The parking lot at the bottom of the trail has a small fee which cost $5. Wear old pair of shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty or even throwing away. The path can be extremely muddy. On that note, bring slippers/flip-flops (or even extra shoes) to change into after the hike. Also, PRO TIP: BRING BUG SPRAY!

The trail is great for beginning hikers – it is not too long, a straight forward path, and is well protected with shade. With Manoa Valley being one of the wettest places on the island, be prepared for rain. Bring rain gear, protect your items appropriately, and always be conscientious of flash floods. The plus side to the rain is an abundant waterfall!

When hiking to waterfalls in Hawaii, please be aware of the bacterial disease ‘Leptospirosis’, more info here:

The epicness of nature on display in the backdrop as Landon enjoys the walk.







The scenery of the rainforest makes Manoa Falls a unique and beautiful adventure. We were a bit disappointed with the flow of the water, as you can see in the picture, it wasn’t as abundant when you think of a waterfall. The best time to hike Manoa Falls is during the winter season or at least when it rains. I wouldn’t suggest going while it’s raining, go the day after. It took us about an hour and half to get to the falls because we kept stopping to take pictures. I love the tropical and exotic feel this hike provides more than others. Manoa falls is definitely a great hike for families!

Manoa Falls Trail
3860 Manoa Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96822


We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
– Jawaharlal Nehru

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