Waiakeakua Falls

MODERATE 56 reviews

Waiakeakua Falls is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.4 miles
958 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips









One of the more secluded series waterfalls in Manoa Valley. Folllow GPS track for directions.

1 day ago

Just bear in mind that a large portion behind Treetop Restaurant and the formerly Paradise Park is owned by Roman Catholic Church of Hawaii and a major portion around Waiakeaua and Waaloa by BWS.

5 days ago

Last time I did this, one of the ropes snapped and this guy fell 15ft. Luckily it was into about 12-18in of water, but he took a bad tumble down some rocks. He was seriously shaken, looked like he broke his wrist, but he was stubborn and his partner wanted to get he out of there so after a few minutes of recovering they just left.

Sobering reminder, don't trust ropes. On unmaintained trails, nobody is checking them and it doesn't take long for Hawaii's wet humid climate compromise the strength. You fall and get hurt it's on you, nobody is footing the bill for you.

FYI find the trail via the Pu'u Pia intersect. Do not follow the map/GPS directions on this page, it will take you to a closed trail head

22 days ago

If you are starting from the Woodlawn Dr / Alani Dr hairpin turn, follow the paved road pass the houses and soon the official trail will start. Walk past the chain link fence. You will then come to a fork. If you take the right one, this is the Kolowalu Trail that connects to Waahila Ridge Trail. To go to Waiakeakua, take the left fork, past a picnic table with shelter, to Pu’u Pia trail. About half way in where the trail makes a u turn , look to your right for an opening with ribbons. Go down steeply with some ropes section ( some of the ropes might be missing ) until you reach the bottom. From here, you can hear and see the stream. Thats the Waiakeakua stream. Follow it and cross the stream rock hopping over. This is where you can see some old disuse tunnels and water pipes with a nice swimming hole ( Queens Bath). Climb up a rock stairs and keep follwing the narrow trail...this will eventually lead you to the falls of Waiakeakua.
Another way to access it is via the bridges of Manoa via Waaloa Place. Look out alltrails Seven Bridges of Manoa and there should be directions to it. This is another way of getting to Waiakeakua/ Naniuapo falls. The last time I did it this way, one of the bridges is gone due to fallen tree. The route is now very unkempt and messy.

The first fall is easy to get to but the subsequent falls require some climbing.

Check out my previous tracks. I’ve done it many times before.

Some of the ropes to the upper falls might not be there anymore...

28 days ago

Went to do this one but the gps takes me to the Kolowalu trail instead. How do I get to this one?

1 month ago

Easy to pass the trail. Not well marked and many new offshoots for the water utilities and government property. Could not find the trail past the waterfall.
Incredibly muddy, even during the dry season.

1 month ago

Fun hike during the rain. The waterfalls were raging. Very muddy trails

2 months ago

Muddy. Would recommend. You’ll feel the jungle.

2 months ago

followed the alltrail map but didnt see these pools of water and the waterfalls like shown on the pictures..there was a few small falls...be prepared to get really muddy and climb as theres only one way in/out ...take your time going down the first steep hill, thats when the mudfun begins, cross the stream and itll take you up another very steep climb, which to me was a little wary about because the possibility of loose rocks/boulders and trees snapping off as you climb up. i almost made it to the end of the trail but trying to hike up through muddy and slippery conditions with nothing to hang on to in certain spots made me give in and turn around...id pass this hike if you are here on vacation..not worth to do it again imo.

4 months ago

Did this trail today via Seven Bridges Trail. Becareful this way we ended up getting lost for a good hour to an hour and a half.

Super muddy because of the rain. Yellow bamboo, several stream crossings, climbing boulders. Only climbed the first falls. It wasn't too bad.

5 months ago

This is more of a moderate hike. Its definitely not that hard.

6 months ago

It’s rated hard but it’s really not that hard, for every rope section and waterfall, there is an alternate route up, just take some time to find it and you’ll be treated to an unreal hike in an area that is lush with native plants and thick green foliage.

