This fall takes me back to my high school years! I remember hiking this waterfall with an old high school friend. I would also take my mainland friends visiting me to this spot.
Surprised I was! Back then, it didn’t have a snack shop, paid parking, or the restaurant.
Personally, I love the snack shop. The second time we did this hike, we treated ourselves to shave ice.
May 2017, moving back home with my kids, the first hike I wanted to do on this island was Manoa Falls. I bought a carrier for my littlest one, bug spray, and we were off!
Level of difficulty
I would say……. kid friendly! My seven-year-old did well on the hike (after 10 min of complaining, of course). Took us an hour and twenty minutes to complete the hike, up and down with a 5 min rest at the top. The trail is easy to follow.
What to bring
Don’t need sunblock because the hike overall is shady. You’ll need bug spray and a lot of it! Water. Cash for the $5.00 parking fee. They do NOT accept credit card. There is an ATM in the snack shop inside. It can be slippery after rainfall so is sure to wear the appropriate shoes.
How to get there
TRAIL: Manoa Falls Trail
LENGTH: 1.6 miles round trip
HOW TO GET THERE: Take McCully Street out of Waikiki and turn right onto Kapiolani Boulevard. Turn left at University Avenue. Follow University Avenue as it turns into Oahu Avenue. At a five-point intersection, veer right onto Manoa Road. After passing Waakaua Street, find free parking along the final residential stretch of the street. It’s a .4 mile walk to the trailhead. Otherwise, continue driving along Manoa Road and follow the signs for $5 parking on the right-hand side. After parking, continue following the road toward the mountain. At a fork, veer right toward a fence with signs marking the Manoa Falls trailhead.
*Directions Taken from https://www.hawaii.com/oahu/things-to-do/hiking/manoa-falls-trail/*