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Kaniakapupu Ruins and Luakaha Falls [CLOSED] is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.5 mi Elevation gain 232 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Waterfall

Wildlife

Bugs

Muddy

Closed

Historic site

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Due to recent vandalism of this sensitive archeological site, the Kaniakapupu Ruins are PERMANENTLY CLOSED. Anyone found in the watershed area can be cited. Refer to the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources for more information: http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/blog/2019/03/28/nr19-063/

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Anu Hutch
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Spenserflow ⠀
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Rufus Antley
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Hiking

Easy hike through bamboo forest. Ruins are beautiful. Be careful because the hike is now closed and you can be cited for being there. Easy to do this and Lulumahu Falls in same day.

Johna Hankins
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Stay out of this area. Especially if you don’t know where you are or the cultural significance of the area. Pack your shit out. Pick up after others if you do go anyway.

Chelsea McKay
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One of the coolest things to do on Oahu in under an hour! This was so fun! The ruins are awesome and have a lot of history, with informational plaques nearby. The falls were pretty epic as well, they were flowing strong when I was expecting them to be dry! The ruins are technically closed due to vandalism, but we didn’t run into any trouble. Also no signs of vandalism from what I could tell, but maybe they have since repaired it. Park at the parking lot / trail head for Lulumahu Falls. Saw no other people on the trail.

Anastasia David
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Hiking

Easy hike and beautiful reward. Please be respectful. You can also hike to the top of the waterfall if you continue past the ruins.

Jennifer Sakumoto
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Hiking

Lots of mosquitoes on this trail. Can be very muddy after the rain. The destination is the best part, hike itself was nothing special

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Caroline Werkheiser
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Fernando Marta
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Greg & Tamara Palmertree
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Hiking

Beautiful trail.. interesting ruins

Thomas Horner
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Hiking

Super short family friendly trail, if you don't mind things that are technically illegal. Small set a ruins, but great history though, it's a shame it had to be closed because off a couple bad eggs.

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Elaine Gregory
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HikingBugsMuddy

Nice short walk. I just read though that it’s now closed. So sad that people vandalized this special place. I’m glad I got to see it before it was closed.

Meghan Boone
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Tyler Novak
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Hiking

I didn’t realize they downed a tree at the trailhead and have signs everywhere saying how it’s restricted watershed property.

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Shannon Barlow
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Hiking

The directions on the All Trails App is wrong. Thankfully there were two hikers who knew how to get to the entrance. Super easy. 5-10 minute walk. My 5,3, and 1 year old did this with me.

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Ashley Blackmer
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I used the AllTrails map to find the entrance. The map is slightly confusing/incorrect because the entrance is where the trail crosses the road on the map, not where it shows that it starts. It's an opening in the bamboo on the side of the road. The trail to the ruins is wide and easy to walk. You just turn left at the Y and it leads to the ruins. To get to the top of the waterfall is a little more difficult. The trail has bamboo and trees fallen across it. It's also confusing at the Banyan tree. You turn left just before the giant Banyan tree and walk on the side of a concrete retaining wall/ jump across the small ditch to the retaining wall. It looks like there might not be a path, but it is there, just covered with fallen trees/bamboo. Once you get to the waterfall, if you look down, you can see someone's backyard. Most definitely bring bug spray; there are many mosquitoes that bit me despite covering myself in repellant.

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