Meandering to Manoa Falls

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Many remember Manoa Falls from the movie, Jurassic Park. But although dinosaurs no longer roam here, the hike at the back of the valley is still a popular destination for those eager to see a waterfall. Mind you, it’s not just any waterfall; it’s the tallest and most accessible one on Oahu – at 150 feet.

The beginning of the trial takes hikers through a vast, open space of greenery, with surrounding trees as tall as the falls itself. Close your eyes and imagine the lush forest during a more prehistoric time, when velociraptors and t-rexes rambled throughout the giant ferns and fallen trees. Or…perhaps this is more like a scene from Jurassic Park. Lost fans might even recall seeing this valley on the television series, as it had also been a common location for filming.

The Manoa Falls Trail is a relatively easy 1.6-mile roundtrip hike that leads you through a lush rainforest filled with towering trees, exotic plants, and cascading streams. The trail is well-maintained and paved for most of the way, making it accessible for people of all ages and fitness levels.

The trail can be slippery if it’s been raining, which is often the case in a rainforest. Don’t be fooled, however, by the weather. It could be sunny in Waikiki but rainy in the valley, so it’s best to be prepared. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring a poncho/umbrella and insect repellent. (Mosquitoes love wet weather.)

Overall, the hike is easy but does have slight inclines from time to time. I’d say it’s most challenging on rainy or muddy days because of how slippery the trail may get. There’s a section of the hike that looks like a path of horizontal steps; be extra careful here, as it’s easy to lose your balance. But I can assure you, it’ll be all worth it once you reach the waterfall!

While swimming in the pool is not allowed due to the risk of leptospirosis, you can take a refreshing dip in the stream just a short distance away. There are also several spots along the trail where you can relax and enjoy the scenery.

As you hike, you’ll be surrounded by the sounds of nature, including the chirping of birds and the rushing water of the stream. You may even catch a glimpse of some of the island’s wildlife, such as lizards, geckos, and wild boars.

Once you reach the end of the trail, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of Manoa Falls. The waterfall is truly a sight to behold, cascading down a steep cliff face into a small pool.

ere are some additional details about Manoa Falls:

  • Height: 150 feet
  • Distance: 1.6 miles roundtrip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time: 1-2 hours
  • Parking: Limited parking available at the trailhead. Street parking is also available, but be sure to pay attention to the signs.
  • Amenities: Restrooms are available at the trailhead.

If you’re looking for a beautiful and easy hike on Oahu, Manoa Falls is a great option. It’s a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the natural beauty of Hawaii.

Here are some additional tips for visiting Manoa Falls:

  • Arrive early to avoid the crowds.
  • Wear sturdy shoes, as the trail can be slippery.
  • Bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and watch out for falling rocks.
  • Respect the wildlife and leave no trace.

By following these tips, you can have a safe and enjoyable visit to Manoa Falls.

MANOA FALLS HIKE • 3860 Manoa Rd., Honolulu, HI 96822 • 1.5-miles roundtrip • Difficulty: Easy • Hike with a buddy, water, snacks, cell & flashlight • Parking in lot; $5 (visitor) $3 (locals)

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