Naniuapo Falls Trail

MODERATE 35 reviews
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Naniuapo Falls Trail is a 2.9 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.9 km Elevation Gain: 179 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

hiking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
off trail
private property
2 months ago

Hard to follow, lots of mosquitoes, fallen trees and bamboo all over. The falls were decent but I’ve seen better. Probably wouldn’t hike it again. Parking in residential neighborhood (if you want to risk it) or off on Manoa Rd.

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3 months ago

Starts at the same point at the Seven Bridges Road to Manoa Trail, you veer off right after the second bridge at a pretty sharp angle to the left. Fairly simple hike, although the mosquitos were treacherous. The All Trails path was slightly different than the path I took through the bamboo forest, which had me questioning during the hike whether I had accidentally gone off trail. The waterfall is beautiful, but the mosquitos made it so I couldn’t sit and enjoy the scenery. Wear bug spray!

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5 months ago

Park along Manoa Road and walk to the trailhead. Don’t park where AllTrails takes you with Directions (you might get ticketed/towed and will call attention to yourself in this restricted area). Once in the trail, cross the first two bridges, pass under the fallen tree, then take a left onto the 7 Bridges Trail (unmarked) at first fork. A short walk will take you to a utility pole tagged 149 which marks the trail’s turn to the left. Take this overgrown path past a swing gate and all the way to Nanioapo Stream. Once at the stream, I highly suggest staying to the right (incoming) all the way to the base of the falls. Although there are trails on the left, these disappear and are very faint at times. You will have a continuous trail to the right and a very clear route through a bamboo forest on the upper end of the trail. Once at the base of the falls, you will need to cross to the left hand side of the stream bed, scramble the rocks to a debris ledge on the left side and scramble up to the falls. Prepare for a swarm of mosquitos in this area! If you wait until just after a good rain, this Nanioapo can be quite lovely. Otherwise, it’s often just a trickle.

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bugs
over grown
6 months ago

The wildlife is so beautiful here and definitely worth the effort. We where using trails maps all the time, but still went little bit off the trail, what caused us literally crawling over fallen bamboo trees over the river. Where wearing long sleeves, but bugs still got me through the clothes.

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bugs
over grown
7 months ago

bring bug spray!!!! hiked this a few months ago and we had some problems finding the trail due to fallen trees everywhere. maybe it’s better now. awesome waterfall at the end though!

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7 months ago

If government signs deter you this hike isn’t for you. Bug spray is a must me watch out for giant snails. The trail is very overgrown but beautiful.

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9 months ago

This trail offers a pretty waterfall that goes through a bamboo forest. Forgot to turn the gps off before going to my favorite breakfast place Sweet E’s

11 months ago

we started from Puu Pia trailhead so we wouldn't start at the 7 Bridges trail where there are numerous no trespassing/government property signs. we parked at the Chinese cemetary and walked to the trailhead as there's only 1 parking stall up the narrow road. the descent down to the river was a little technical but we had some pre-teens with us who did ok. Queen's Bath was super clean and deep. Note, just above that is a nice waterfall you can hear but not see. Waiakeakua was dry unfortunately. so we kept on west to Naniuapo. Amazing huge trees and bridges, nice trails easy to follow. after metal fence it was more challenging. then fallen bamboo forest over trail almost thwarted search for falls. we were 0.25 miles away from falls, and scrambled over bamboo and logs. impressive high falls. Walked out to houses on 7 bridges, back to cemetary. nice big counterclockwise loop. 5 miles

Mon Oct 22 2018

As of October 2018: I recommend starting the hike from the street and just doing the out and back. The path from Manoa Falls Trail is completely overgrown at critical junctures, making navigating very difficult. We made it through the main loop finally, but we were off the trail about 70% of the time hacking through vines. Once we found the other end of the main trail we decided not to continue to the falls because it was getting late. Next time we will enter from Waakaua St. through the gate and sign saying no trespassing*. Follow the road past a couple bridges and the abandoned house, then it turns into a trail. The trail continues on the right side of the stream. *I suppose it is possible to do reach the falls from the Manoa Falls Trail without ever crossing private property, but the loop route recommended on All trails does cross this gate going out anyway, so I figure just be polite and no trash and go through.

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Sat Sep 08 2018

Extremely muddy hike today with saturated ground enough to lose a leg about 2 ft. This trail is NOT recommended as the path has been overrun with foliage growth and the heavy rains recently have washed out many of the things you might think were paths. Plus there are numerous large hog paths throughout the area, some huge prints - Beware!

Sat Sep 01 2018

It is $5 to park and our gps watch clocked the whole thing in at just under 2 miles. Pretty waterfall.

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Mon Aug 06 2018

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

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Mon Jan 22 2018

The path to the falls is blocked. I had to lie down & slip between fallen bamboo to get there. There are many broken/fallen trees at the bottom of the falls. There are no pools at the bottom.

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Fri May 26 2017

easy hike but muddy. beautiful bamboo forest, lots of exotic Hawaiian flowers to see and gorgeous waterfall.

Fri Apr 21 2017

i had a hell of a time finding trail and once i did was way to easy to keep losing it. i abandoned the hike and found a road that cut through.

Sat Sep 17 2016

Nice hike; need heavy rain for waterfall to be really flowing but beautiful bamboo forest and mountain stream.

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Mon Jul 25 2016

We decided to wait for a rainy day, a tropical storm in fact, to do this one. It was safe because we wouldn't fall off of any mountain, and we had a plan for a flash flood. At the start of the trail, we crossed a couple bridges, chose the left fork, passed through a gate, encountered a couple of abandoned shacks, and a man laying in our path. As we continued, the well maintained trail follows the stream into the back of the valley. It was fairly easy and only squishy muddy in some parts. Our surprise sleeper, warned us that the trail veers right now because of the downed tree. We didn't understand until our path was completely blocked by this enormous trunk. A rope was available to do something with, but because of the rain and storm, we turned around, headed down to the stream, and crossed into a bamboo forest. It was dark, and we were unsure except for the clear path that lay ahead of us. Following it up, the steps were a good work out, it brought us straight to the fall, and boy was the fall flowing! The pictures we had seen were mostly of a trickle, this was the perfect conditions to seek out this secret fall! It was amazing. However, common sense made us look at all the fallen trees and realize that hanging out here all day, with tropical storm conditions would not be smart. So, we took our pictures and left. Our trip back was fast! The weather was holding out, and we did don our ponchos...probably because we just wanted to wear them. Once we made it back to the car, and was settled, the rain started falling and didn't stop. It was a perfect adventure!

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