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Maunawili Falls

Kailua, Oahu, HI
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Ranked #8 of 13 attractions in Kailua
Type: Hiking Trails, Waterfalls
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CALGARY
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The best part of this hike was not the waterfall, but the slip and slide experience of climbing a trail made of ankle-deep mud. You will probably be covered in mud, and might even fall into it a few times. It's all part of the fun if you go in expecting to get dirty. We read many reviews saying that... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

There is an excellent website that tells you everything you need to know before attempting this hike. It has maps showing where to park, a great overview of the trail with lots of pictures, and great advice on navigating your way safely. The website was put together by people who live in the area and have a lot of experience... More

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Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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25 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Read a rather misleading description in the Oahu Revealed guidebook. I wish I had read the excellent guide written by an earlier reviewer. Very muddy, very slippery in spots, lots of bugs. Half of our group quit at the first river crossing and the other half persisted until the end but said the going got even rougher towards the end.... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The hike itself is strenuous in that it is impossible to avoid the mud, as it comprises a good 3/4 of the trail and is very slippery. For an average hiker the hike to the falls probably takes about 50 minutes. If you go during the week, after 3 pm, chances are there will be nobody else there! The falls... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Beautiful jungle-y trail, but it was so muddy that we gave up! We didn't mind getting dirty but we were slipping around so much it was actually dangerous--it hadn't even been raining! Could be nice on a drier day possibly. I would try again. I don't recommend for young kids!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Aloha everyone! I live near the falls, and with the help of many local people and organizations, I have made a guide to help everyone hike the falls safely. Please visit maunawilifalls.com (a completely volunteer effort with no ads nor monetary compensation of any sort) to learn everything you will need to get safely through this trail. I will share... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

This trail was listed as "easy to moderate" which is pretty misleading. We saw a few people turn around because they just couldn't take the slippy/slidey trail in the mud. It was pretty much mud the entire way and that is normal according to the locals. The falls are very nice and the swimming hole was great. Lots of daring... More

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Friendswood, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

I'm not really sure how to review this hike, but because we had so much fun, I decided on 5 stars. We went on a rainy day--actually hiking in the rain, so I'm sure that made the mud so much worse. We were a total, muddy mess. And also, because of the rain, the stream was really flowing, and in... More

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New York City, New York
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

We stayed a week on Oahu and we had to visit this trail. Yes, its muddy!! Everyone says that so def believe it if you thinking on visiting. Wear dirty clothes you dont care about and tennis shoes you dont mind throwing away after. Pack water and a camera. The hike is fairly easy. The mud makes it difficult. You... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

One of my favorite waterfall hikes as you can actually get in the water after a long hike. For the more adventurous, there is a cliff to jump off of. The water is rather cold, but feels great on a hot day.

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