Alapena Pool and Kapena Falls Trail

EASY 38 reviews

Alapena Pool and Kapena Falls Trail is a 0.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.6 miles
118 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips






wild flowers



over grown



Kapena is a small waterfall right in Honolulu. For a more adventurous hike go to the right of the metal building & take the rope down to the creek then hike upstream 5-7 minutes to the falls. Or go to the left of the metal building, walk the path through the weeds & then see the falls in 1 minute.

19 days ago

24 days ago

Kapena Falls is one of my favorite cliff dives on the island of Oahu.

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1 month ago

very easy trail. sandals or shoes okay. bring your bathing suit if ya want! I saw some people jumping from the top of the rocks too into the pool, they did have a liquid courage drink though before though!

1 month ago

Beautiful scenery but a super short & easy trail!

3 months ago

SO many mosquitos, a homeless man that set up camp, and clothes everywhere at the top of the waterfall (although we didn't see anyone nude???) gorgeous scenery but not worth it.

4 months ago

4 months ago

5 months ago

It's an ok little trail. Some areas have lots of broken glass, so keep an eye out. I personally wouldn't swim in the water as it looked pretty dirty. The trail leads to a highway underpass with lots of graffiti. The scenery is still pretty cool, but there were many more mosquitoes than other trails in the area. Overall, I thought it wasn't horrible, but definitely not worth a second trip.

5 months ago

6 months ago

6 months ago

It's not even a hike but it's just so surprising how beautiful it is and right in town.

6 months ago

8 months ago

A very short hike but a hidden gem. Extremely easy and very beautiful. **wear big spray.

An easy walk but not worth the hordes of mosquito bite you will collect.

10 months ago

Great, easy Hike, awesome for jump' NSA Cliff!!

10 months ago

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Great short trail

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Very easy to access. You'll have to walk through the mortuary and towards the maintenance shed in the back. The entrance is on the left side. You can jump into this pool but I have a bad knee now and can't do that kind of stuff anymore. I did swim in it though. It's deep enough in the center.
Lots of mosquitoes.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

A bit overgrown, a few rocks to climb over and quite a few indications that homeless live here. but they weren't around and it was a very short peaceful hike, even though you can hear (and eventually see) cars from the Pali Highway.

bring bug repellent!mosquitos love it here.