Maunawili Falls is a great hike for people of all ages. There's a beautiful variety of plant life and the trail goes in and out of the canopy to offer some great views of the mountain range. The trail is easy to follow and most people can hike it in 30 to 45 minutes. At the waterfall you will find a deep pool and ledges for cliff jumping.|
The hike is located near Kaneohe on the Windward side of the island. To reach it, travel South on Kam highway and head through Kaneohe until you reach the Pali highway (about 23.8 miles from Laie). Turn left on the Pali Hwy, also know as Kalanianaole Hwy, and then take your first right (after about 1.2 miles). The road will split very shortly after you get on it. Keep to the left and then continue down the road for about 1.4 miles. The road will become quite narrow toward then end and then open up into a little residential neighborhood. As you enter the area you will see a gate and some signs (see photo below) and you will then need to park along the curb in the neighborhood somewhere.
The hike begins at the gate and, after 3 or 4 minutes of walking down the pavement, you should come to some signs and a trail that heads into the jungle. The signs give a brief overview of the trail and waterfall which is 1.3 miles from that point. The trail is easy to follow from there and does not split except toward the end of the trail up on the ridge. At that point you will come to a bench (see photo below at the right) where one trail continues up the ridge and another goes down toward the stream. You will want to take the left trail down the ridge and as you get to the bottom you may see the trail split again. Stick to the left trail near the stream and you will soon find the waterfall.
Gate at trail head. Park near hear, but do not block the road to the gate.
|Trail starts here off to the right of the pavement.
||On the ridge top where the bench is, take the trail to the left that goes down the ridge.|
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