Manoa Falls is a spectacular 150-foot waterfall accessible by hiking the lush trail of the same name in Honolulu, Hawaii. The journey to this refreshing body of water is worth the effort, offering stunning views all around.

The route to the falls begins at the crossroads of Manoa Rd. and Wa’ akaua St. before continuing on Manoa Rd. After walking through Paradise Park, you will eventually see Harold L. Lyon Arboretum and Aihualama Stream. After travelling rocky paths, you will reach Aihualama Trail, which offers spectacular views of Honolulu and the Manoa Valley, and eventually Manoa Falls.

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Manoa Falls highlights

Once you reach Manoa Falls, it isn’t hard to see why it’s one of the best waterfalls on Oahu. However, when exploring, it is important to remember safety comes first. There is a pool at the bottom of the falls that might look enticing, but it is not a good idea to swim there due to the possibility of being infected with the flu-like condition, Leptospirosis. Instead, enjoy the abundant plants and flowers.

Being aware of the surroundings around Manoa Falls can come in handy, as the trail environment is known for both lush vegetation and possible dangers, such as slippery wet terrain.

Good to know when visiting Manoa Falls

When visiting Manoa Falls and the surrounding park, you should also know about the different amenities in the vicinity, including public bathrooms and water fountains at old Paradise Park. There is also a gift shop and a place to enjoy a quick bite to eat. Visitors to Manoa Falls will also find convenient parking on the road above Paradise Park.

Finally, it is also best to be prepared on your hike out to Manoa Autumn with insect repellent, water, and comfortable shoes for a more pleasant experience. Most of all, enjoy yourself and be mindful of your surroundings.

Manoa Falls

Location: Na Ala Hele, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA

Open: Sunrise to Sunset