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“Slippery trail!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Manoa Fall

Manoa Fall
End of Manoa Road, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96822
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Ranked #24 of 155 attractions in Honolulu
Type: Waterfalls, Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking
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Hubbardston, Massachusetts
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“Slippery trail!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

I enjoyed the bamboo fores., the waterfall, the sights but the walk itself can be treacherous. The rocks are covered with slippery red mud. Wear the right shoes & carry a walking stick.

Visited October 2012
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Santa Cruz, California
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“meh: getting dirty for a trickle”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

I had never been so dirty in my life - both me and my hiking partner (that I met at the headtrail) fell. I had to run to the mall immediately after and bought new pants and shoes. We're both in our 20s and in group shape. The hike itself was enjoyable and the botanical varieties interesting - but then I like hiking in general. The waterfall was tiny even in a rainy and wet season. It is very accessible by bus, don't drive there. Visited in April 2009.

Visited April 2012
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Silicon Valley, CA
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“Worth the hike!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

Had to be at the airport at 11:00 am so had just enough time for a jaunt to Manoa Falls. Got there early Sunday morning (7:30 am) and started walking up the well groomed trail. Halfway up there is no more gravel on the well worn trail. Got much steeper also. By the way, I went on a day where the ground was dry; I can see that if it had recently rained, the trail would be very slippery. Your heartbeat goes up climbing this trail. A good workout. Its not that long though. Perhaps half an hour to the Falls. Surprising number of people were there before, during, and presumably after I left. You could wade in the water at the base of the Falls and get drenched in the shower but I didn't quite have enough time. Take your time walking back down the trail. Look at all the flowers and plants. Its just a nice way to pass some time.

Visited October 2012
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“Worth the muddy trail”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

The falls were a little low last week when we were there but it did not dimish our enjoyment of the hike. Taking the trail to the left of the falls to continue up to the summit is fabulous.

Be warned...it's muddy and can get slippery. Bring water. The bamboo forest was incredible. Take a walking stick with you if you need the extra bit of support once in a while. We crafted one from some felled bamboo and it was very helpful.

Swimming is not allowed beneath these falls. For swimming holes the hike to Maunawili falls is great and not as difficult (in my opinion). Also a very picturesque hike.

Wear proper shoes. You can conceivably make it to the falls in sandals but I would not advise it. Going beyond the falls and up proper footwear is a must.

Fee for parking

Visited October 2012
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“Lots of variety, suitable for most hikers. Beautiful.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Fun fact. If you get lost here, you will still have 3G reception. It will also cost you $1000 if you call the park rangers and want help getting out. haha.

Sooooo anyways.... Manoa Falls has so many different trails and different difficulties and something new to appreciate at every visit, that it's impossible to justify skipping a visit here.

If you're not the outdoorsy, physical type, then there's a paved walk up to their signature waterfall. Snap a few pics and then head over to the Arboretum. Easy.

If you want some difficulty, Pauoa Flats is medium to medium-hard. Aihualama is a connection from Pauoa and is a slight bit harder. It takes you to a waterfall and pool but you can only look at it, because the park has deemed the area unsafe and "landslide prone." None of these trail combinations will leave you winded.

There are lots of views and lots of wildlife, if you have the eyes to see them and the patience to take it slow. Hunting is in session on Wed and Sun (as of this review), so it's a good idea to stick to the posted trails and / or wear brighter colors. Another tip is to bring along a map of the park on your phone, just for handy reference.

Visited April 2012
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