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Maunawili Falls Trail

A nice hike through the jungle to great view of Kailua, Maunawilli Falls, and a swimming hole
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3.2 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours

Overview:  The Maunawilli Falls Trail is a great hike in Kailua along the river that eventually stops at a beautiful waterfall with a great... more »

Tips:  Park far from the trailhead--there are strict parking regulations and you don't want a ticket.

This trail follows creek and is... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking

Parking is strictly enforced near the trailhead, so it is best to park on the other side of the bridge in the more residential area. Follow the signs for the Maunamili Trail.

Follow the sign for the Maunawili Falls Trail. You will cross the river a couple of times, and there is a good chance that some of the trail will be very muddy and slippery, so watch you step.

3. Nice Views

After the uphill climb you will have nice unrestricted views of Kailua towards the ocean. After this you will hike back down hill, and the trail to the waterfall is nearby.

4. Trail to waterfall

Turn left here and follow the creek upstream. After a couple of minutes you will arrive at the swimming hole at the base of Maunawili Falls.

There is a great swimming area at the base of the falls, and many people like to climb up the falls and jump into the water below. If you decide to jump, be careful and make sure you land far enough away from the rocks.

When you are done hike back the way you came.