Lua'alaea Falls Trail

EASY 16 reviews

Lua'alaea Falls Trail is a 1.5 mile lightly 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
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
616 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

over grown

One of the many waterfalls in Manoa Valley. This one starts from the same trailhead as Manoa Falls but is much less travelled.

hiking
6 days ago

After veering off the Manoa Falls trail, we trekked through some thick vegetation. After that you are in the woods following the occasional pink ribbon and being weary of the thick mud. Eventually you will come to a confusing area where multiple pink ribbons can be seen going off in different directions, to get to the falls you will want to follow the ribbons on your left, and hike alongside the stream. Going right will take you up onto a ridge that separates this waterfall from Manoa Falls, and it appears to be a fairly long trail. Could not find any information about it but we got a good ways up before turning around to find the falls, and the pink ribbons are fairly new and it appears well traveled/cleared. Back to the falls hike though. Cross the stream a handful of times and keep an eye out for the pink ribbons for your guide. Some of the trail is fairly overgrown, slick rocks, mud, and rotten branches so be careful. The AllTrails map of this location is very helpful and will help you stay on track through your hike. The lower falls were nice, had a decent flow but a very large tree has fallen blocking a large view of them. The upper falls were pretty dry today, but have the same structure as Manoa Falls. This would not be a good hike to do in the rain with thick mud and risk of the stream picking up and causing injury so be aware of the weather before attempting. Overall I don't think I would hike it again, but if you are into jungle hikes and determined to check this waterfall off your list, then it's definitely not impossible.

hiking
6 days ago

We had a hard time finding the trail after we veered off from Manoa. The ribbons eventually appear to split off in two separate directions, one goes up and the other leads down towards the stream. Take the one down towards the stream and follow it. You'll have to cross the stream a few times and do some occasional boulder hopping. There is a lower falls and an upper falls. A massive tree has fallen across the stream and blocks most of the view of the lower falls. The upper falls was pretty dry on our visit.

6 days ago

It was definitely Not an easy trail to find, the ribbons can get you lost at the beginning of the trail, totally worth it tho.

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

Let me just say that almost all the reviews on here are for Manoa Falls. They both have the same start point but all the tourists continue onto Manoa. If you're interested in hiking this or any other trail in Oahu follow my IG @VentureAloha I take people hiking a few times a week.

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Let me start off by saying that the scenery is absolutely stunning. My children were absolutely amazed at all the vegetation, wildlife, and natural formations. The hike will be easy for most healthy adults, but it was difficult at times for my 8 and 5 year old. Toward the end, it gets muddy and slippery, and stepper. Overall it was a good workout and my boys felt accomplished. My only negative is the rudeness of other people, especially runners. They simply didn't care about the safety of others and just wanted to get were they were going. I really thought it would be different here, but the same old attitudes exist everywhere. Overall great way to spend a Saturday morning. Go early and be prepared for mud.

hiking
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8 months ago

Cannot find it at all.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Very muddy and high traffic. Hard to tell where the trail was and had to jump slippery rocks through the river.

hiking
Friday, February 26, 2016

Fun! Hiked with baby on back and five year old walking. An adventure for sure.

hiking
Friday, January 29, 2016

Great hike. Lots of boulders to climb over and streams to cross. Not very strenuous, took our group of 18 about 1hr 20 minutes to get to falls. Go after a good rain.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

We had a very nice time hiking the trail through the rain forrest to the falls. There are many species of trees and other vegetation from all over the world .

hiking
Saturday, March 30, 2013