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

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.

5 hours ago

This is a beautiful hike if you start from the Pali highway lookout. Impressive panoramic views that way. Parts are challenging and rocky, but overall doable for the average hiker. The red marked trail on here is from the town, but add several miles if you're going from the Pali. Look out for the Falls connector trail rather than continuing on the Maunawili trail, it goes down from the cliff. If you're going through the Pali side that is. :)

2 days ago

Great hike, nice cliffdiving but is definitely not a hard trail

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7 days ago

Huh, I wouldn't have considered this hike rated as "Hard". It's fairly easy, no huge heights, no sliding gravel, lots of steps available etc. It's a bit tedious only because it is usually VERY muddy and mosquito ridden but overall an easy hike. Kid friendly on dry days.

7 days ago

Personally I would not rate this as a "hard" trail, it is about as moderate as Waimano Falls in my opinion. There are a handful of stairs on this trail, and it becomes quite muddy when it has rained. There is a bit of rock hopping at the end of the trail, so be aware when you decide to bring kiddos. The falls are lovely and I would like to find the upper falls, but I believe that will require going through the lower falls and waters to get to, so another day. Also try to stay on the path during the first half, eventually there is an "unexploded ordinance" area that would be better left alone.

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9 days ago

amazing hike, a little slipery but fun.

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25 days ago

Decent hike with nice falls at the end. Very slippery and muddy when we did it. Wear bug spray as it's mostly in the woods/forest the entire hike.

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