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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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When I read the review that you’ll get wet I assumed they meant walk through a stream, the water’s actually dripping from the roots in the ceiling. Reviews also say headlamps are necessary and they’re definitely not for the right cave (phone works) but could be nice for the left cave. We were fine anyways. Close toed shoes definitely necessary. My friend in vans slipped (not bad/doable) and I was fine in my timberlands.

The right cave is easy and more friendly because it’s short and just stops.

The left cave requires some low stances (watch your head) and traversing rocks. It also opens up to a huge tube a few times. There are reassuring orange arrows/dots depicting the way out (same way in). At the end of the tube there are a few holes which you physically could climb out of but I do not recommend. For one, where are you, two is that a maintained trail, three the signs specifically say exit through the entrance. So go back out through the cave.

Also be aware the weather may change by the time you’re out of the cave. Sunny for us when we went in and pouring when we came out. Car’s not far from the entrance so it was okay.

nature trips
4 days ago

Absolutely beautiful. I wouldn’t consider it as much of a hike as it is a lookout. That said, worth the stop. Please stay on the main trail, as you could be fined for walking off, but more importantly it keeps you and the local ecosystem safe. The right is wheelchair friendly, the left requires stairs (the right is a better view of the falls anyways). There is a bathroom and seems highly trafficked, but it was easy for us to take pictures around the people.

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

Great hike going was easy and the snorkeling was amazing. Cool remains of an old village and lots of wildlife. Saw a school of Dolphins really close to shore.
The hike back up was a little strenuous but totally worth it.

Great place to start if you are camping in one of the spots nearby. You should start as early as possible and be prepared for some serious elevation gain. The top is pretty crowded so you may have to spend a good amount of time at the top.

walking
10 days ago

Beautiful overlook. This is a two level overlook - there is no trail at all.

My favorite workout spot!!

Excellent snorkeling ! Easy to go down but a little more challenging on the way back since it’s 100% uphill (on the way back) and very humid at this time of the year. I would give a 4 for the hike and a 5 for the snorkeling.

The nature trail, botanical garden, picnic area and the mountain hikes at Kalopa offer something for everyone! This is an underused gem of the island. Bring shoes that can tolerate a sometimes muddy terrain and mosquito repellant. Wear layers as —with many places in Hawaii— the weather may change rapidly. When we hiked (July) the wild ginger was in bloom on the perimeter trail and it was heavenly. Another tip: until AllTrails lists the other hiking trails, I recommend taking a photo of the map at the trailhead for navigation. The old growth Eucalyptus in this forest is Ent-like. Be prepared to be in awe.

The way down with proper shoes is fine. The snorkeling spot is fantastic even saw some dolphins. That being said we are pretty experienced hikers. We brought in 2.5L hydration packs and ate some granola bars down by the bay. I'm not sure if having a wet bathing suit on under our clothes or maybe dried salt on our skin, or even the Vog conditions, but I got really bad heat exhaustion on the hike back. You are basically walking up stairs that are made from loose gravel for about 1.5miles with no coverage whatsoever. The sun is just beating down on you and the UV index is considered extreme. We saw multiple people on the way back up in the same boat. Do not attempt the hike back up, during July/Aug btwn 12 and 3pm. I really can not stress this enough.

We were not dehydrated, we had plenty of water with us and we still experienced severe heat exhaustion. It took us 45mins to get down and over 90mins to get back out. There were a few trees around markers 5 and 4, they barely had any shade and they are covered in fire ants so you can't sit or lean. I honestly felt like we were in the hunger games and everything was trying to kill us. Again I'm from Florida and I live and hike in Colorado. I'm used to heat and high humidity. I hike in Colorado at much higher elevations and we are both in shape. We had done 6 other hikes in the past 3 weeks on Oahu and Kuawai that were double the distance and elevation gain with no issues. Be very careful attempting this hike in these conditions.

Easy waterfall, just walk out of the parking lot to see it. Cool Banyan trees at the top of the falls.

