Manoa Falls

Manoa Falls Oahu

Manoa Falls has to be one of the most fascinating waterfalls on Oahu to be seen!  Cascading 150 feet down the mountainside, it will seem more like 1000 feet as you stare up at the endless water falling down the rocks.  Not many Oahu waterfalls are easy to travel to, that can also deliver such an impressive show!


The hike to Manoa Falls is both beautiful and adventurous!

Manoa Falls Hike


This Oahu hike is located on one of the better- maintained mountain Oahu trails which starts at the bottom of the old Paradise Park building at the top of Manoa Road. 

This is where tourist buses used to bring visitors to eat lunch, as they bird watch through the rain forest below, and all the way across the canyon towards the Ko'olau Mountians.



Manoa Falls



You’ll quickly come upon a trail sign leading to a gate above an unattended facility parking lot.  I would recommend parking in the residential area where it tends to be a little safer to leave your car, and walk up an extra quarter mile.

Manoa Falls - Oahu Hike


Manoa Falls

From the Manoa Falls trail sign, you’ll start your journey across a bridge, and slowly hike up along the sides of the deep rainforest valley. 

The views are breathtaking!  As eager as you might be to reach the falls, be sure to take the time to enjoy the surroundings along the way!  There are lots of interesting finds along the "jungle" trail on this Oahu hike.

Manoa Falls Hike

The trail tends to be a bit muddy as it rains a lot in this region.  In fact Manoa Valley receives the most rainfall on Oahu.  You might want to consider bringing a light waterproof jacket or windbreaker along for the hike.

Manoa Falls Trail



There is a good amount of gravel for the first part of the trail, so make sure to wear the right shoes, and watch your footing on the slippery rocks.

You will also have  to watch out for tree roots that have encroached on the trails.  That being said, this is one of the better-maintained trails that has been terraced along the way and cleared of most debris.



Manoa Falls Hike




The last 100 yards tend to be more of a challenge, as it will involve climbing up and over large boulders to finally reach Manoa Falls.

Although this involves extra effort, it is manageable, even for most kids.

Manoa Falls Plants





You’ll also find parts of the path canopied with guava, eucalyptus, banyan trees, and lots of tall bamboo. Hillside wildflowers can easily be spotted, along with large patches of beautiful ginger.




If you feel like you’re on a Jurassic Park trail, well that’s because you are.  Some of the 1993 wild jungle scenes were shot right in this area.  More recently, the TV series, Lost, also took advantage of filming in this mysterious tropical terrain.

Manoa Falls Valley

Manoa Falls



This Oahu hike should take you about a half hour to reach the waterfall.
..if conditions are good, and it's not that muddy!  This is a quick rewarding hike that rewards you with the most amazing waterfalls on Oahu! 

Can you swim at this waterfall?  Back in the day you could…there was a nice pool that everyone could play around and swim in at the base of the waterfall.




Unfortunately a large rock slide in 2002 littered the grounds with large rocks and boulders that now make it dangerous to enter the water and maneuver around in it.

Getting to Manoa Falls from Waikiki


Manoa Falls Ginger

By Car

Manoa Falls Sign


Follow Kapahulu St out of Waikiki up to the H-1 Freeway
Take H-1 West towards the Airport
Take the Punahoe Exit
Follow Punahoe Rd up towards the mountains
Punahoe Rd turns into Manoa Rd
Follow Manoa Rd all the way up to the top

You might want to consider parking in the residential neighborhood, just below the old Paradise Park facility, and walking up to the gate where the road ends and the Na Ala Hele Manoa Falls trail begins.


Manoa Falls Map


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By Oahu Bus

Manoa Falls Bus


Take the #5 Manoa Route Bus from the Ala Moana Shopping Center (most Waikiki buses stop by this center), to the last bus stop up Manoa Road.  This is about where you would park your vehicle, and walk up the remaining road to the trail starting point.  Ask your bus driver to notify you where to get off…

Facilities


Manoa Falls Store


  • You will find a restroom just beyond the entrance gate
  • The old Paradise Park building is open with access to public restrooms, water fountains, and a gift shop where you can grab a bit to eat as well.
  • The University of Hawaii Lyon Arboretum, which is located on a road above Paradise Park, also has parking, limited facilities and additional grounds and trails worth exploring.  They even have access to a smaller 20 foot waterfall in their area.

Recommend for the hike

Manoa Falls Trail



  • Good hiking shoes
  • A light hooded rain jacket
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Bottled water and a light snack
  • Consider bringing up a light lunch or snacks
  • Camera with a waterproof case
  • A pair of shorts, shirt and flip flops to change into after your hike
  • A plastic bag to put wet or muddy clothes and shoes into after hike

Plans after visiting Manoa Falls


Goma Tei Ramen

Traveling back down Manoa Valley, you could literally drive straight to the Ala Moana Shopping Center, where you could remain casual in your hiking gear, and grab a bite to eat at the Makai Market.  If you need something to warm you up, check out Goma Tei for the best bowl of ramen.


Waiola Shave Ice


If you decide to head back to Waikiki through Kapahulu Ave, treat yourself to some of the best treats found on the island.  Leonard’s Bakery is right off the freeway, and known for their fresh hot malasadas!  Need something a little more refreshing on the chill side?  How about a sweet snowcone from Waiola Shave Ice…!


Ala Moana Beach


Head to a beach just outside Waikiki!  You’re already en route, so why not explore one of the neighboring local beaches such as Ala Moana Beach Park, or Diamond Head Beach.  I couldn’t think of a better way to end a hike than changing into your swimming trunks and jumping into the refreshing ocean!


Aloha & Enjoy!!


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