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Hiking to 150 ft Cascading Manoa Falls

Manoa Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls on Oahu to see!  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.  I love the recently improved hiking trail to this Oahu waterfall. I definitely think it is much easier and more enjoyable to hike now than before the renovation.

The trail traverses through lush jungles that make you feel like dinosaurs would pop out at any point along your route.  And once you reach the waterfall itself, get ready to be awestruck!

Manoa Waterfall is a stunning 150-foot waterfall located in Manoa Valley, Honolulu, Hawaii, surrounded by a lush tropical rainforest. ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒบ It's a popular hiking destination and offers a refreshing pool of water at its base. ๐Ÿž๏ธ It has even been featured in movies and TV shows like Jurassic Park and Lost. ๐ŸŽฅโœจ

Hike Stats

Elevation:    600 Feet

Length:       1.7 Miles Round Trip

Duration:     60 to 90 Minutes (depending on photo stops)

Terrain:        Gradual Climb, Muddy, Rocky, Jurrassic Park-like jungle

Difficulty:     Easy to Medium

Manoa Falls in Oahu, Hawaii is a beautiful 100-foot waterfall nestled in the lush Manoa Valley, surrounded by a tropical rainforest and has been featured in movies and TV shows like Jurassic Park and Lost. ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ’ฆ

Disclaimer โ€“ all Oahu hikes have different challenges and hazards that can be dangerous and may cause injury. Know your fitness and skill level before embarking on any hike.  Stay on trails and obey posted signs. The information on this site is for your reading pleasure only.  Hike at your own risk.

Video of the hike to Manoa Falls

Manoa Falls - The Hike

This Oahu hike recently finished a 2 year major renovation.  There are lots of improvements to the trailhead including adding gravel in some sections to help cross muddy areas, tree stump and boulder removals, a new rock wall surrounding the waterfall viewing area, and a fun shipping container used as a tunnel to pass through.  The hike to Manoa Falls is both beautiful and adventurous!

This Oahu hike is located on one of the better-maintained Oahu trails, which starts at the base of the old Paradise Park structure, located at the top of Manoa Road.

The Manoa Falls Trail is a picturesque hike located in Manoa Valley, Honolulu, offering a lush and verdant tropical rainforest experience and leading to a stunning 100-foot waterfall. ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿž๏ธ๐ŸŒบ

This used to be a place where tour buses would bring visitors to dine and watch birds fly through the rainforest below.  The views travel across the deep Honolulu Watershed canyon with the Ko'olau Mountains in the background.

Manoa Falls is a magnificent 100-foot waterfall nestled within a lush rainforest in Manoa Valley, offering a tranquil and awe-inspiring natural beauty. ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿž๏ธ๐ŸŒŠ

Your hike begins at the easily accessible trailhead, marked by a covered information stand and located just outside the paid parking lot.

Parking costs $7 or you can park for free a quarter mile down the hill in the local neighborhood.

The entrance to the Manoa Falls Trail is marked by a welcoming sign and a well-defined pathway, inviting hikers to embark on a scenic journey through the enchanting rainforest. ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒบ

From the Manoa Falls trail sign, youโ€™ll start your journey across a bridge, and slowly hike up along the sides of the deep rainforest valley.  The trail is just over 3/4 of a mile to reach the waterfall.

The Manoa Falls sign is a clear and informative marker that provides hikers with essential information about the trail, including safety guidelines and directions, ensuring a pleasant and well-guided hiking experience. ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ

The views are breathtaking!  As eager as you might be to reach the waterfall, be sure to take the time to take in the amazingly lush jungle all around you!  Huge vines that appear to strangle the trees trying to reach the sun, layers of gigantic ferns, bamboo groves, and exotic flora are all in full display for awestruck hikers to gawk at.  

The Manoa Falls container tunnel is an intriguing feature along the trail that adds a touch of adventure and curiosity, allowing hikers to pass through a unique tunnel made from large metal containers. ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿšง

The journey starts as you walk through a shipping container that has been converted into a tunnel to walk through.

The Manoa Falls Trail is a scenic and enchanting hiking trail that winds through a lush rainforest, leading to a breathtaking waterfall, offering a serene and rejuvenating outdoor experience. ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿž๏ธ๐ŸŒŠ

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.  There are also disposable plastic rain ponchos available near the entrance.  I recommend grabbing one just in case, as the weather can change quickly on the trail.

The Manoa Falls Muddy Trail is a picturesque hiking trail located in the lush Manoa Valley of Oahu, Hawaii, known for its beautiful scenery and occasional muddy conditions, so wearing proper footwear is recommended. ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿž๏ธ๐Ÿฅพ

There is a good amount of gravel and mud throughout the trail, so make sure to wear the right shoes and watch your footing on the slippery rocks and wooden walking-boards.

The Manoa Falls Trail is a popular and scenic hiking trail in Oahu, Hawaii, known for its lush rainforest, stunning waterfall, and serene atmosphere. ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿž๏ธ๐ŸŒŠ

You will also have  to watch out for occasional tree roots that sometimes encroach 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.

The Manoa Falls Hike steps consist of a series of well-maintained and sturdy stairs that guide hikers through the lush rainforest, providing a convenient and safe ascent to the captivating Manoa Falls. ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒบ

The last 100 yard stretch is a series of graded steps that lead up to this grand Oahu waterfall.

