Manoa Falls

Manoa Falls, Honolulu: Hours, Address, Manoa Falls Reviews: 4.5/5

Manoa Falls
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Henry J
Santa Rosa, CA264 contributions
Jan. 2022
I enjoyed the hike and the vegetation. With so much greenery, the air also feels cleaner as well. IMHO, Manoa Falls is so so. Be aware of the hike coming down since the path has a lot of small rocks and pebbles so easy to slip. The slope of the trails and small rocks coming down makes it a bit dangerous as well, so hike slower when coming down.

The hike was 99% shaded so it can be hiked throughout the day.
Written 22 January 2022
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quinnjohn
Suwanee, GA85 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Couples
This was our first activity during our visit to Honolulu and it did not disappoint. Have your camera ready as the foliage and waterfalls are awe-inspiring. This hike took longer than it really needed to due to stopping for countless photo sessions. I am a beginner hiker and I would rate this trail as easy. Especially compared to Diamond Head. You will be sorry if you skip it!
Written 19 January 2022
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wdl
Sunnyvale, CA532 contributions
Aug. 2021
After an unsuccessful attempt to go to Diamond Head, we decided to head further east to Manoa Falls for our morning hike. It is not too far from Waikiki, and if you don't get there too late, you may be able to find parking (which is not the case of Diamond Head).

The hike is moderate and a very good exercise. It can a bit muddy if it rained the day before, but that is the risk of most trails, especially those leading to waterfall. There was not much water on the fall the day we went, but we were there less for the fall and more for the hike. There is some elevation gain, but I consider the hike easy to moderate.

Near the parking lot, there are some trailers selling refreshments and "dole whip" or something that they advertise as dole whip (dole whip is a pineapple soft-serve, which is sold in the Dole Plantation in the North Shore). There is also a restaurant where you can get some refreshments and use the bathroom, and obviously buy souvenirs.

One thing to notice is that, if you have stamina, you can hike all the way up to the Nuanu Pali lookout, which is also accessible via freeway, and that is exactly where we were headed after the falls.

It has really an enjoyable morning for all my family.
Written 8 January 2022
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JAMES W
5 contributions
Dec. 2021
Beautiful to look at, nice exercise. It did rain on us walking up there and back but we had ponchos and didn't mind at all.
Written 28 December 2021
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Rik T
Fredericton, Canada1,201 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Couples
The falls were certainly worth the hike. It's only a 1.6 mile hike to the falls, but if you're carrying a small child, walking a dog, or if you don't like a bit of a climb on a rocky and muddy trail, it might be too much. I did see older people and people carrying infants doing it so just judge for yourself by looking at photos of the trail. The trail varies quite a lot as to what kind of terrain you're walking on.

Along the trail you'll see some pretty crazy trees, streams, a lush tropical forest, and probably a rain shower. The falls are quite nice and the viewing area is pretty close to the falls. There were signs warning to not go right down into the water at the base of the falls but many were doing it anyway.

You can take the number 5 bus to the falls (about 20 minutes from downtown Honolulu) and walk up the trail for free. Parking a car costs less than $10.

There is a building at the base of the trail with washrooms and a place where you can get some food and snacks and drinks. I highly recommend the pineapple whip inside a hollowed out pineapple. It's kinda like sorbet. There's also a snack truck just a tiny bit further up the hill.
Written 26 December 2021
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london057
Dublin, OH375 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Family
This is very hard hike . Another thing I don’t recommend any this for anybody that does not like to hike. Also the path is not good. Lastly, I the water falls are lovely.
Written 26 December 2021
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BnMadven
New York City, NY410 contributions
Nov. 2021
After settling into our hotel room in Waikiki, my partner and I grabbed an Uber to head to Manoa Falls, to continue my tendency to chase waterfalls while on vacation. The Uber drop off is right outside the restroom/cafe area (while you pay for the Uber, you skip the parking fee that you have to pay to park here), and just a little ways off to the start of the trail. It had been drizzling in this part of Honolulu, so the path was a little wet, but lush with all of the greenery. It's a slow but steady hike up to the falls themselves, but you hear the rush of the stream on your right as you get closer. It's a little less than 0.5 miles in and then back out, so budget yourself about 90 minutes overall. You'll have company on the hike there and back with groups hiking faster than you or returning from the falls, but I wouldn't say it was crowded. You hit a bottleneck at the lookout point for the falls, as everyone wants to get a picture there. Though there are signs that warn you from going further, people clambered down to the base of the falls to take a dip. The wet stones didn't make that look inviting to me, but the falls were at a decent flow and from a nice height. The hike back out took a little longer, as the path slopes downwards and was slick from the intermittent drizzle that fell. But definitely worth the effort.
Written 14 December 2021
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Amanda L
Singapore, Singapore5 contributions
Dec. 2021
Did this solo, lots of friendly hikers made the experience better. Because of the lush greenery, it is extremely cooling, you don't get the sun and heat at all (when you exit the trail it's a much different story!)

Hike to the falls is 99% uphill. The path is gravel and was slippery when I went, going down was definitely more dangerous than going uphill because of risk of slipping.

I took about 30 min to get to the top i.e. Manoa Falls.

Views wise, it is all very green and not one of the more scenic hikes I've been on. Still enjoyed myself thoroughly being in nature, it is very tranquil and peaceful.

There is a trail extension from Manoa Falls to Aihualama Trail that takes you to an apparently beautiful lookout after 2.5 km if you fancy something more challenging - it is extremely muddy and wet here and more treacherous e.g. at some point there is water pooling in tree roots which streak across your path which you have to step across by climbing on all fours at some point, the trail is also pretty narrow and you can fall off if not careful. I did not complete the Aihualama Trail.

I washed off the mud with a high pressure hose provided by the park - just ask the Honolulu Pineapple Company people for directions to the washing station. Super thoughtful and I went home clean and happy
Written 14 December 2021
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raketak
california60 contributions
Nov. 2021
It is easy walk to Manoa in comparison to Lulumahu falls. They have great pineapple ice cream and pineapple juice near the parking lot.
Written 30 November 2021
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Melissasavage69
Muskegon, MI8 contributions
Nov. 2021
Very nice area. Path was clean and well kept. if you have a walking stick available - take it - it was very helpful in the areas of loose gravel. There hadn't been much rain when we visited, so the waterfall wasn't large but still impressive
Written 16 November 2021
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