6 months ago

This definitely made the list for top favorite hikes.
It’s starts off very steady and flat. Lots of mud puddles to avoid though. Once you cut through the right off the regular path is where it gets difficult. You have to trek downward and it’s pretty steep. There’s no ropes and it’s best you have both hands free of any water bottles, phones, etc. Slowly make your way down and grab hold of any thick roots or branches when you can as it is very muddy/slippery. After the ground levels you’ll hear a steam straight ahead but you should turn right and head upward. From that point just follow the trees that are marked with highlighter pick ribbon. You’ll pass a lot of swimmable little pools. The further you go the harder the path is to follow. Take your time to look up from your footing and locate the ribbons. Once you get to the end. There’ll be a few large boulders to climb over and you’ll see the last pool with a small trickling water fall.
I rate this hike very difficult for beginners and moderate for seasoned hikers (only because the hike was so muddy. Otherwise, fairly easy).
I took my time on this hike so it took me a little less than an hour each way.

Bring water, snacks, bug spray, bathing suits (if you plan to get in the water), a towel, slippers to change into after the hike, and a plastic bag for those muddy shoes.

“I nā mālama ‘oe i ka ‘āina, na ka ‘āina malama iā ‘oe”

-If you take care of the land, the land will take care of you.

8 months ago

This has become my favorite trail on this little island, it feels like you've time traveled into some remote jungle. I've done it three times with my older Aussie pup and he handles it just fine. I brought a friend and his collie along recently and she (the pup) struggled a little, but was able to make it through just fine. This trail is actually pretty easy once you climb down/back up. It's best after a rain so the water is clear, but of course the climb will be muddy. There's plenty of ropes but we don't use them, there's only a couple sections where I have to help guide my pup. What I love about this trail is the beautiful lush jungle and all of the fun swimming spots/mini waterfalls. Once you get to the end the trail keeps going up and eventually connects to all of the other trails in the Manoa/Makiki area. Definitely a hidden gem.

11 months ago

Steep climb down but well worth it! Beautiful hike overall. Very buggy but manageable if you keep moving.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Straight up jungle, muddy and mosquito-y hike, but relatively easy. The trail that splits off and goes down to the waterfall trail isn't clearly marked, it's just a steep path down. If you're unsure follow the AllTrails map. My gps watch claims it's about 3.2 miles from the trailhead. Took about 2 hours because of the mud and tree roots.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Bridge #3 is covered by some fallen trees. Went to the bottom of the second falls and looks like someone removed the rope. Not much water flow but the pools along the way were very clear and nice to dip in.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

A favorite hike of mine. Gets really muddy and buggy, so if you da kine who gets eaten, bring spray! Waterfall at the end can be difficult depending on rainfall, but even if you don't make it to the top it's worth it to experience a taste of Hawain jungle.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

This is a great hike , I wouldn't call it hard at all though . More on the easy side .

Thursday, November 03, 2016

good work out, short, nice view in the end!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

great app

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Wow. Just wow! Really tough at times and a killer work out. Bring a friend and you can climb some tough rope lined cliffs to the top of some falls. Be very careful if it has rained much in past few days

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Fun hike. Didn't climb to the top... Maybe next time. Muddy in spots, trees to climb over, streams to cross, old houses and car along the way, pretty much a great adventure. Take plenty of bug spray, the mosquitos were out for blood

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

I couldn't find the entrance to this trail. I ended up just hiking kolowana and pu'u pia trail. advice? those two trails are pretty hard in the pouring rain btw.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Amazing hike. We went in the pouring rain (which honestly was a stupid idea, but we survived.) and the waterfalls were beautiful and gushing. It took WAY longer than expected and I didn't climb the long rope over the big waterfall because it was too treacherous with all the water coming down. This is a hike I will never ever forget. So incredible.

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