Manoa Falls Trail [CLOSED] is a 1.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length1.7 miElevation gain633 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsRunningForestViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeBugsMuddyClosedFee
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INDEFINITE CLOSURE: As of April 2021 this trail is closed indefinitely. For more information, please visit http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/forestry/frs/reserves/oahu/ A short hike to the base of Manoa Falls in the Manoa Valley in Honolulu, Oahu, the Manoa Falls Trail winds through a lush Hawaiian tropical rainforest filled with movie scene locations from Jurassic Park and LOST. The trail can be quite muddy, so proper closed toe footwear is recommended. Unfortunately, swimming is not allowed in the pool at the base of the waterfall but the views alone justify this easy hike. This area receives significant rainfall so check the weather before going to avoid flash floods. The trailhead is a short drive from downtown Honolulu and can be accessed at the end of Manoa Road.There is a $5 fee to park. Visitors might also be interested in the nearby Lyon Arboretum and Botanical Garden which preserves endangered Hawaiian plant species. For more information see the reserve page here: https://hawaiitrails.hawaii.gov/trails/#/trail/kolowalu-trail/221

Parking costs $5 at the parking lot, or you can take the #5 bus which stops just before the entrance, on the residential streets. You can also park on the residential streets and walk about 1/4 a mile in.

Follow Manoa road up as far it will go. You can also take the bus up (#5)

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David Livingston
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HikingGreat!

Tourists attraction. Average falls. Too many tourists.

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Sam A.
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HikingBugsClosedFloodedMuddyOver grownPrivate propertyRocky

The five stars are for one of the worse trails on Oahu. Manoa Falls, Pu'u Pia trail, and Kolowalu trails --- all in Manoa, on Oahu are CLOSED!!. Boulders and rockslides!! You will be given a huge monetary fine for entering. Also, if you need to be rescued the City & County of Honolulu will give you the bill for the rescue! In the Fall & Winter months Manoa has a lot of rain so these trails are extremely dangerous to hike because they are muddy & full of mosquitoes. BEWARE: there are homeless people living along the trails. The area has many rental units and a high rate of burglaries. Vehicles are often broken into. Suggest you hike other trails on Oahu. Posted: April 3, 2021

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Michelene Hearn
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Closed

CLOSED very closed. Can get hefty fine for hiking it anyway, closed for mud/ rock slides

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Jennifer Woolcott
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HikingClosed

Trail closed to the public right now. Drove up and there was a park ranger stopping people. Rock mitigation.

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Josephine Spitzley
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HikingClosedFloodedMuddyWashed out

Trailhead closed 3/17/21. Tried pu’u pia route but the trail was a little stream. Very muddy so turned around 0.25miles in. Would like to do someday when the rains aren’t hitting Oahu so hard.

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Lana Alicata
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HikingMuddyPrivate property

Favorite area to hike, quintessential rainforest. Not too muddy. Did Pu’u Pia trail (no sign of it being closed at trailhead) and then crossed over to Manoa and went up to the falls and hiked back via Manoa trail. Spectacular, easy, saw two other groups, they are constructing a path out of lava rock so tread lightly.

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Mike Chapman
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Hiking

Went there a long time ago before it closed. Great for the kiddos, slightly challenging and a little muddy. I enjoyed it though.

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Sam A.
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Manoa Falls, Puu Pia, and Kolowalu trails --- all in Manoa, on Oahu are CLOSED!!. Boulders and rockslides!! You will be given a huge monetary fine for entering. Also, if you need to be rescued the City & County of Honolulu will give you the bill for the rescue. In Fall & Winter months Manoa has a lot of rain so these trails are extremely dangerous to hike because they are muddy & full of mosquitoes. BEWARE: there are homeless people living along the trails. The area has many rental units and a high rate of burglaries. Vehicles are often broken into. Jeeps and Ford Mustangs are targets since they are often vehicles driven by tourists. There are better hiking trails on Oahu. Posted February 1st, 2021

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K K
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Hiking

Does anyone know when this trail will be open?

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Brad Amos
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Hiking

This trail is closed!! There’s a gate and a No Trespassing sign. We weren’t sure so we went there to check, and it is.

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Jeremy Brown
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Hiking

Great trail! Perfect for most kids! Lots of beautiful TX scenery.

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Lance Pohano
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Cheyenne Cole
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WalkingGreat!

Beautiful hike! Great for kids and beginner hikers. Always very crowded though.

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Rose Baker
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Great hike

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Chelsea McKay
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By no fathomable stretch of the imagination can this be classified as “moderate”. This is EASY. This is hands down the easiest hike on the island. Anyone suggesting otherwise clearly has never hiked, and most certainly has never hiked in Hawaii before.

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Isa M
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HikingBugsClosedGreat!Muddy

The trail is currently closed for maintenance. This is one of my favorite legal waterfall trails. Dog friendly and kid friendly. There is safe parking so you don’t have to worry about your car getting broken into. The waterfall doesn’t flow as strongly as it did before the landslide, but it’s still worth the hike. Some of the best views are at the very start of the hike when you are crossing the bridge into the lush rainforest. For all you non-locals: do not go in the water. Manoa stream water consistently tests positive for leptospirosis, a dangerous bacterial disease. There is shade for most of the trail, but expect mud and mosquitos!

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