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

Nice hike. Amazing waterfall. Lots of people typically, especially on weekends. Some sections may be a bit steep if you don't have the proper footwear. Worth it, though.

1 day ago


3 days ago

Great for family's with kids. Too many people though

5 days ago

Easy short hike doable in under an hour - falls are nice but you cant swim which is a major bummer

8 days ago

Love doing his hike in the rain. It's beautiful being in the midst of the rainforest. Short and sweet hike

8 days ago

Short and sweet! good to bring the kids. The Waterfall is very perty.

10 days ago

Quite crowded (you’ll often get queues at the steps), but short and nice.

10 days ago

This was not difficult. It was muddy, wear proper shoes. I am not a professional athlete and did this with a toddler on my back in a carrier. Take the side trails and see all it has to offer.

10 days ago

A little crowded but worth the summit!

10 days ago

Fun, easy hike. I did this one in slippers, which I would not recommend. It rains in the afternoon here often so plan accordingly for muddy and damp conditions.

Been several times, have seen the waterfall very full and magnificent and also down to just a small trickle after a drought. Path can be muddy, nice scenery on the way to the fall, nice tropical rainforest, it’s muggy and mosquitoes live in paradise due to the many tourist walking by. At times it can be very crowded. Good and beautiful little hike for all ages. Parking has to be paid at that little shop where you also can buy bug repellent if necessary.

11 days ago

Quick and easy hike! Well worth a vistit. Nice falls! Hardest part is getting there on public transport. Much easier to get to with a car or moped.

12 days ago

Very easy. This is a lush trail, with all sorts of vegetation that shade the entire way.

13 days ago

We went within the first few weeks of arriving on island. It was a fun family hike, and our two kids (ages 3 & 5) did a great job with it. There were a few slippery points and lots of awesome photo ops!
Our kids were especially excited for the snowcones after we finished!
Don’t swim in the falls, though. It’s one of the areas covered under the Leptospirosis warning. There is a sign clearly posted. There are so many other awesome waterfalls to swim in that won’t risk your health!
Be prepared for some crappy parking, but you can find a decent place if you’re willing to walk a little ways. The small lot (paid) fills very quickly no matter the day.

15 days ago

Be prepared to get muddy. Very easy trail, shaded through the jungle. Beautiful scenery, but very damp. Heavily trafficked, very busy. Once at the top, the falls are absolutely beautiful. Too many people in a small area, however.

17 days ago

Nothing special. waterfalls in hi are really not great compared with us west, wy, and co. go to the arbetarium instead. great place just watch out for the roosters

18 days ago

Quite crowded with lots of tourists, probably exacerbated by holiday travelers on the day we went. The trail is under tree-cover and so relatively cool. The trail is very easy until you get nearer the falls where it becomes steeper, muddy, and somewhat slippery. The falls are quite nice. The falls viewing area was very, very crowded with lots of folks going past the marked trail borders for selfies and other nonsense. Overall, a pleasant trail if you don’t mind navigating the masses.

20 days ago

Easy trail. There are a couple places that are slippery if it has been raining. There are several sections that offer scenic views of the waterfall if you don’t mind going through a little brush.

20 days ago

Easy hike to the waterfall. Covered 99% of the trail. Intrigued to do 7 falls hike after seeing this one.

22 days ago

Cool waterfall, pretty easy hike. Very crowded the day I went.

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