Explore the most popular forest trails near Urban Honolulu with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We had a hard time finding it, but if you park right off the Pali walk down the road that’s next to the parking lot, follow it down through the tunnel of trees. When the road bends, there will be an opening on the left. You can’t see the sign it’s in the bushes. After your on the trail a minute, take a left at the first fork it goes up slightly. After another 5-10 minutes there will be another fork. Left again and it will be shortly after that. Be mindful, don’t touch or stand on structures. It’s a historic site. Be respectful and remember it’s a quiet area.

Fun hike to do in the rain. Once we got to the top of the waterfall, we headed back out. No need for us to take the much more difficult route to get to the bottom. We enjoyed the adventure overall and it was very manageable. We had an 11 year old and 5 year old hiking with us as well.

Does anyone know if there is flowing water/springs on this trail that you can use for purifying?

Really great for baby wearing! Easy and scenic.

hiking
30 days ago

Awesome, very unique hike! If bringing kids or pets, it would be much advised to wait until the weather has been dry for at least a few days. We did it the day after a small rain storm, but after about a week of a swell. The river was extremely high! There were actual rapids, making the crossing fairly difficult for adults. My son, aged 3, had to be carried across and the water reached to my stomach and was very fast moving. It was absolutely worth it, though!
With the extra high waters, it was hard in two spots to find the path. The map had a hard time pinpointing my location, so it was a very loose guide.
We LOVED it! Definitely recommend

1 month ago

It was so peaceful and beautiful! It’s a little hard to find at first but I found some good directions online. If you know of the Pali highway the dirty parking lot for lulumahu falls you can park there and then the road to your right is called Nu’uanu Pali Drive you can either walk down there and at the very end you’ll see where it is or you can drive down there and park next to the water pipeline building. Which will be on your right side. It’s a little up the road to the right hand side across the street from water pipe line building. Be very respectful and don’t throw trash it’s a very quiet peaceful Hawaiian sacred. Grounds. If you posted pictures of mine give directions as well as it’s hard to fine

1 month ago

Very kid friendly, easy hike. Mosquitoes and mud, so come prepared with bug spray.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike with bamboo trees, captain cook pines, and stream with waterfall. Kid and pet friendly.

Beautiful trees, you have to walk through the water at the beginning. The trail gets pretty muddy in spots, bring bug spray and wipes to wipe your hands if you need too. Our family had a great time!

Be respectful of the land and history that is here. It really is beautiful! Once you find the trailhead it is a short and easy walk. Bring bug spray. We tried to find the falls but gave up.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike with geocaching, only negative is the pig hunters with dogs.

It is recommended that you are quiet, stealthy, and respectful if you come to this strange and beautiful place, not only because you are trespassing, but because there is some non-corporeal entity watching you. It is not recommended that you leave your trash behind on the trail, but if you decide to, it pleases me to remove it for you.

2 months ago

It was ok. There was a chance to go through a creek and interesting to see the different types of tree.

hiking
2 months ago

Great easy hiking with options to connect to other trails. Shaded and interesting change in plant life as you move along. Only downside is no parking lot but you can park on the road and walk to the trailheads. Just be careful because the road is winding and narrow with limited shoulder space.

nature trips
2 months ago

Very easy hike. Absolutely beautiful foliage.

2 months ago

street parking and walk around the elementary school grounds, up a walk, and cut through the playground along the fence and the trailhead is pretty obvious. quick ascent up to radar road and then a fairly monotonous up and down ridge hike until near the end. the sights along the way are ok. lots of scratchy ferns. the final ascent is where this gets a hard rating. definitely more fun at the end and probably for more experienced folks. took 7 hours total including breaks at an easy pace.

Super peaceful. Great scenery.

Tourists...respect the area and make sure to clean up after yourselves. Locals, it’s never enough to just show aloha, we must also show them how...let’s lead by setting good examples.

Nice little hike. Parking on the street, take mosquito spray! Has a river crossing, my kids 8, 10 loved hopping over the slippery stones in the water. Path a little muddy but overall ok. Beautiful forest walk with very small waterfall. Took us about an hour but we walked VERY slow.

5 months ago

6 months ago

Took a quick hike in the Nu’uanu Valley. Definitely a rooty and slippery hike, but a beautiful forest hike which included crossing Nu’uanu Stream and then hike down to the waterfall and around. Circular trail has a branch which leads to a 3 mike trail to Manoa Falls. That was not in the plans for today...especially when it started raining and getting dark. Maybe another time. Still in shock someone left a dirt diaper behind for the trail cleanup crew. Gross!

The ruins are amazing and so is the bamboo forest, but the falls aren't really accessible as they are on private land.

Ruins are an interesting bit of history and easy to to get to, but inding the falls is a bit tougher. Take the main trail until it appears to end. Step over logs and weave through until trail gets better. You will hear the water fall. Keep going and you will begin to descend to the stream. Cross steam and look for red ribbons to take you on an easier path around and down to base of large falls.

6 months ago

Loved this trail. Can get a bit muddy. Beautiful trees!

good for all skill levels.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail for an easy hike in the shade. My dog loved this hike. There was a stream and a waterfall my dog cooled off in. Highly recommend.

Beautiful site of old ruins. Not really much of a hike

Nice walk through a bamboo forest, tricky to find the way to the waterfall! Anyhow its a very short easy walk ... but I don't recommend it because you cannot reach the fall from upclose!!! You'll be 100ft way or more because ...this fall is on a private land ( there us a house build close io it)... and for thoses reasons I would have not gone for it if I knew that.

Getting to the ruins was insanely easy: turn left at the first fork in the bamboo forest. Getting to the falls was another matter entirely; keep in mind that the bottom of the falls is definitely on private property so enter at your own risk. Very pretty though!

hiking
8 months ago

went two hours in and two hours back. only got about 2 miles through. beautiful trail. great time. easy to follow, just lots of up and down.

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