Kaniakapupu Ruins and Luakaha Falls

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Kaniakapupu Ruins and Luakaha Falls is a 1.9 mile loop trail located near Urban Honolulu, Hawaii that features a waterfall. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
301 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

walking

forest

waterfall

wildlife

bugs

muddy

historic site

NOTE [This is a sacred site and considered by many to be OFF-LIMITS. Though rarely patrolled, trespassers are subject to citations and fines. If you visit please be VERY respectful of the area and pick up all trash and belongings]

9 days ago

Stumbled upon the ruins while hiking to Lulumahu Falls, cool trail through some think bamboo forest, very peaceful and tranquil. Definitely recommend especially since you can go by the ruins and waterfall in one trip.

hiking
1 month ago

We had a hard time finding it, but if you park right off the Pali walk down the road that’s next to the parking lot, follow it down through the tunnel of trees. When the road bends, there will be an opening on the left. You can’t see the sign it’s in the bushes. After your on the trail a minute, take a left at the first fork it goes up slightly. After another 5-10 minutes there will be another fork. Left again and it will be shortly after that. Be mindful, don’t touch or stand on structures. It’s a historic site. Be respectful and remember it’s a quiet area.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike to do in the rain. Once we got to the top of the waterfall, we headed back out. No need for us to take the much more difficult route to get to the bottom. We enjoyed the adventure overall and it was very manageable. We had an 11 year old and 5 year old hiking with us as well.

2 months ago

It was so peaceful and beautiful! It’s a little hard to find at first but I found some good directions online. If you know of the Pali highway the dirty parking lot for lulumahu falls you can park there and then the road to your right is called Nu’uanu Pali Drive you can either walk down there and at the very end you’ll see where it is or you can drive down there and park next to the water pipeline building. Which will be on your right side. It’s a little up the road to the right hand side across the street from water pipe line building. Be very respectful and don’t throw trash it’s a very quiet peaceful Hawaiian sacred. Grounds. If you posted pictures of mine give directions as well as it’s hard to fine

3 months ago

Be respectful of the land and history that is here. It really is beautiful! Once you find the trailhead it is a short and easy walk. Bring bug spray. We tried to find the falls but gave up.

3 months ago

It is recommended that you are quiet, stealthy, and respectful if you come to this strange and beautiful place, not only because you are trespassing, but because there is some non-corporeal entity watching you. It is not recommended that you leave your trash behind on the trail, but if you decide to, it pleases me to remove it for you.

hiking
4 months ago

Super peaceful. Great scenery.

4 months ago

Tourists...respect the area and make sure to clean up after yourselves. Locals, it’s never enough to just show aloha, we must also show them how...let’s lead by setting good examples.

hiking
7 months ago

The ruins are amazing and so is the bamboo forest, but the falls aren't really accessible as they are on private land.

7 months ago

Ruins are an interesting bit of history and easy to to get to, but inding the falls is a bit tougher. Take the main trail until it appears to end. Step over logs and weave through until trail gets better. You will hear the water fall. Keep going and you will begin to descend to the stream. Cross steam and look for red ribbons to take you on an easier path around and down to base of large falls.

hiking
7 months ago

good for all skill levels.

8 months ago

Beautiful site of old ruins. Not really much of a hike

hiking
8 months ago

Nice walk through a bamboo forest, tricky to find the way to the waterfall! Anyhow its a very short easy walk ... but I don't recommend it because you cannot reach the fall from upclose!!! You'll be 100ft way or more because ...this fall is on a private land ( there us a house build close io it)... and for thoses reasons I would have not gone for it if I knew that.

hiking
9 months ago

Getting to the ruins was insanely easy: turn left at the first fork in the bamboo forest. Getting to the falls was another matter entirely; keep in mind that the bottom of the falls is definitely on private property so enter at your own risk. Very pretty though!

hiking
10 months ago

Great easy hike with an amazing reward at the ruins location! Stay to the left when you reach the first fork in the bamboo forest and follow to trail to the ruins. The other way takes you to the falls. The falls trail isn't kid friendly. Bring lots of bug spray because mosquitoes are everywhere. Make sure you respect the ruins because this is a sacred place.

hiking
10 months ago

Hidden deep in the heart of Nu'uanu Valley, at the end of an unmarked trail, lies a sacred site, forgotten by time, The Temple of the Singing Long Shells.

It’s worth noting that, since this was the king’s residence and a heiau site, it is considered by some to be kapu, meaning off-limits or forbidden. Among those who think this way is the State of Hawaii. Though rarely patrolled, trespassers are subject to citations and fines, though the little sign at the trailhead doesn’t make this explicitly clear.

The actual hike to Kaniakpupu is short. It’s an easily traversed tunnel through an invasive bamboo forest; the only real obstacles are a web-work of roots and mud, so you’ll want to watch your footing. But what the trail lacks in distance and hills it makes up for in sheer expansiveness and history. The entire site of Kaniakapupu consists of a network of trails in and around the Palace and Heiau complex. Some of these trails are quite new, cut through the forest by recent visitors to the site. Others are very, very old. Everywhere you look there are rock walls, and ancient pathways cutting through the area.

The left-hand path will take you to the Palace ruins, where you can easily kill a few hours just looking around if you like history. But if you go to the right you’re in for a very different, road-less-traveled kind of experience.

Labelled as an access trail the Luakaha Falls, this trail swings south around the ruins toward Nu’uanu stream.

This trail will take you to the top of Luakaha Falls. Yeah, that’s one thing the trail reviews we read failed to mention. This trail does not go to the bottom of the falls, you will not get pretty waterfall pictures, unless you're willing to risk your life.

The trail to the bottom of the falls is steep and muddy and -not at all- safe.

Read full review and get a history lesson here: https://astephengetty.wordpress.com/trail-blog/heiau-o-kaniakapupu/

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