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.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1210 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.

hiking
6 days 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.

hiking
7 days ago

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

12 days 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.

hiking
16 days ago

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

23 days ago

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

hiking
24 days 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.

hiking
28 days ago

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

hiking
1 month 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 :)

1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

1 month 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!!!

2 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

2 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!+

2 months ago

Trail is heavily eroded and very muddy. If you have kids or are not very nimble I’d suggest taking it slow. The waterfall at the end is nice and, after a rain, is deep enough to not jump off of “wink wink” because it’s dangerous. If you hike barefoot (like me) or don’t have any type of ankle support, again, you might want to take it slow do to ankle breakers and slippery mud. If you walk down the road to a point where it splits you’ve gone too far and missed the trail head.

2 months ago

awesome swimming hole at the end. be sure to wear shoes with great traction, as the path can be very muddy and slippery. I slipped a few times but well worth it!

2 months ago

Fun little swim at the end.

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! Not too hard and so worth the waterfall

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