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.

3.0 miles
1463 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running






wild flowers




over grown


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.

6 hours ago

Loved the trail with the waterfall at the end was nice to relax and swim a little!

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1 day ago

The climb is not that difficult but navigating through the extremely slippery mud, deep crevices and tree roots is probably what makes the hike rated as difficult. Good times. Highly recommended!.

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6 days ago

Super muddy. The hike took much longer than expected because of the mud. The falls were beautiful with a great swimming pool beneath them. Along the way there are also some places with good views.

6 days ago

This hike was really fun! Super muddy, and at times treacherous with the slippery tree branches coming out of the ground all over the trail. Make sure to pack bug spray, water and a snack. The waterfall is definitely worth the hike! Make sure to bring a jug of water in your car to rinse your feet off before leaving! The mud stains so make sure to wear old clothes and shoes.

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14 days ago

Good scenery. Very accessible trailhead. Super muddy. I did it mostly barefoot because my shoes got sucked off by knee deep in mud in some parts.
Beautiful falls, with a swimmable pool beneath it. Just plan to get wet and muddy.

16 days ago

Great early morning alone on the trail

21 days ago

Great hike, wear some good light hiking shoes.

22 days ago

Good trail, not to hard. Get there early to avoid crowds. Check depth of water before jumping. Over 10 feet deep when I checked. Trail is runnable in some parts.

23 days ago

Our family loved the trail! Wear old tennis shoes that you can throw away after the hike. VERY MUDDY! If you have water shoes I would suggest bringing them along. You'll be thankful when you reach the waterfall. It's a beautiful hike but by no means a leisurely stroll. A great thing to do on vacation.

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29 days ago

This is just an incredible hike! Can be muddy if it had recently rained. The waterfall jump in at the end is worth the hike. We took the whole family. Love how you are walking next to a river, then you climb up too a ridge, descent stairs back to a river, and walk up the River to the falls.

30 days ago

Not a difficult trail at all. It is muddy be prepared to get wet and dirty.