Manoa Falls Trail

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Manoa Falls Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.5 miles
554 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers



A short hike to the base of Manoa Falls in the Manoa Valley in Honolulu, Oahu, the Manoa Falls Trail winds through a lush Hawaiian tropical rainforest filled with movie scene locations from Jurassic Park and LOST. The trail can be quite muddy, so proper closed toe footwear is recommended. Unfortunately, swimming is not allowed in the pool at the base of the waterfall but the views alone justify this easy hike. This area receives significant rainfall so check the weather before going to avoid flash floods. The trailhead is a short drive from downtown Honolulu and can be accessed at the end of Manoa Road.There is a $5 fee to park. Visitors might also be interested in the nearby Lyon Arboretum and Botanical Garden which preserves endangered Hawaiian plant species.

1 day ago

Very crowded trail, for a waterfall that is only ok by Hawaiian standards. Can’t really swim in the pool or stand under the falls. And had to pay $5 for parking. If this trail were almost anywhere else in the world it would get 4 or 5 stars, but there are so many nearby better hikes with better views and better falls. Don’t waste your time with this one - unless you need a hike that you can bring grandma on.

3 days ago

Beautiful hike from start to finish. Highly recommend. It wasn't as crowded as some other hikes which made it nice too.

5 days ago

Nice shady trail. The whole hike is shaded and beautiful, like a jungle. Waterfall was beautiful and you can get right up close to it. Many people were swimming. We biked to the trail head from Waikiki Beach area and walking on the trail was not a problem after biking the 6 miles (mainly uphill and in traffic) up there.

9 days ago

Nice hike. Went with my 2,5,8 year old. They all walked the whole hike without any complaining. Very nice views.

9 days ago

Great trail mostly in the shade. It has a nice snack store with reasonable prices. The trail is well kept and nice for toddlers to explore. The trees are beautiful and show landscapes of untouched forest.

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13 days ago

It has some nice scenic views. the terrain changes a decent amount as you traverse. It doesn't take that long to get to the waterfall in the lot of all is somewhat small that falls from from very high height.

13 days ago

Completed, great view of the waterfall

nature trips
14 days ago

5$ parking fee

14 days ago

Great hike not to hard and beautiful falls. You can swim there if you want too.

18 days ago

Manoa Falls is always a good chill trail to go if you wanna see a waterfall. If you are an advanced hiker you gotta check out Upper Manoa Falls !!!!

19 days ago

Beautiful views throughout the entire trail with a gorgeous waterfall at the end!

25 days ago

Easy fun little hike.. but if you wanna take it a little farther, we took the side trail near the waterfall and had a beautiful view. (Past the bamboo forest you'll come to a Y, take the trail to your right.)

28 days ago

Short and Sweet! Easy hike with beautiful scenes and a great payoff, beautiful falls!

29 days ago

Very easy, fun hike for beginners!

1 month ago

did it in the rain...still awesome.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike with lots of flora and fauna ending the hike with a refreshing waterfall. However, every time I have hiked this trail it has been super wet and muddy. My kids always leave covered in mud. I also have trouble navigating the slippery rocks on the way down and have fallen more than once. As long as you take your time, this is a great hike and is good for most skill levels and all ages.

1 month ago

Nice, easy hike if you are looking for a little exercise but not too strenuous. The greenery and flora along the way is lush. The falls are tall and pretty spectacular. Please obey the signs and do not pass the ropes. This is not only dangerous but blocks the view for others. We did this today in a rain storm. It really cut down on the crowds and the trail is so well maintained that it wasn’t muddy or slippery. If you want additional adventure, you can take the Aihualama Trail from the end.

1 month ago

Nice and easy with a couple of highlights. Only problem is while the information map clearly shows a restroom, we looked for it twice and couldn't find it.

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