A hike to Manoa Falls is a tropical rainforest treat to see and hear. The trail wanders along a trickling brook through a thick green forest. It’s almost like hiking through a spa with the sounds of the brook and birds and as you approach the 100-foot waterfall, you hear the water cascading.
The trail to Manoa Falls is only 0.8 miles long (1.6 miles round-trip) and has a gentle slope. Depending on the amount of rain, the trail can be muddy. I felt bad for the folks who were wearing new-looking white, shoes that were covered in muddy stains.
Here’s advice for hiking this trail:
- Wear proper hiking footwear as the trail can be steep, rocky, and muddy at points. We saw a person hiking in flip flops who fell onto ground very hard.
- Wear mosquito repellant.
- Bring water.
- Note that it is not recommended that you swim or drink the water at the creek or waterfall pool as there is a danger for exposure to leptapirosis, a bacteria.
- Observe all trail signs and stay on the marked trail.
- I’d rate the trail difficulty somewhere between easy and intermediate.
To get to the Manoa Falls trail head, drive to the end of Manoa Road. Note that Manoa Road splits into Manoa Road and East Manoa Road, stay to the left on Manoa Road at that split. On this Google map, you’ll see the end of Manoa Road. If you want to find and print online directions, then use the address of the nearby Lyon Arboretum at 3860 Manoa Road in Honolulu.
We chose to park our car in the parking lot just a few steps to the trail head The fee for parking there was $5 and the attendant gave us a trail map and answered our questions. We did try to avoid this fee, but there were tons of no parking signs around.
See all of our photos from this hike.