Maunawili Trail

Maunawili Trail, Honolulu: Address, Phone Number, Maunawili Trail Reviews: 4/5

Maunawili Trail
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Karen W
1 contribution
Slippery, hazardous, muddy, dangerous stream wading.
May 2021 • Solo
NOT worth the time or effort. Wish I hadn’t wasted the time on a hazardous trail and in a stream that has a leptospirosis hazard. One person ahead of me fell in the stream and hurt an ankle. She told me about the side trail next to the stream, but it stopped and started so you have to walk in the water with uneven footing and fast moving water. The waterfall was not worth seeing, especially with the large crowds of people and the noise. Wish I had spent my 3 hours some other way and watched this waterfall on YouTube instead. You can’t even walk or hike here for real exercise because you spend the whole time trying not to trip and fall, looking down. Zero stars, for dangerous trail and walking in a stream, and a less than impressive waterfall.
Written May 24, 2021
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Scott J
San Marcos, CA28 contributions
A very tough trail unless you are a great mountain hiker.
Jan 2020
This trip was going to supposed to be an amazing fun family outing. The reviews were mostly good but didn't read the ones that said not to go.
Here is the best way to describe this hike, Muddy, rocky, and slippery. If you remember the movie "Romancing the Stone" and Joan Wilder character and Jack Colton slide down the muddy jungle slope, well this is about the same on this trek. Muddy, slippery, elevated roots you have to step through or slip off.
Yes a waterfall awaits the most bravest of people, but I would rather surf at the Pipeline break on the North Shore in the winter when the waves are 35 ft. tall and I don't even surf.
........... If you are to ignore anything I have said, bring the best hiking shoes you can find, with the best traction. They will be stained permanently with Red oxide mud but will save you from a likely fall without them. Also at least a quart of water and a small snack
There is an option- Threre is a paved Road that you can hike about 1 mile in through the "Jurassic" jungle and get amazing photos of a river, Mountains, and plenty of Jungle plants. You will also see old buildings owned by Major Edward H. Boyd and William Irwin built around 1834. All these are marked and have signs that tell you all about them. Be aware, once you see the beware of Dog / Private Property you will probably want to turn around. To access this road - Just follow the Maunawili Trail map and when you see the waterfall sign go past it.
Written January 11, 2020
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Corinna G
Scotts Valley, CA11 contributions
Nope
Jan 2020 • Family
Very muddy!!!! Not worth it at all. Find something else to do. It was so muddy and slippery. Our shoes are destroyed.
Written January 9, 2020
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Noelieen K
6 contributions
Nice waterfall to go to
Oct 2019 • Solo
This was a really beautiful waterfall to go to but please note please wear sneakers with grip it is a really slipery and long trail. Prefer to go earlier in the day then later because alot of people go later and the trail get slippery getting out.
Written October 26, 2019
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AngelitaK
Inver Grove Heights, MN152 contributions
Good hike, def moderate - rough terrain so be prepared!
Jan 2019 • Couples
We enjoyed this hike, it was a good moderate level hike. Very muddy and you end up walking through the water a few times to get to the falls at the end. It takes a good 75 minutes plus to make it to the falls with the mud, the walk up, and all the tree roots you had to navigate through. If it had just rained, I don't know if we would have done it or continued on. It was dry for a few days so we decided to go and it was still muddy, so we knew if it had rained there def could be some issues with deeper standing water and mud spots that would cover your entire shoe up your leg! All in all, good hike, def recommend it, and bring water! We did bring bug spray and used it, had no issues with bugs at all, not sure if it was the bug spray or not, but we had zero issues with bugs. Good luck and enjoy!
Written January 29, 2019
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Michele L
Venice, FL1,300 contributions
What a messy HARD trail
Dec 2018 • Family
Ok to begin, we did not know what we were in for, as I should have read the reviews. We were going to do the pillbox hike but decided this for the waterfall and swimming hole at the end. This took us 3-1/2 hours and we did not stay long at the swimming area. I am 60 in good shape for my age exercise 3-4 times a week. My husband is 73 also in pretty good shape. Our son in law carried his son all the way.
I slipped and fell 5 times husband 6 daughter in law 3. We were all covered in mud by the end. You really have to watch your footing all the way. We went after a pretty heavy rain fall the night before. If I knew what this trail would have been I would have passed. But now memories for us with lots of laughs. My neck was sore from looking down. If you do this, wear the correct shoes with some treading on the bottom. I had work out shoes I use for exercise class with pretty much a smooth bottom. Bring water! And Good Luck! I could not wait to get back to solid grounds!
Written December 26, 2018
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Navigate546507
5 contributions
Such a blast!
Oct 2018 • Couples
You have to have shoes that can get muddy! Water shoes, teva sandals, etc. not flip flops. It’s a messy experience but so worth it! We loved this hike. It’s intermediate for sure. We saw kids of all ages though.
Written October 14, 2018
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Vivienne N
7 contributions
Wonderful Hike with reward at the end.
Jun 2018
Hiking the Maunawili Trail with the waterfall at the end was my favorite thing to do while visiting Oahu, and we did plenty! There were 7 of us, ranging in age from 10 - 52, and moderate skill level and average fitness. We paced ourselves and struggled a bit, but it was all part of the challenge. I would NOT recommend hiking in flip flops although we did see several people doing so. At least wear trail shoes. It is a muddy, rugged terrain with large exposed tree roots and slippery paths. At times you have to cross the stream and your feet will get wet. The trail is dense with mosquitos, so take your repellent, and sufficient water! The waterfall at the end is beautiful with a refreshing pool at the base of it that many were jumping and swimming in. Definitely a hike worth doing. Enjoy!
Written July 7, 2018
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maltedmilkshake
Singapore, Singapore29 contributions
As an update to my review of Maunawili Falls
May 2018 • Friends
I now have contracted typhus after hiking at the trail and falls.

Please be careful! There’s also leptospirosis in the waters so don’t go in with open wounds.
Written June 5, 2018
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Judy M
Scranton, PA122 contributions
If you want to stay clean don't do it but if you're up for an adventure don't miss this hike
May 2018 • Family
You will get muddy but it will wash off and you won't need to throw away your shoes. We are experienced hikers and found this hike challenging. My husband and I both fell a few times. The river crossings were welcomed to wash off the mud. It took us 80 minutes to get to the falls and 70 to get back down. You move better when you stop trying to stay clean. We went on Memorial Day and the trail was pretty busy. I think it might be a little less slippery on a slower day. It took us 40 minutes to get to the first water crossing. Then it took 10 minutes to get to stairs which took 20 minutes up and 10 minutes down. From there you cross the river one more time and finish a short walk to the falls. The falls were cold and refreshing. There were many people there. We saw people jump from 4 different spots. We jumped too. It was great fun. The rainforest was beautiful. I'm so glad we saw this part of Oahu. On a day that was less busy it would be a great place to chill for the afternoon. We got beautiful pictures.
Written May 29, 2018
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