Manoa Falls Trail
Manoa Falls Trail
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Pandy D
Sydney, Australia886 contributions
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Manoa Falls, Oahu
You arrive at a carpark and centre which includes a small store. The car park opens at 8am and costs $7. The Manoa Falls Trail is a really scenic walk with untouched bushland. It’s relatively easy although you walk over rocks covered with mud (don’t wear your favourite white shoes), so it can be a little slippery. The trail ends at a small lookout and pool. The day we went the falls were not like the promo photos due to the drought, but still awesome to reach. We did the trail in 45min up, and 30mins back.
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Written July 8, 2022
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Cris S
Denver, CO38 contributions
The starting point of this hike was actually the best part for me. Incredible views of the mountains and high tree canopies. Once the hike really started it was very muddy and impossible to not get your shoes muddy so plan ahead. I didn't need hiking boots, just old tennis shoes. People from all ages were on this hike from babies being carried to those over 60 yrs old. Not sure I would recommend this hike for either of those. I wouldn't want to carry my child nor have any child under 6 on this hike. There are some spots where a misstep could be lethal. The waterfall is at the end of the hike and it stands 150' high and is kind of cool. It was the destination but to me it wasn't as breathtaking as the beginning. Once you start up the trail you are surrounded by thick jungle and can't really see anything to your sides. But because of the rough terrain and mud your eyes are constantly looking down at your path the entire time. Not the best hike but still unique and fun. Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail was better
Written January 1, 2020
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bookmom27
Countryside, IL10 contributions
A beautiful hike with amazing scenery. The trail is clearly marked but very rocky and muddy. Would definitely not wear sandals and bring mosquito repellant. Parts of the trail are quite steep, but doable if you take your time. The payoff of the waterfall at the end is worth the work. We stopped at the snack shop for fruit smoothies at the end and they were delicious. The attendant at the counter also provided us interesting information as we waited.
Written November 15, 2021
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WDHNL27
Honolulu, HI17 contributions
Not worth your time. Between this place and the pineapple plantation, I don't know which is worse. There are beautiful grounds at Manoa Falls. The landscaping is NUTS. Honestly, I was truly taken aback by the beauty I was able to be in the presence of...... HOWEVER, here's the thing, all the while, on the drive there, on the walk around the grounds,... the whole time, all I could do is be excited about the falls. If I recall correctly, they even had some footsteps or signs along the way stating little messages like, "You're almost there"

Everything about this place builds your anticipation for this waterfall you think is gonna knock your socks off. Well, I regret to inform you, the falls are super short, they are not what you think they're going to be. There's show on them to boot with a guy who jumps off different ledges of the rocks of the falls but honestly, I'm sure the pool's diving board at most universities are higher than the one at most universities.

Underwhelmed is how you'll feel afterwatching the show at the falls and again, if you've been to Niagara or Victoria or Kaieteur Falls, you're gonna have to do a double take when you see Manoa Falls.....

Don't say I didn't warn you!
Written February 12, 2020
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potterkd2
MA89 contributions
Easy hike (hour most round trip) to a smaller waterfall - and is easy to fit into the day if you do not want to do a more extreme hike. Word to the wise - wear good shoes - the trail is very muddy and rocky. It is also popular but not overly crowded.
Written April 7, 2022
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Jason G
Edmonton, Canada28 contributions
Nice view overall, an easy hike, but way too crowded for my liking. The parking is $5, but there's a place to wash off your shoes at the end of your hike. Oh, if it's been raining, you can pretty much guarantee that your shoes will be destroyed. I read this ahead of time and stopped in at walmart and bought myself a $20 pair of shoes.
Written January 22, 2020
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mundell22
Oahu, HI98 contributions
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I was excited to hike the trail for two reasons. One, it has been closed for almost 2 years and two the DNLR has been working all that time to make "improvements". Unfortunately, they have ruined one of my favorite hikes on Oahu. The trail now resembles a gravel road. Gravel that is oversized and loose under foot. It is quite treacherous in some sections of the trail. The lower half of the follows the old track but at the upper section they decided to to carve out a wide swath in the side of the mountain. All the cool nuances of the old path, shady canopy, winding turns, view of the water in the ravine below, the first glimpse of the falls as you make the final turn and the diverse variety of plant species are all gone. Now you are in the full sun, bamboo on the upside and nothing on the downside. And then you get to the falls. OMG. The trail abruptly ends at a point about 60ft above the pool at the base of the falls. The viewing area is small and sourounded by a rock wall topped with very unfriendly pointed stones. Apparently to prevent visitors from sitting on the wall to enjoy the view. The canopy of foliage that used to frame the falls is gone. It is so meh now! Very disappointing. I can only hope that, over time, nature will fill in the blanks.
Written June 6, 2021
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williwanna
Boston, MA104 contributions
Very chill and nice trail. paid 7 dollars for parking. when reach the waterfall, although it said do not go into the water, people still did. Kind of fun. They went under the waterfall. I can tell it is very very cold there. Haha. Nice tropical trail near the airport.
Written April 19, 2022
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Yessyhara
Venice, FL2,387 contributions
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WEATHER: If you’re not from the island you may not know that your weather app can show Honolulu as sunny and it will still be raining at the falls. Manoa is it’s own little micro-climate. It’s very green and lush here because of the very frequent Manoa Mist so be aware.

MUD: The trail will probably be damp. Be prepared for slippery, muddy areas. Don’t wear white and except to be clean when you’re done.

TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Guidebooks say this is a moderately easy trail. Truth: the bottom half is pretty easy, the middle quarter will have you climbing over some roots and rocks, the last quarter will probably have you holding on as you climb up two foot ledges with wet round rocks and somewhat slippery places to put your feet. Going down is harder than climbing up.

AT THE TOP: We went mid-week early May. It was not too crowded, and it was still full at the base of the falls. We had to wait to get our photo opportunity and there were people in the background.

BATHROOMS: No facilities. Take your own water too.

It’s a very scenic hike up. The bridge is your first chance for photos. There are bamboo groves and giant low-hanging branches that make for fun photos.
Written September 26, 2019
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S.G.
11 contributions
Manoa Falls trail, Waiakeakua trail, Pu'u Pia and Kolowalu trails (all in Manoa) are not worth hiking!!. Better to hike other trails on Oahu. Full of 5-inch long centipedes & mosquitoes. Boulders, mud, & rockslides!! If you need to be rescued the City & County of Honolulu will give you the bill for the rescue! BEWARE: there are homeless people living along the trails who leave excrement & trash. Private property owners have been prosecuting trespassers. Many rental units in the area. Many burglaries and vehicles being broken into. Today's date: January 23, 2022
Written January 23, 2022
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