Kaniakapupu Ruins and Luakaha Falls

EASY 11 reviews

Kaniakapupu Ruins and Luakaha Falls is a 1.2 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.

1.2 miles
190 feet

kid friendly






historic site

5 hours ago

11 days 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!

23 days ago

1 month 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.

1 month ago

1 month 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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