The Manoa Falls hike is adorned with a variety of beautiful tropical flowers, adding vibrant colors and a fragrant aroma to the lush rainforest surroundings. ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒธ

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

If you feel like youโ€™re on a Jurassic Park trail, well thatโ€™s because you are! A few 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.  It almost reminds me of parts of Kualoa Ranch where several movies were filmed.

The Manoa Falls Valley is a picturesque and verdant paradise nestled within the heart of Oahu, offering a serene and breathtaking natural landscape. ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿž๏ธ๐ŸŒบ

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, easy hike that rewards you with one of the most amazing waterfalls on Oahu! 

Manoa Falls is a captivating 100-foot waterfall surrounded by lush greenery, providing a tranquil and awe-inspiring sight for visitors to enjoy. ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿž๏ธ๐ŸŒŠ

Can you swim at this waterfall?  Back in the day, you couldโ€ฆthere was a nice pool that everyone could play around and swim in at the base of the waterfall, but not anymore due to a rockslide that has filled in the swimming hole.

Avoid scaling the walls or climbing to the top of this Oahu waterfall.  It is dangerous and can result in serious injury or worse consequences.

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

Guided Tours to Manoa Falls

guided tour to Manoa Falls is recommended if you don't want to worry about the logistics of finding the starting point and correct trail head.

With a guide, there would be no stress in navigation and figuring out hiking details so you can just enjoy the hike up to this beautiful waterfall.

The Manoa Falls hike is adorned with a variety of tropical flowers, including vibrant blooms such as hibiscus, orchids, and heliconias, adding a burst of color and beauty to the lush rainforest surroundings. ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒธ

Experienced guides also have great knowledge of the abundant variety of flora and fauna along the trail that they will share with you all throughout the hike.

Guides  often have great personalities and love what they do.  They are not only entertaining, but will give you the peace of mind that you will not get lost and they are trained on safety.

Manoa Falls in Hawaii is a captivating natural wonder, featuring a majestic 100-foot waterfall surrounded by lush greenery and offering a serene and enchanting hiking experience. ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿž๏ธ๐ŸŒŠ

Most will come prepared with essential items such as bug spray, sunscreen, water, walking poles, and should be able to let you know how to prepare for the hike ahead of time.

Find out more about Manoa Falls Guided Tour.

Getting to Manoa Falls from Waikiki

By Car

The Manoa Falls steps are a well-maintained staircase that guides hikers through the lush rainforest, providing a convenient and safe path to reach the breathtaking waterfall. ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒŠ

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

There is a paid parking lot at the top, $7 per car or $4 for Kama'aina & Military.  Some folks opt to park 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.

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Manoa Falls Map

By Oahu Bus

The Manoa Falls bus is a convenient transportation option that allows visitors to easily access the trailhead and embark on their hiking adventure to the beautiful waterfall. ๐ŸšŒ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿž๏ธ

Take the #5 Manoa 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 offโ€ฆ

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Here are 3 additional Oahu Waterfalls that you might want to consider hiking to after this one...


The Manoa Falls Shop is a quaint store located near the Manoa Falls hiking trail in Hawaii, offering a variety of souvenirs and refreshments to hikers and visitors.
  • 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

The Manoa Falls Trail is a scenic hiking trail nestled in the lush Manoa Valley of Oahu, Hawaii, offering a tranquil and immersive experience through a tropical rainforest to reach the stunning Manoa Falls. ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿž๏ธ๐ŸŒŠ
  • Good hiking shoes
  • A light hooded rain jacket
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Bottled water and a light snack
  • Consider bringing up a light lunch or snacks
  • Fully charged cell phone
  • 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

Off The Hook Poke

Off The Hook Poke is a popular eatery that serves delicious and fresh poke bowls, offering a delightful blend of flavors and toppings that satisfy seafood lovers. ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿš๐Ÿฅ—

Manoa Valley has a small town with some local shops and restaurants.  Off The Hook is a hole-in-the-wall poke bowl spot that is very popular amongst the community and Hawaiian poke lovers

They have some unique creations with delicious toppings that just might have you returning for more! I know we did!

Ala Moana Shopping Center

Goma Tei is a renowned restaurant known for its flavorful and authentic ramen dishes, offering a comforting and satisfying dining experience for ramen enthusiasts. ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿฅข

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

Waiola Shave Ice is a beloved dessert spot that serves refreshing and flavorful shave ice treats, providing a delightful and cooling experience for those seeking a sweet treat in Hawaii. ๐Ÿง๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿจ

If you decide to head back to Waikiki through Kapahulu Ave, treat yourself to some of the best treats found on the island.  Leonardโ€™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 Waiola Shave Ice tasty treat...

Ala Moana Beach Park

Ala Moana Beach Park is a stunning and expansive beach park in Honolulu, Hawaii, offering a picturesque shoreline, crystal-clear waters, and a variety of recreational activities for visitors to enjoy. ๐Ÿ–๏ธ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒด

Head to a beach just outside Waikiki.  Youโ€™re already in route, so why not explore one of the neighboring local beaches such as Ala Moana Beach Park, or Diamond Head Beach.  

I couldnโ€™t think of a better way to end a hike than changing into your swimming trunks and jumping into the refreshing ocean!

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