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Manoa Falls, Honolulu

Categories: Waterfalls, Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 based on 2,200+ reviews on the web
Falling more than 46 m (150 ft), Manoa Falls sparkles against a sheer rock face. Take a 2.4 km (1.5 mi) hike through tall trees with twisted trunks and thick greenery to reach the falls. The pathway is often slippery, so wear shoes with a good grip. Then be prepared to take these shoes off to wade in the shallow pool at the base of the waterfall. Add Manoa Falls to your Honolulu travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Honolulu trip builder.
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  • My wife and I did this as a couple. The trail starts off being very nice, but the closer you get to the falls the more rocky it becomes and the more uneven the ground is. The hike is lovely as it is t...  read more »
  • What a beautiful hike in such a vast area. Slippery as others have stated but we went slow and did just fine. The falls were nice but getting there was amazing! Loved it! 
  • Great hike with amazing views and forest, make sure you have good walking shoes as it can get a little muggy. It is shaded most of the way so you can go anytime during the day. We caught a local bus t...  read more »
  • I have to say, this trail is totally opposite feel to the Diamond Head Hike. With the exception of the cost to park $5 (which you will see on the right side by the snack shop) everything else is polar opposite. The road here is not paved like Diamond Head. Everything is green, lush and beautiful with minimal sunlight. You will definitely leave here muddy on your shoes. The trail does get tighter and slippery as you get closer to the fall. There is a portable bathroom beginning of the trail. This trail is not difficult, but it wasn't my kids favorite either. However, it is easy enough for a 5 year old to complete. There really wasn't much mosquito sighting when we went and we went really early in the morning like 8am. Highly recommend not to take anything with you like a bag or backpack, only maybe a walking stick. Still super fun for the family to do when you're in town.
  • A walk in the jungle. Amazing green and huge trees. An easy walk that is definitely worth it. Trail is kinda narrow and heavily traveled. Parking at the bottom is $5. There is a restaurant there. Outhouse is near the bottom. There is also a hose to wash the mud off.
  • Very well maintained trail. The last 1,000' is the hardest part but easy enough to carry small children or help those old enough to walk and climb. Waterfall is very worth the hike. Cool waterfall.
  • Horrible experience. SO many stupid, noisy tourists, some were actually walking through the woods with their smartphones out, playing games or texting. Almost every tree or bamboo has initials or names carved into it. Some idiots were hiking the trail with small boomboxes, playing loud music! Of course, the Japanese tourists have to stop every 5-feet and take yet another 20 selfies, so they block the path while everyone waits for them. When we finally got up to the actual "waterfall", there was no water. It was a bunch of people standing around the base of where the water normally falls, sitting on rocks, texting and talking, looking bored, oh and littering. Trash everywhere, noise, cigarette butts. We dreaded hiking back that same crowded trail we had just come up, so we saw the trail continue up the hill, and like a car screeching it tires, took off up that trail just to get away from the sheep. THIS was a nicer trail! We had no idea where we were going, but it was a much nicer experience. It was quiet, we were alone, we only saw a few things that had idiots initials carved onto it. I will say though, it was a more dangerous trail. As I was hiking up, two dudes were coming down, and one of them stepped on a large rock, which totally came loose and rolled away and the guy went head over heels in front of me, surprised he wasn't hurt more. I lifted him up and dusted him off, and started off up the hill. I stepped on the same rock, which sent it rolling down the path again and hit the same guy in the leg. He was looking at me like I was behind the whole thing; I simply said "sorry." and walked on. In summary, if you absolutely HAVE to go to this stupid tourist attraction, just know it is crowded, they charge the hell out of you in the parking lot, and after a long hike, there may not be any water at the waterfall. Oh, and when you DO get to the waterfall, get the image out of your head of you kissing someone while alone under the waterfall. You will be surrounded by dozens of Jap tourists making noise, jostling each other, taking selfies, and making a nuisance of themselves. Have fun!
  • The canopy tree tops are beautiful. It reminds me of a dinosaur picture set. I have never seen anything like it. It almost feels as if the landscape was purposely planted as a arboretum. Rains often and is very muddy. The water fall at the end is narrow but high. You can swim in the water, but the caveat is possible dangerous Leptospirosis in the stream and landslides from above the falls. Not to scare anyone, but as a precaution.
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