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 is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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.
super muddy but fu
Fun and adventurous. Be sure to wear right shoes and be careful.
Fun hike, but super crowded and the trail shows it. The trail is very wet, muddy, and slippery. The waterfall is beautiful and the water is nice and cool after the humid hike. It is generally very crowded at the falls, so be prepared and be patient.
Wanted to run it but to wet. Great hike though. Would like to check it out when it's dry, if that ever happens.
I went to this waterfall last year and it sucked. Granted, it was during the rainy season but it was 2.5 miles of knee high mud and a rock climb to the waterfall. Overall, a hell of a lot of work for not a great reward. In addition, tourists are super rude to the people that live in the neighborhood that you MUST park in to get to the trail. It's probably a lot more rewarding when it's drier but you can't control Mother Nature! If you want an easier hike for a better waterfall go to Lulumahu Falls off the Pali Hwy.
I've done this hike twice, once with a friend who was 7 months pregnant. Fun, muddy in some spots. Didn't get in the water because of leptospirosis warnings. Lots of people in the pools though.
Be sure to bring shoes you don't mind getting wet in, you will be wading in water at the end of the trail!
Definitely a hike I would do again. Hardest part is getting your footing over all the roots. So beautiful and fun