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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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Highlands Ranch, Colorado, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

The site says intermediate hike, it was very tough. If it rains before you go you will be in mud up to your knees. There are TONS of shoes on the trail because people sacrifice them due to mud. The waterfall is small, as long as the hike was I wanted a HUGE waterfall, it was not! However you can... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW via mobile

The trail is poorly maintained. Please read "Wendy R's" review for complete description by a local. We turned around after a short distance as my husband fell twice in the mud. I fell just before the end and broke a wrist, requiring surgery. At the Kailua ER - the staff joked I was in the Maunawilli Bay. They estimate at... More

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San Marcos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

absolutely one of my favorite hikes on the island! love the waterfall and pond!!! don't forget your bug spray! :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This is a super muddy hike so be prepared to get dirty. The hike is somewhat strenuous and has beautiful views. The hike takes you too some falls that you can jump off of. So much fun. Definitely do this hike so you can jump off the falls. Parking is in a neighborhood.

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Kailua, Hawaii
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6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Awesome hike to the falls. This is a better choice than pillbox. My pungent to swim at the falls if you like. Just be careful not to ingest the water and do not swim if you have open sores. The water could be infected by run off from wild pig waste. Just be careful. This is a must do hike.

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Warminster, Pennsylvania
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

If you aren't afraid of mud, slipping and sliding, falling down and having a great adventure, then this is for you! The mud covered your shoes and at points would cover your laces, there was no doubt that someone would fall at one point on the hike. The waterfall at the end was worth the climb. Cliff jumping at the... More

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CALGARY
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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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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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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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