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Maunawili Falls Trailhead, Honolulu

Categories: Waterfalls, Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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3.8/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web
Follow a scenic hike along the river all the way up to a gushing waterfall on Maunawili Falls Trailhead. Popular with mountain bikers and hikers, the trail leads past different types of apple trees and native Hawaiian plants. At the bottom of the waterfall you'll find a great swimming hole. Many visitors muster up the courage to take the plunge into this natural pool with a swift jump from the overhead cliffs. The trail is of moderate difficulty and is 5.2 km (3.2 mi) in length. The route crosses the river several times and is often muddy due to rain and the proximity of running water. Be sure to wear proper hiking shoes to avoid slipping. Use our Honolulu vacation generator to arrange your visit to Maunawili Falls Trailhead and other attractions in Honolulu.
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  • We have travel extensively and have done many waterfall hikes, with several on Oahu. We did Maunawili and likely would not do it again. We are not afraid of a difficult hike and getting a little dirty...  read more »
  • A very hard road to the waterfall. Be sure to bring comfortable shoes and water. Large stones, clay slippery. The weather in the jungle very changeable and cool enough along the way. End of the road is the waterfall, in principle nothing special it is, more interesting way to the waterfall
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  • We went here with our Oahu Private Tours guide Lukela, who took us up on an alternate, off-trail route to the falls which had us walking for about 20-30mins before we reached our destination. Yes, it ...  read more »
  • This hike is a nice adventure into the jungle. It's not as main stream as a lot of the other waterfall hikes on the island. The trails is muddy, and forks a few times, but it's marked well enough to find your way. There are a couple sets of primitive stairs and vistas for photo ops. The falls are tucked in a rock punch bowl with vertical walls on both sides. The cool water is deep at the falls and perfect for a little dip. For the more daring and adventurous there are a few spots to jump from, just be careful.
  • This is my default waterfall hike. It can get really muddy, especially after heavy rain, but that's what makes it all the more fun! I do tend to underestimate how long it is to the waterfall though - I always think it will be 15-30 min but it usually takes me around 45 min to an hour LOL. Although it has become somewhat of a tourist trap, sucks for the neighborhood in terms of parking and noise level, but I think it's sort of nice that this beautiful hike is getting the attention it deserves! There are a couple paths beyond the falls that are very fun and unique adventures!
  • I took my three children 9, 11 and 13. It was August 22nd. It was extremely muddy and I would recommend shoes you can wash that have some kind of grip on the sole. Anything light colored will get stained by the mud. It took us 2hrs to get there because we got a bit lost from the main trail and 1.5hrs on the way back. They trail isn't well marked in places where you need to cross the stream which was what we missed on the way there. It is very lush and green and the waterfall was pretty. We all swam in the water and my children jumped in from the rocks. We didn't see many other people on the trail on the way there. When we got to the falls we had it too ourselves for a good 20mins. I would recommend a plastic bag for muddy clothes and shoes and something to wipe off with.
  • Views on the way up are incredible. You're seeing a the same trees, but it's still awe-inspiring to just be out there and be surrounded by all of it. Super muddy though, so be prepared. Take old shoes, change of clothes.
  • No cost. Street parking. Think it was 3 hour hike round-trip. Maybe could have done 2 hours if it had been dry. Be careful of wild boar, my friends have encountered on this trail several times. If it rained the day previous, it is extremely soggy/slippery. Watch your step :-)
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