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“Hike to waterfalls and pool”
Review of Maunawili Falls

Reviewed August 24, 2012 via mobile

Hike to waterfalls and pool
Hike was really slippery and muddy in the dry season. That was what made it hard. Although parts of the hike were steep. Nice view at the top of the mountain.

Thank Knlake
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Reviewed August 18, 2012 via mobile

Parking was really easy. It was a short drive to get to the beginning of the trail. The trail took about 1/2 an hour one way for a 20 something male. So expect to take longer if you bring children or pets. Lots of people brought dogs. Not stroller friendly for those with young children. You will have to carry anyone who can't walk.

Throughout the Saturday there were about 30-40 people at the falls themselves. Open pond collects the water and it's not warm, but after the hike that's okay. There are numerous jumps at about 5, 10, 40, and 50 feet for those feeling brave. It was fun. Everyone who can should go.

1  Thank langola
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

I live in the area and know a lot of ins and outs of this hike. It is 1.5 miles of lush foliage, slippery mud, and exposed rocks/tree roots. You cross the river at least twice.

1. Take your valuables with you.
2. Lock your car. Car theft is rare, but it did happen at least once this summer.
3. Wear the right shoes. I suggest reef walkers or washable tennis shoes for this one. The mud on the trail stains things permanently red, and can be EXTREMELY slippery. Sturdy, washable shoes are a must.
4. Pack out your trash. There is no restroom and no garbage service on the trail. We hate to see litter on the trail! It can get in the rivers and wash into the ocean, hurting the wildlife along the way.
5. Stay on the big wide trail and don't cross the river until the main trail disappears. You only need to cross water twice on the way up, and it is when you are almost at the falls. You will then need to cross it twice on the way down.
6. Trail Hazards: Be careful about slippery rocks, getting lost in the thick foliage, flash floods (don't hike when it is raining hard or the river will swell dangerously high), and (most of all) jumping off the waterfall cliffs. Rescue helicopters end up flying into the falls area at least once a week during the height of the season. Don't let it be you!
7. The water carries leptosporosis, but most people are able to swim just fine. Don't go in if you have an open cut, and don't drink the water. People really do get it sometimes from this particular falls.
8. Wear mosquito repellent. This is not the worst place on the island for mosquitoes, but they do thrive and will truly bother most people.

If you follow those guidelines, you should have a great hike. It is safe enough that I think most 8 year old kids would be able to do it and enjoy it. Kids younger than that probably won't have the stamina to finish the hike, or will struggle too much with the slippery mud to enjoy it. The ending point is a small waterfall with a deep cold swimming pool full of little fish that nibble your toes if you hold still. It is best for people who want to swim. If you just want to look at a waterfall, but not swim, I suggest Manoa Falls. Shorter hike, the falls are taller, the trail is marked more clearly, closer to Honolulu, and the plants are equally lush. Many of the same safety tips I shared here also apply to any hike in Hawaii.

5  Thank IridescentDragons
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

We hiked this trail after a rain. It was VERY muddy and treacherous throughout the entire hike. I appreciated that the hike was varied with hills and valleys, with two river crossings. The falls are interesting (admittedly, not as interesting as Manoa Falls) and many people were jumping into a pool at the bottom. Bring plenty of water and bug spray! Do not wear your favorite shoes...they will get ruined! I was warned about parking near the trail head from a website but plenty of cars were parked in the neighborhood closest to the start...we were told that they ticket cars there, so wearied down the hills a bit on a different street. We did not see any tickets when we left, but it was Sunday. Just be careful.

Thank Scott C
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

This is the perfect hike to get a feel for real Hawaii. It's a mile and a half each way- starting with a stroll through beautiful rainforest. There are a lot of tree roots and the trail does get pretty slippery when it's wet so be sure to wear comfortable shoes with good tread. About halfway up the grail you'll reach the steps that will account for most of the elevation gain en route. They are a bit steep in places but once you reach the top the trail opens up an you're surrounded by lush green mountains on 3 sides and a view to the ocean in between. The trail then winds back down into the jungle, along (and across!) the stream to the falls and swimming hole.

It's a beautiful short hike with a little bit of everything. Try going early in the morning during the week to avoid the crowds. Wear good hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. It can get quite hot and the water along the trail is not drinkable.

Thank shutterbug317
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