Alapena Pool and Kapena Falls Trail

EASY 56 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.

DISTANCE
0.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
98 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

bugs

muddy

over grown

rocky

scramble

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.

7 days ago

Complete waste of time and sketchy to say the least... the walk in is totally overrun with homeless people and the water is nasty. Don't go!

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10 days ago

Soooooo so so disappointed in this “hike.” Some of y’alls reviews of this place are baffling. It’s a two-second walk through an encampment. Dirty clothes and hampers scattered everywhere. Soapy water and glass-paved. Yeah, not for me. Time officially wasted.

1 month ago

It is a sanctuary in the middle of the city. I have driven On Pali highway many years and would have never guessed that this existed. Thank you AllTrails

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2 months ago

Rating this one high because while it's a short hike the area is very unique. Start through a cemetery, the mosaleum side down the back drive then follow a waterfall path to the pools. Once at the pools, there were several people jumping in....it's likely a 30-35 ft drop into the water if you dare.

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2 months ago

really good small hike, but if you are going to jump in the water be careful. the water is really deep. the cliff is like 30-40ft tall. I jumped and I didn't stay straight is I have bruises so stay straight when jumping.

4 months ago

Good easy waterfall hike. Plenty mosquitoes, so be ready. Maybe a few homeless campers around. Should have no issues. If you no bother, they no bother.

4 months ago

There wasn’t much of trail. And the lookout point is very overgrown.

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4 months ago

It’s her find but really easy. Probably wouldn’t go back tho. GPS won’t take you. It takes you to a cemetery. You enter between Garden of cemetery and the cemetery. Cool pool and falls but lots of tents and homeless living there so not sure if I’d swim there

5 months ago

Easy short and mosquito heaven for an ugly area. Don’t bother...

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5 months ago

Visited on 11/7/17. Great if you want a VERY easy hike. Semi-sketchy location along with a few hammocks & tents set up. We wouldn’t say it was great for swimming, maybe just if you have some time to waste. Probably wouldn’t come back.

6 months ago

access to trail is at 2233 nuuanu ave. Go through memorial park site and parking is towards rear of property. address on this ap needs to be updated. There are many ways to access trail however I think this is your best option.

hiking
7 months ago

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

Check out OahuHike.com to find more cliff diving spots similar to Kapena Falls

7 months 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!

7 months ago

Beautiful scenery but a super short & easy trail!

10 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.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

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.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

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

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Monday, January 16, 2017

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

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

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

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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

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.

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Nice short hike to a great little waterfall

hiking
Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Very short trail but very peaceful and great waterfall.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Nice waterfall but we go here to cliff jump!!!

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Nice leisure walk once your on the correct trail.

Go down the LEFT side of the maintenance shed for an easier stroll. Super easy for my 7 year old. The right side is not maintained and does require appropriate footwear. It does make it more interesting but just an FYI.

Be sure to use a quality mosquito repellent. We were devoured.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Lots of Mosquitos and the water doesn't look very clean. Signs of homelessness and rubbish.

hiking
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

If you really love waterfalls then check this one out.

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Hard time with Star Rating:
+1-Star Location to the Pali Hwy. Literally, 5 minute walk. Along highway, leaving vehicle out for theft at lookout. Have to drive up to an exit from Hono, then U-turn back down to arrive at Lookout. 500 ft to scenic sign then hop over side of the cement divider.
+2-Star Short trail and not difficult. Rocky trail with vegetation, high canopy of banyans. Water ferns, thick sawgrass. Cross 10 ft Alapena Fall and head up another minute to 20ft bigger Kapena Falls.
+3-Star Two Falls and Petroglyph on backside of Alapena. Kapena boasts high jump spot but dirty water.
-1 Star Mosquitos and homeless plague the location like a deadly guardian of a hidden temple.
-1 Graffiti, trash, rock crossings and vague trail markings. Safety and security concerns.

Provided link to my hiking group's event on Meetup. Come join us soon.

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