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“Spoiled my wife's birthday”
Review of Manoa Falls

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Ranked #19 of 331 things to do in Honolulu
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

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!

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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Even though we got eaten alive but what we are assuming were mosquito's this was a beautiful and easy hike. As long as you dress appropriately for a hike you should have no complaints. The shaved ice at the store in the parking lot was the PERFECT way to end the hike.

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Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

I read about the falls and wanted to experience them for myself. I took the entire family. Be prepared to get wet and muddy. I would not recommend flip flops or sandals. They sell rain ponchos in the gift shop for a $1.25, if you didn't bring one. The hike to the falls took us a little under an hour. It is slightly challenging. You will climb and the trail is slippery. The consensus among my group-- age 14 to 61 was that the hike was a success.

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Reviewed December 30, 2012

Or do both...but especially if the Falls parking lot is full, the trail and falls are packed with people. The Arboretum, entrance to the left of Manoa Falls trail head, is like walking through a more manicured "Lost" with spectacular views of the mountains and valley. Take the time to walk all the trails!

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Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

We made this hike as a spur of the moment decision. We had heard it wasn't that good because of the lack of recent rain, but having had a few days of spotty showers we decided to give it a try. It was a very easy hike except for one spot that was very muddy and people were having trouble getting past it, we managed without ruining our clothes with the infamous red mud. There had been enough rain that the falls were running very good. We actually had rain off and on for the entire hike, but hey, it's a rain forest! It was well worth the effort and we were glad we made the hike. This is a very easy hike for young and old alike.

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