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 moderate. 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.

3.0 miles
1210 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running






wild flowers




over grown


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.

12 days ago

Hike is beautiful with multiple views to magnificent mountains and finally to refreshing waterfall. trail is muddy, make sure to use good hiking shoes and bring spare shoes you will need it on the way back home.
it's mostly covered by tall trees and bamboos.
dont forget to dip into water it's very refreshing.

13 days ago

very muddy but nice hike overall

14 days ago

Went 2-4-18. Very muddy with lots of roots. The trail is moderate, but the mud and roots make it tougher and slow. I would rate it between a medium and hard. However, the hike is beautiful and the falls are amazing. There are 10, 30, and 40 ft jumps. Tons of fun and worth fighting through the mud. Good tennis shoes or hiking boots are essential.

17 days ago

The waterfall area was so beautiful and peaceful!

24 days ago

Very glad that we went on this hike while in Hawaii. If you come prepared with shoes that you are okay getting muddy, you will love it. Also, don’t skip jumping into the water at the falls.

1 month ago

Fun muddy hike. I did the hike barefoot because I didn't bring proper shoes and it was so much fun getting all muddy! Being able to swim and jump into the waterfall made the hike totally worth it. There are some views of the valley along the way.

1 month ago

Very muddy but totally worth it. The waterfall was beautiful and had different spot to jump from into the pool.

1 month ago

This hike is a Muddy maze of slippery roots. It was wonderful being with dear friends during this hike, other than that we will skip this hike in the future. Because it is slippery, root filled, bumpy and sloshy, our eyes stayed glued to the ground most of the hike.

There are a few openings to see the Koolaus and surrounding beauty, other than that it is a rather “dark” hike under the canopy of forest.

The water fall is small, and when we arrived very crowded so we simply turned around.

Lulu Mahu offers much more beautiful views, relaxing trail and gorgeous water fall at its end.

1 month ago

Extremely muddy. You have to wear appropriate shoes. Plan on this trail taking you 3+ hours due to traffic.

1 month ago

10/10 would NOT consider ‘moderate’ not only is the trail head hard to find, its slippery, muddy, & so uncomfortable. Id rather do Koko Head Railway. The view isn’t worth it! The waterfall is small & did I mention you can get leptospirosis from being in the water? The experience was great. Nothing better than falling down, breaking an ankle, being covered in mud up to your shoulders & risking getting a deadly disease. First you track through mud & tree roots, then you go through the infected stream of water AND climb 200 stairs that are slippery & muddy.. that’s also not safe.. alllll to see a waterfall that isn’t big nor is the view pretty.
If you’re going to do it, pack snacks and LOTS of water and wear RUNNING SHOES. Because you’re gonna be out there for a while & you’re gonna get winded.

2 months ago

Muddy, but fun hike, great waterfall to swim in too.

2 months ago

My first hike in a few weeks! I did this less than a week after a marathon and it was a good hike to get me off the couch and back moving! Not too hard and not boring either. There were more steps than I anticipated but nothing compared to hikes in Hawaii Kai. There are several turn offs to this hike but they l seem to end up at the falls. The falls seem deep enough to jump because a man was doing it but I wasn’t gonna try it. We did climb up them to see the top of the falls above it. One of the muddiest hikes I have done this year but still super fun. Parking wasn’t bad, but it is in residential so be respectful, don’t park near mailboxes or trash cans and don’t block driveways. Be quiet while walking by the houses and pack your trash out. Enjoy! I will be doing this one again.

2 months ago

Extremely muddy hike up for a not so impressive waterfall - wear appropriate footwear

2 months ago

Beautiful tropical hike. Partly muddy, but lots of fun. Definitely not hard, would say moderate! Do that hike, it is a really nice one :)

2 months ago

This trail should be marked as moderate. Only moderate because of roots and slick rocks. This is not a hard trail and there is a beautiful waterfall and pool at the end.

2 months ago

Slick trail, several stream/river crossings, not too difficult. Beautiful waterfall and several places to jump from :)

2 months ago

Definitely a fun treck when it’s raining or has been raining.

3 months ago

Very cool trail! Jungle like setting. Trail is slick, red clay/mud with lots of roots so don't wear white and good hiking shoes are a good idea. You will cross the river/stream 3 times before you get to the waterfall. You will want to swim in the pool too! I loved this hike!!!

3 months ago

Steep, but so much fun! The falls at the end are great, super fun to jump off the ledge. Def bring a swimsuit, towel, & slippas

3 months ago

amazing! been there on a thursday. they're were just a couple of person. trail is easy to walk but if you want a little challenge try to reach the old bridge!+

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