Manoa Falls Trail

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Phone (808) 973-9782
Address End of Manoa Road, Honolulu, HI 96822
Relatively easy hike with beautiful, lush vegetation and a nice waterfall at the end.

• General: Cost: Free • General: Photo Opportunity • Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Length: 0-1 Miles • Hiking: Level: Easy
• Hiking: Major Elevation Changes • Hiking: Out & Back Trail • Sightseeing: Great Views • Sightseeing: Waterfalls

The Manoa Falls Trail is a 0.8 mile (one way), out and back style hiking trail in the Honolulu area of O'ahu. In September of 2018 there was a relatively major rock and mud slide here (from heavy rains) that closed the trail for a while. As of October, 2018 the trail is open to the public again.

The Manoa Falls Trail is an easy trail if you want to see a real waterfall. It's easy to get to and located in the middle of Honolulu, past University of Hawaii at Manoa and relatively short. There is an 800 foot elevation gain so it's not easy for everyone.

Also note that it gets very muddy if it's raining or has rained recently so plan on getting messy. We don't recommend the hike if it's wet if you can avoid it. On that note of safety, be sure to also read Hiking Safety & Essentials before heading out. There are tons of mosquitoes on the hike so where some bug spray.

For parking, the main Manoa Falls lot has been closed due to Vehicle Theft In Hawaii. Because, apparently, when theft is a problem we just close parking lots. That's how we deal with that problem! So you can now park nearby in residential neighborhood for free (where it is legal to do so) but you'll still want to be aware of break-ins and never leave valuables in your car. Or, you can park in the Paradise Park lot for a $5 fee (you'll see it on your right before you reach the trail). We also recommend stopping and visiting the Japanese Garden East / West on the way as well, it's quite peaceful.

Along the way you'll find plenty of beautiful plants and flowers on the trail. Dogs are allowed on this trail but must be kept on a leash at all times as hunting dogs may be out with hunters.

When you get to the Manoa Falls at the end be sure you don't swim in here. It's not just the Leptospirosis that might get you but the falls are a known landslide and rockfall area which can hurt or kill you. I know you see a person swimming in the photo above but this person must not be too bright and is not a role model.