the first lookout. Realized my mistake after scrambling down about 100 feet before deciding to turn back. The trail leading down to the tidepools was off of the third lookout. The way down was definitely more treacherous. Smaller kids would likely need a lot of help. But it was well worth it. By far the most memorable part of the trip for us. The tidepools were amazing with its wide array of fish. Nice reward for the work hiking down with a dip in the pool. The dragon nostrils were also impressive.
The hike back up was strenuous but easily doable. Made it back up in under 15 minutes.
Overall, this is must do for anyone looking for a memorable experience in Oahu.

Definitely worth getting to the top!

hiking
6 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
7 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.

hiking
7 days ago

http://www.dlnr.hawaii.gov/recreation/files/2013/09/Oahu-Hiking-Map_HonoluluMaukaTrailsSystem.pdf

hiking
7 days ago

http://www.dlnr.hawaii.gov/recreation/files/2013/09/Oahu-Hiking-Map_HonoluluMaukaTrailsSystem.pdf

hiking
8 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.

hiking
9 days ago

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

hiking
10 days ago

You can tell where the trail is fairly easily most of the time but there is minimal marking tape through out. There are some blown down trees that are quite a challenge and a blown over bamboo forest that was nearly a belly crawl to get through. On the way back we discovered a path on the alternate side of the stream which helped a lot and some stream crossings at various points helped us to bypass blown over trees. The waterfall itself is pretty but yes there are no pools to play in. It is NOT currently dog friendly though it is dog doable

We were there on a Thursday afternoon and it wasn't crowded. Dry, desert landscape, but the views at the top are awesome. We had the extra treat of seeing a hanger glider and a paraglider playing in the air right in front of us.

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.

Such a pretty view!❤️

Great hike for my little ones and pregnant wife!

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!

The brevity of this trail combined with the view make it a great choice but for a truly epic experience climb down into the wave pool below. Just look down at the right moment and you should see plenty of people down there. The epic waves and fish and experience is just fantastic. Be careful not to get too close to the waves because they are unpredictable and can carry you out and smash you against the rocks. As a resident Hawaiian I give it 4 simply because of just how many epic trails there are here but a tourist would likely give it 5 stars. Email me at justindavidsands@gmail.com if you want to do some of the truly epic and challenging trails.

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

hiking
15 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.

hiking
16 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
16 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
16 days ago

super crowded, but thankfully got there really early.

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