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful views and definitely closer to hard on the moderate spectrum but SO WORTH IT. I talked to the police officer that was there who I assumed was watching to catch people trespassing just to make sure I didn’t get detained or anything and he said the land is DLNR owned so out of his jurisdiction to enforce. So if you see state vehicles there I’d just go back another time.

Lost the trail a couple times so use GPS. Bring a hat it was super sunny. Only made it to Puka and back which took us 3 hours but we stopped for lots of photos

walking
17 days ago

Enjoyable trail to visit and easily accessible -

Like so many pointed out in their reviews it is critical to understand that it can be deceiving looking at the entire loop, 3.7 miles, as not a biggy but the reality is that it its not really a trail. 3/4 of the loop is overgrown, muddy, you will have to constantly watch your step. Its and ankle and knee twister all the way. That's why most people recommend to do the crouching lion section and then turn around again. The ridge part is beautiful, fun and super rewarding, the rest of the loop will provided you with very little views and lots of pain.
So, we did the entire loop in about 7 hours, 5 of which are a pretty painful experience. And on top of it we ran out of water. So here is a punch list if you feel like doing the entire loop:
1 Shoes with solid traction
2 Long pants
3 Long sleeve shirt ( you will for 2 hours move brush out of your face)
4 Gloves - a lot of brush is between 4-6 feet high that you have to move with your hands, when coming down the last part of the loop you will have to move on all fours sometimes.
5 2 quarts of water and electrolites per person.
6 Hold on to your hat, string it to the backpack. It gets really brisky in the ridge and you dont want to loose your footing for grabbing after your hat.
Good luck.

the trail head starts near the end of the paved/ dirt road, which has many no trespassing signs. the warning signs are marking private property on both sides of the road, not the road itself. the trail is easy to navigate and is frequented by motorcycles. the top of the trail is muddy. the hike/ run is better than the falls which are small. don't expect waimea.

all in a great run.

Cool if you've never seen a lava tube before.

The best you'll love all the guava and all the different kinds of trees.

Beautiful, paradise hike in 2014 when I hiked to Hanakapi’ai Beach and then on to the Falls! Unbelievable views.

on Makaua Falls Trail

hiking
21 days ago

This trail gave me such a thrill! I really enjoyed it!

it was a beautiful hike! I'm giving this trail 4 stars because the miles stated are not correct according to my GPS. I spoke with a few people on the trail and we all had the same amount of miles tracked. I got 15.26 miles and others got 16. I think the miles need to be reevaluated.
Aside from the miles, the weather was perfect!
The trail was easy to follow and beautiful, with a couple of natural springs for extra water.

Probably my favorite waterfall on island. The pool at the beginning of the trail is so clear and refreshing. The hike up is not very shaded. It is a great hike for experienced children hikers.

Very easy to lose the trail. Great views though. Also, I don’t think the distance is correct.

Awesome little hike, the falls is awesome and very unique, BUT, the real treasure comes early in the hike as there is a nice little pond to swim in.

The trail is wonderful and not very technical at all, but it is long (22 miles) and often very slippery. If you like long beautiful hikes this is the way to go. I would recommend to leave super early so you can make it back before dark. Take a Lifestraw with you to save dragging water with you. At the half way (11mile) mark, before turning around, make sure to dip in the creek - it is magical.

Did this with a large crew of people, organized parking cars ahead of time in Waimanalo. I was a little wary of the trail b/c I have a moderate fear of heights but ain't no thang - there are no steep drops if you stick to the main trail. It's pretty well defined the whole way, fun to mountain goat your way up to the top. Make sure you bring sunscreen bc you're exposed pretty much the whole time to the hot hot bright sun. A guy did this trail in a kilt, no shirt and... he was lobster red when we saw him at the end. Yikes. Those of us who slathered ourselves with sunscreen and wore hats were fine. Lots of ups/down, I would rate this trail as on the harder end of moderate but not advanced. Bring plenty water, wear long pants so you don't get scraped on the thorny plants that thrive in the desert-like terrain and climate.

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