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This trail is a good combination between canoe and walk, the river is quiet in canoe, after 45 minutes, you have to walk in the jungle to reach an amazing falls, don’t forget your see shoes, a very good adventure

Heads Up: landslide just occured (21/08/2018 at about 5:30pm) above Manoa Falls in the upper pool section.

some of the photos in here reflect pali notches and not the puka. The cover photo is the notches.

1 day ago

Nice out and back scenic trail. Parking is a little difficult at first in the residential area, so be mindful and considerate.

The trail maintains a gradual incline and meanders around to two scenic lookouts of the Manoa valley. The first is about 1.4 miles into the hike and the second is about .2 following. There is a third spot as it declines but the brush is thick and tall there, so we stopped just after the 2nd vista.

This was my very first trail hike a year ago, so I felt very accomplished. Absolutely beautiful scenery.

We rented a kayak and leisurely found our way to the trail head. Yes, there were a lot of other people but you don't seem to mind. The hike in was not long or a challenge. But, if you are not in at least average shape it will not be easy. Don't bother with shoes (but bring them if you are not accustom to hiking barefoot). The mud covers half the mile hike.

The waterfall is worth it. This is a don't miss here on the island. The pool is refreshing. You MUST swim in and get in under the falls. While seeing it is worth the hike, being under it is "feeling" it. Big difference.


Amazing place for sunrise pics. People normally start getting there about 15 mins prior to sunrise so I recommend getting there earlier for better parking, so the trail isn’t so crowded and for a good seat

My favorite waterfall in Hawaii this far. Fun trail through bamboo forest. Muddy right now. Awesome falls you can attempt to swim in.

Relatively easy. Great views. Easy to find. Not far from the bus.

Great trail. Beautiful waterfall.

trail is great. I have been a few times a day haven't regret it yet. when you go make sure you jump from the high point on the waterfall (the left if you're looking at the fall)

4 days ago

I do this hike regurlarly and constantly see people who shouldn't be on this trail. give aways:

1.) Wrong shoes: you really need something with grip. If you want to hike in Hawaii, invest in a good pair of hiking shows. the situation can quickly become hazardous if you are wearing flip flops, running shoes with worn grip, etc.

2.) This shouldn't be your first Hawaii hike. I've seen people on this trail, nearly each time, who are clearly terrified yet soldier on. There is no point in being a superstar on Hawaii trails. If you can't handle it, turn around. Dont put yourself or others at risk.

3.) Don't put all of your weight on the ropes.

And lastly:

4.) Know something about this area before you go. It was the site of the final stages of the Nuuanu Pali battle. 800 people perished on these cliffs. This is a sacred place. Take your trash home with you.

REGARDING THE RECENT LANDSLIDE: yes, there is a new trail to the right of the landslide. I caution everyone, however, since it is apparent that the debris from the landslide is being held in place by a smaller tree. That's a lot of weight to bear for one tree. When that tree goes, I suspect more of the trail underneath will be obliterated. Exercise extreme caution. DO NOT touch any branches or put weight on any boughs in that area to avoid another landslide. I think the clock is ticking on this thing, seriously.

TRAIL HAS BEEN RESTORED AFTER THE LANDSLIDE. I completed the hike on 9/17/18 and yes, there is a landslide, but there is a safe bypass trail that was made that safely goes around the wreckage.

Flat easy trail with amazing coastal views the entire way! Once you reach the point at the end there's a fence you pass and a sanctuary full of birds.

We parked at the beach near the trail road, I heard there have been break ins so keep your valuables on you.

Very beautiful hike, make sure bring plenty of water and snack. There are no shades. There is no parking. I parked in close by beach and walked from there. It is very busy and straight forward trail once’s you find it.

Feel’s like I’m in Jurassic park! Falls are a nice cool down at the top.

5 days ago

Beautiful walk through the rainforest. Feels like your in jarrassic park!

was a nice trail! breathtaking view...

Heads up if you are taking the Kolowalu via Waahila Ridge. Parts of Kolowalu Trail is gone.



5 days ago

Great first impression of trails on the island. Had a mixture of refreshing rain and sunshine breaking through at various points. Numerous photo opportunities , especially at the end of the trail of a fantastic waterfall. Highly recommend for any skill level, although near the top it can become a little slick for elderly. I have had to help hold a few hands to ensure they see the view.

Waterfall was great. Hike past the waterfall was an adventure

So much fun and a great view! Be careful not to go right after a rainstorm, the trail definitely gets muddy.

Little buggy but super fun!

Ran it yesterday (15 sept). Don’t get discouraged by the entrance, it looked like a lot of bush whacking and not a great trail but after you get into it it’s actually a very open and clear trail. I’m used to single track in Utah where you are always running through bushes on either side of the trail but this trail was always wide enough to not touch any of the beautiful flora. At the first sign in the trail, turn left. Someone scratched it off but left is the correct way to the falls (and summit). It got very very muddy around mile 2.3 and the roots get very slippery. There is a stretch that is completely covered by trees growing from one side of the trail and bending over to the other. I had to duck down at many times. This was also the muddiest part, but while watching my footing and head slowed me way down, it was very enjoyable. Wasn’t ever steep, nice gradual climb that was only slowed by the elements. Fun trail!

We did the Tom Tom section from Waimanalo. I noticed more ‘ No Hiking’ signs are up from the Makapuu end.

Easy trail. Gets hot and a little crowded but nice views.

6 days ago

This hike was great. The trail immediately takes you into the wilderness feel. It’s short, but the scenery, especially the large open area at the bridge, is the most beautiful I’ve personally ever seen.

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