Manoa Falls

The Ultimate Trail Guide To This Stunning Oahu Waterfall

The Ultimate Manoa Falls Trail Guide To This Stunning Oahu Waterfall

We all know of Oahu’s myriad of dangerous and/or illegal hikes, but lets not forget about the non-life threatening, legal hikes too.

Manoa Falls is one of the legal hikes of Oahu that takes you to a gorgeous 150-foot waterfall nestled in the middle of the Hawaiian jungle.

It’s also one of the shortest and easiest hikes offered in Oahu, making Manoa Falls a very popular adventure for tourists who aren’t keen on doing any illegal and treacherous hikes.

If this sounds like you, then Manoa Falls should be on your list! This short, yet exceedingly rewarding hike through the profusion of Hawaii’s ever so stunning greenery will have you in admiration over Oahu’s unmatched beauty.

Oh and another thing… If you feel as though you’re on a Jurassic Park movie set, it’s because you are!

The Manoa Falls trail was one of the filming locations for ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘Lost’.

We’ve written pretty much everything there is to know about Manoa Falls so keep reading to find out more!

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When To Go?

Manoa Falls trail is by far the most touristy hike we experienced in Oahu, due to being so easily accessible and such an extremely easy hike to complete.

To avoid other tourists as much as possible, try going on a weekday and either early in the morning or later in the afternoon.

Pro Tip
Try to visit Manoa Falls on a day that is cloudy, as this deters lots of people from going and therefore isn’t as busy. (Yay!)

What To Bring?

  • Simple sneakers will suffice – no hiking boots necessary!
  • Don’t bother with swimwear – you’re not meant to swim in the waterfall.
  • Camera (ofcourse)
  • Water!

How Long Does It Take?

It takes around 20-30 minutes to reach Manoa Falls.

It’s a stunning stroll through the forest to get there, so be sure to allow extra time to stop and take photos along the way.

How Difficult Is It?

This really is not a difficult hike at all, and it is suited for just about anyone.

It’s novice degree of difficulty makes it a very popular destination that is pretty much always busy.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a paved road all the way to Manoa Falls, and there are rocks you have to avoid and step over but it’s nothing too demanding or strenuous.

The last few minutes of the hike will be the steepest, but again it’s nothing too difficult to accomplish.

People generally stop once they reach the bottom of the waterfall, but if you’re feeling particularly  adventurous, there is also the option to continue hiking to the top of the waterfall for a different perspective of Manoa Falls!


Pro Tip
The only thing to look out for, is some of the rocks can be slippery so step with caution.

Is It Dangerous?

There aren’t too many hikes in Oahu that are completely safe. Manoa Falls is one of the rare, fairly safe hikes so you don’t have anything to worry about.

It’s safety makes Manoa Falls the perfect place to bring the family, including children for an adventure they will absolutely love!

Unlike the Stairway To Heaven and Three Peaks Hike, there is almost no chance you could take a wrong step and fall to your death.

Pro Tip
DO NOT swim in or drink the waterfall water. It is fresh water and contains harmful Leptospirosis bacteria that you don’t want in your system.

How To Get There?

Location: 3860 Manoa Road Honolulu, Honolulu HI 96822

 Manoa Falls is one of the few hikes in Oahu that is actually legal. Therefore, there is onsite parking which costs $5 for the day.

Once you park in the carpark, there are signs that lead to to the trailhead where you can begin your trek through the stunning scenery of Oahu.

Conveniently located in Honolulu, you will easily find Manoa Falls located right at the end Manoa Road.

If you search Manoa Falls on Google Maps, you will have no problem finding it.

If you don’t have a car, you can take bus number 5 which leaves from Ala Moana Shopping Center. Take this bus all the way to the last stop on Moana Road where you can then take a short walk to the Manoa Falls trailhead to begin your hike.

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