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Manoa Falls, Honolulu

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Waterfall · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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. Our Honolulu trip planning site makes visiting Manoa Falls and other Honolulu attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Manoa Falls was beautiful!! About a 30 min hike uphill. Once you reach the waterfall be careful. The waterfall area is rocky to get down to and you are really not supposed to go down into the... 
    Manoa Falls was beautiful!! About a 30 min hike uphill. Once you reach the waterfall be careful. The waterfall area is rocky to get down to and you are really not supposed to go down into the...  more »
  • The trail is short but definitely not easy. It is uphill and slippery. If you have very elderly parents, just let them stay in the beginning of the trail. There is a wide open area right after the....  more
    The trail is short but definitely not easy. It is uphill and slippery. If you have very elderly parents, just let them stay in the beginning of the trail. There is a wide open area right after the....  more »
  • A great hike for beginners who are only visiting Honolulu for a short time, as this doesn’t take long and is close to Honolulu city. This is a jungle trek with a chance to experience the lush green... 
    A great hike for beginners who are only visiting Honolulu for a short time, as this doesn’t take long and is close to Honolulu city. This is a jungle trek with a chance to experience the lush green...  more »
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  • Beautiful waterfall and rainforest 20 minutes North of Waikiki. Amazing how the climate and environment changes in such a short distance. Whoever said there are no mosquitos in Hawaii has never been to Manoa Falls. We bought Deep Woods Off wipes at the entrance and they were sufficient. $2.75 for one wipe. Cash and Card accepted. If you forgot your OFF just buy the wipes. You won't regret it. You'll need them further up the trail by the waterfall or the creek. Picturesque scenery throughout the hike. Challenging hike for very young and very old. It rained the entire hike up and down. You're shoes will get wet and muddy. Most hikers had athletic shoes. Some had hiking boots and even a few had flip-flops. They all seemed to make the hike without major issues. Very slippery muddy portions on a fairly steep slope. However, most of the trail had rocks to assist with gripping the trail. It can be tiring going up the hill and more dangerous coming down on the slippery footing. My 8yr daughter made it up fairly easily. I had to hold my 5 yr old son's hand up and down but he didn't have further problems. If you are taking elderly parents/company be sure to assist them on the way up and down as they can be unsteady on their feet. You do not want them tumbling or falling down on the rocks. A bottle of water should suffice for the hike. Take only pictures. Leave only footprints and be courteous to other hikers.
  • Awesome home to the falls. Make sure you have the right shoes. It’s a beautiful hike. Nice views and the staff are friendly. It can be slick heading up up and coming down so take your time.
  • Nice hike that's pretty doable for a wide range of ages and physical preparedness. It leads to a nice waterfall with a small pond to cool off.
  • Completely underrated area. A must go! Here’s the scoops, it’s $7 per car and a 30 min hike to the falls. It’s not stroller or wheelchair friendly. We took our 1.5 year old in a carrier. I would highly suggest a good carrier. Wear a good pair of gym shoes you’re OK with getting dirty. The hike up is steep muddy and a ton of rocks. The falls are beautiful.
  • Overall a great hike. The scenery is amazing. We took a short drive from Waikiki and when it was all said and done round trip took us about an hour and a half to two hours. At a steady pace with the stopping the hike up took us about 40 min and 20 or so minutes down. It is a gravel trail all the way up with a few steep portions but two good stopping points. The falls are beautiful but it does say swimming is off limits because of a certain bacteria that can infect open cuts. There were a few people swimming. It was a bit buggy but if you don’t plan to stop and rest it shouldn’t be a problem. I would recommend at least tennis shoes (a bit muddy and slippery) but hiking boots not needed. I would also recommend a walking stick for those that may feel unsteady on a gravel steep path. In my opinion the entrance view is just as spectacular as the waterfall. We arrived late morning and were able to park in the parking lot although it was filling up. By the time we headed down the trail it was definitely busier. There is a truck for sweet treats and drinks by the parking lot. I wouldn’t recommend unsteady hikers to do this when it is rainy as the rocks on the trail may be too slippery.

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