OVERVIEW - disappointing falls, not suitable for swimming or even sitting around, and a terrible track up there (from the half way point onwards).
THE FALLS THEMSELVES: are very small. The area at the bottom has a single bench for people to sit on, and if there are more than a handful of people it gets crowded quickly. The water itself is not only roped off (with danger signs about rock falls), but even if you choose to ignore the sign, the pool is too small to go swimming in and is full of big rocks ie. no open area to sit down or just take in the scenery.
THE TRAIL: The trail leading up there is pretty good for the first half to 2/3's and then it sort of finishes... Perhaps it’s work in progress, but regardless, it’s not in good condition. It was very muddy, including points where the whole path was a pool of muddy water and the outsides just thick mud, some very large steps (ie. waist high) to climb up, and parts near the top where the path seemed to disappear and was just rocks to climb over. I’d read others reviews but still wasn’t expecting something in such a poor state. Neither is it really suitable for young children unless you’re prepared to carry them a fair amount of the way.
POSITIVES: The scenery on the way up is great, and it’s always good to be in a rainforest environment. There is a hose at the bottom to squirt off all the mud from your shoes and legs.
IN THE END: The kids were very disappointed, especially after the effort getting up there, that swimming wasn’t really possible. I’ve visited heaps of waterfalls over the years, and this is one of the worst. If it wasn’t for the stunning location and the first half of the trail, it would have got 1 star. There are many more activities in Honolulu to do than getting dirty and wasting your time on this waterfall. Oh – and don’t wear white shoes – you’ve been sufficiently warned!