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.
Trail was not well marked. Extremely muddy and slippery even though it hasn't rained for several days.
Great hike and the falls make it worth it. Don't wear sandals, wear hiking shoes. Pack some water sandals if you want to swim and jump at the falls. A walking stick really helps, especially on the way out. Type 1202 Kalewena in Google Maps to get to the trailhead.
Great hike. We went at 3:30 and had the trail to ourselves. Very muddy and slippery roots if you go after a rain storm, but we had a blast. However, almost at the end of the trail right before you climb down the stairs to get to the falls. The sign has gone missing that had an arrow pointing you where to go. If you want to see the falls take the stairs down... don't go straight. Enjoy!
Go early and you'll miss the crowds. We were on the trailhead by 9:30 and had the waterfall to ourselves for about and hour(weekday). Cool waterfall in the sense that it's tucked away but the trail itself was what was most exciting
We went a couple days ago and it was an incredible hike! Amazing views along the way and the trail was fairly easy; my wife was even able to do it in flip flops while 5 months pregnant. Not too muddy. We left at 4:30pm and were the last ones on the trail. We had the entire waterfall to ourselves! Would definitely recommend.
Tough trail with waterfall pool. This trail was tough to follow, not clearly marked and much of it was following the stream/creek bed leading to the fall. Lots of young hikers enjoying the pool and diving.
We must have picked a good day because it was not muddy or crowded when we went. Fun, fairly easy hike with our dog. I didn't fully swim or jump because of the leptospirosis warnings but many people were without hesitation. The neighbors we met when we came out to our car were very nice.
I was warned about how crowded and muddy this trail would be before I did it. Both are accurate statements, but this place is too amazing to pass up. The trail itself, while muddy, has some pretty amazing views of the Ko'olau Range along the way. The waterfall is awesome with a swimming hole deep enough for some cliff jumping. If you venture farther and to the left of the falls you can find a secret (and broken) bridge that has some great photo ops. This is now my favorite waterfall hike on Oahu. For more on my adventure, check out my blog post!