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Maunawili Falls

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Address: Kailua, Oahu, HI

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Nice but strenuous...beware

This is a great hike in the jungle...very interesting but beware. It is about 3.5 miles to the falls...very steep, very muddy, very hazardous with slick roots and rocks all the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2016
Stafford, VA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

First have to declare we did not make it to the falls. The trail was solid mud, up to our ankles, and we were not prepared. After 45 minutes and making only a 1/4 mile of the 1.5 mile trail, we turned back. Talked to a few experts who assured us it is beautiful and totally worth it, but you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When we did this walk there was a warning at the start of the trail about a bacterial infection, so we were not keen on actually swimming in it although plenty of people were. leptospirosis can turn innocent cuts nasty infections though. The sign to the trail is very unofficial, so we missed it and stayed on the road too... More 

Thank brushandbel
East Liverpool, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

we stopped here on a bus tour, I walked to the top and my wife stayed at the lookout to take pics. very beautiful view.

Thank vladsuperman2
Apple Valley, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Firstly I'm a 50 year old female overweight but have good stamina. I had read about the mud and all but decided to go since my travel companion loves to hike. Biggest mistake I made was to not wear socks with my shoes picked up at target before hand! It took us about an hour and a half to get... More 

Thank nursebecky2006
Stafford, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

This is a great hike in the jungle...very interesting but beware. It is about 3.5 miles to the falls...very steep, very muddy, very hazardous with slick roots and rocks all the way. Make sure you pay attention to the old agricultural terraces along the way....really cool but you will have to read up on them before the hike, there are... More 

Thank red69hoss
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

The hike probably took us about an hour and a half each way, so I wouldn't suggest you hike this with young children or elderly family members. The hike was very hard, very muddy, but so much fun. I fell multiple times, but the view at the end of the hidden waterfall is worth it. There were people jumping off... More 

Thank Kassandra K
Kailua, Hawaii
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016

This trail has been removed from the State's official trail list: it is unmaintained and deteriorating so it can be confusing - people get lost.. Extremely muddy and dangerous - there are rescues by helicopter or other emergency services several times a week, and people get hurt. No toilets, no trash pickup, no parking. Flash floods, mosquitoes and leptospirosis in... More 

Thank alohasue2016
Gulf Breeze, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016

We hiked the trail to the falls 2 days after a rainy day. The trail was brutal with mud and puddles the entire trail. You had to watch each and every step. Would probably be a good hike if it has not rained recently. Otherwise I would not do it. If you get to the trail head and see the... More 

Thank Tim D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016

“Show me a waterfall!” is the recreational battlecry of many a visitor to Oahu. After all, tropical paradises are synonymous with rainbows and waterfalls. Oahu does boast plenty of rain-fed, spurting beauties, but unlike some of the other Hawaiian islands, none of them offer drive-up viewing. A thorough deluge will leave the Ko‘olau range awash in a spectacle of gushing... More 

Thank emillysears
Kailua, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

Maunawili Falls is great easy and fun. Number one CHECK WEATHER FIRST. Even though Maunawili falls is relatively small and mellow, if it's raining up in the Koolau Mountains it can become very dangerous. People park on the street near the gate to Falls. All we ask is Malama Ka 'Aina (respect the land) PLEASE, pack your trash out and... More 

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