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Maunawili Falls Trailhead, Honolulu

(3.7/5 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 had read on a different website that people spent approximatey 45 minutes total on the trail ans falls but in reality, it would be 45 minutes one-way. We are avid hikers and visited the trail with ...  more »
  • If you appreciate the beauty of plants and birds, this is hike for you. Knotted ferns furled in tight balls, wild bromeliads, guava, orchids and wild pigs are a few of the treats you'll find on the tr...  more »
  • Not enough signage or information for this trail. It was beyond dangerous in parts and extremely muddy and slippery. Not a trail to do and get an injury along the way as you would be literally screwed...  more »
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  • I had a great time hiking here...I love a good challenge. When you get there, you will have to park at the near by housing there. The trail is poorly marked. Just follow the trail of mud and you'll get there. The trail is super muddy!! Your shoes or half of you body is going to be covered in mud...that's how bad the trail is. Once you get there, it's a amazing waterfall....you can jump off into the water and it's fun, just be careful... I fell and had to get 8 stitches on my right arm, be slow and take your time. I still had fun, just take your time and have fun.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful rain forest very difficult hike lots of mud be ready to fall and be covered in mud. I stayed out of the worst of the mud using the branches on the sides to keep from falling. I went with two older children and we made it about 1/2 way took an hour then we turned around and headed home. Had to put a tarp on the seats so I could take then to rinse off. I was told there is a better place to hike from and see these falls by a local. Maybe a hike for the dry season if they have one of those.
  • 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!
  • 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.