Maunawili Falls Trail

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Maunawili Falls Trail is a 3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kailua, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1463 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

over grown

rocky

This trail begins in a residential area. Please be mindful of residents, be quiet, and park legally. There are no bathrooms or other facilities at the trailhead. Please use the restroom before you come and pack out all trash. The rainforest in this area sees a lot of visitors, so it is important to minimize your impact in every way you can. A nice hike through the jungle to great view of Kailua, Maunawilli Falls, and a swimming hole. Maunawili Trail contours the base of the Koolau Mountain Range on the windward side. It begins off the Pali Highway and ends in Waimanalo. It offers spectacular views of the windward side of Oahu, Olomana, and the Koolaupoko watershed. Vegetation along the trail includes mountain apple, rose apple, ti, naupaka, mamake, lobelia, koa and ohia. Maunawili Trail is a good family trail. There are three access points for this trail. The Maunawilli Falls Trail is a great hike in Kailua along the river that eventually stops at a beautiful waterfall with a great swimming hole below. Many people like to jump from the waterfall into the pool below, and some with a bit more courage even climb higher to the side of the waterfall to jump further (try at your own risk). The trail is often muddy, especially after rains, and you will cross the river several times along the trail. About half way through the hike you will break out of the trees for some nice views of the surrounding mountains and views towards Kailua in the distance.

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Fun little swim at the end.

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14 days ago

As many of the reviews say this is not a "hard" hike. We saw over a dozen children under the age of 6 hiking this while we were on the trail. This is an easy hike. It does get slippery and muddy at times. You do have to cross a stream a few times and move from rock to rock. The waterfall was good and it was a great swimming hole. Deep and you can jump in from the top of the fall. It was VERY heavily traveled. We went on a random Friday afternoon and we probably saw 50 people at least. This is a great starter hike where you don't need to bring a lot of great. If you're looking for a challenge or a great workout this is not the hike.

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15 days ago

Great hike. Not super hard when it is not wet and slippery. We had a rainfall on our way back so appreciated the difference. It is very popular so if you like to hike without a lot of people this one is not for you but really fun hike that was challenging enough.

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17 days ago

Great hike! Not too hard and so worth the waterfall

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19 days ago

Great trail, and waterfall is awesome. Lost my Apple Watch tho. Not likely to be found but there’s always wishful thinking.

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