Lulumahu Falls Hike

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Address Pali Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96817
A fairly short and relatively easy hike with a great payoff in the form of a tall waterfall at the end.

• General: Cost: Free • General: Photo Opportunity • Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Kid Friendly • Hiking: Length: 1-2 Miles
• Hiking: Level: Easy • Hiking: Minor Elevation Changes • Hiking: Out & Back Trail • Sightseeing: Great Views • Sightseeing: Waterfalls

Lulumahu Falls is a pretty awesome waterfall and one that's easy to reach in the Honolulu area of O'ahu. The trail head is accessed right off the Pali Highway, see our map pin point for exact location. There is some parking on the side of the road here but it does tend to fill up, especially on weekends, and leaving anything of value in your car here is a bad idea as usual.

This hike is around a mile to get to the falls, so two miles round trip. It's relatively easy for most hikers, and we've seen quite a few smaller kids on this hike as well (though they may need assistance in areas), but you'll have to use your own judgement because easy for one person may not be easy for another.

Once you enter the trail you'll head to the left, following the telephone poles (or follow the path through the bamboo forest which will also curve around to your left). Either way, you'll end up in the same rough area and have to walk up a small hill which has a gravel path that you'll follow toward the large cement structure and bridge you see.

Go passed those items and you'll enter a spillway area that seems to be no longer used and has some interesting, and very well done, graffiti on the walls. Opposite this wall, the trail continues and from here you'll see the Lulumahu Stream which will eventually lead to a very tall waterfall.

You'll follow the stream up and it's a pretty easy hike but you'll need to go slow and watch your steps. There are lots of slippery bits, branches sticking out that like to grab feet, and so on. Along the way the trail will have you crossing the river a few times. In most cases this is fairly easy but it can still be really slippery so go slow, hold onto trees and boulders when possible. The river should just be a few inches deep and slow moving but if it's deep or fast moving you probably shouldn't be here. Be sure to read all about Hiking Safety & Essentials and the very real threat that is a Flash Flood.

The path is usually easy to follow and hugs the stream the entire way up. When you get close you'll see some smaller falls that are a few feet tall, and then you'll see some large rocks that you have to climb up. For many, this won't be too bad at all and the main falls will be there waiting for you at the top.

Once at the top there are many boulders to rest on and take in the views. Anytime you see a waterfall, never get up close to it and never try to stand under it. Lulumahu Falls is a great example of why waterfalls can be really dangerous. See all of the rocks and boulders right under and around where the falls splash down? Those get there by falling down from above. It doesn't take a big rock to seriously injure or kill you so just keep your distance. When you're done the way out is the same as the way in.