Everyone who visits Oahu should have Manoa Falls Hike on their Hawaii vacation bucket list. It is a very popular hike on Oahu for many good reasons like: The trail is only a short drive from Waikiki or Downtown Honolulu, the hike is well maintained, you’ll pass through thick rainforest and bamboo trees, its a good hike for kids, it only takes about an hour, there is free and paid parking, and of course there is an amazing 150ft waterfall.
Great for All Ages
1.6 Miles Round Trip
15 Minutes From Waikiki
Manoa Falls Hiking Trail:
The trial has a lot of foot traffic throughout the day but don’t let that discourage you from doing it, like it did to me for many years. I avoided the hike because I wanted to stay away from the crowds, and after finally giving in I was so disappointed that I waited. The hiking trail through the rainforest is simply amazing, and it’s a plus that it was easy and close by. Besides a few muddy spots here and there, I really enjoyed the dense and thick greenery you find yourself surrounded in.
It’s no wonder that it is the location for several of the scenes of from the hit television show LOST and the movie Jurassic Park. After a few minutes into the hike you’ll forget you’re still in Honolulu because of the drastic change from the busy city to quite lush forest. A huge canopy of trees blocks most of the sunlight from reaching the forest floor. Below the canopy a diverse range of plant species thrive in the humid conditions. Throughout the hike, you can find labels on the plants and trees. These labels will help you to determine their official name, origin and interesting facts.
The trail extends for fifteen minutes, winding alongside a small stream. After weaving through a bamboo arch, beside incredible trees with tangled branches and miniature cascades the trail will finally reach Manoa Falls.
Many tourists enjoy the beaches and coastline of Oahu but forget to explore the hikes and jungle terrain of Oahu. This is a perfect taste of the diversity the island can offer without having to venture too far. Hikers can expect to encounter everything from intricate ferns to giant trees so tall they disappear above the canopy.
The entire hike leads up to a breathtaking waterfall cascading 150 feet down the mountain side. There is nothing more refreshing than standing beneath a waterfall and enjoying the full-force of mother nature.
Manoa Falls is a perfect little hike to do in the morning, leaving the rest of the day free for more fun activities. The hike is free although parking will cost you a few dollars unless you find a spot in the nearby residential area. The Hiking Trail opens at 8am and you should allow 1 hour for the roundtrip adventure.
Where to Park:
When you get to the top of the road near the trail entrance you can find paid parking for a few dollars.
There is Free parking down the street in the residential area, but you will have to walk up the road about 10 minutes to reach the trial.
Best Times To Go:
You’ll want to get there by 8am to get good parking and avoid the crowds.