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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Hike to Oahu's Manoa Falls

A short hike to the base of Manoa Falls, passing through movie scene locations from Jurassic Park and Lost

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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.9 miles / 1.4 km
Duration: 1 hour or less
Overview: This short hike will take you to 100ft Manoa Falls. The trail can be quite muddy, so make sure to wear proper shoes (you will be sorry if you wear flip flops, because your toes will easily slip around once they get muddy.

Several scenes from the TV show LOST were filmed here, as was parts of Jurassic Park (you can see posters in the building with bathrooms and food service).

Unfortunately, you cannot swim in the pool at the base of the waterfall, but the view alone justifies the easy hike.

Tips: Parking costs $5 at the parking lot, or you can take the #5 bus which stops just before the entrance, on the residential streets. You can also park on the residential streets and walk about 1/4 a mile in.

Points of Interest



You can park in the parking lot, or take the #5 bus to the Arboretum and Manoa Falls trailhead.


Start your hike here past the sign to Manoa Falls. You gain a little elevation as you walk to the base and may feel as if you are on the set of Jurassic Park, which was filmed in this area.

Base of Manoa Falls

You are now at the base of Manoa Falls. You are not supposed to swim in the pool or go past the signs. If you wish for a longer hike, you can find a trail going uphill a little ways back along the trail. This trail eventually reaches the ridge, where you will have views to the eastern side of the island.
Pictures in this guide taken by: chris
Although beautiful this hike is not beginner for everyone. Perhaps for regular 'fit' hikers it is, but not for everyone. It is basically steady uphill for half an hour on a variety of paths and stairs. Not extremely difficult but a certain fitness level is certainly required.

Also I would check the the weather from the prior week. We were there during a mini drought and the falls wasn't much more than a trickle.

Visited on Jan 31, 2015

by artberton on Feb 23, 2015
This hike is a very "beginner" type hike. But like Kristopher said, don't hike in Slippers or flip-flops. Slippers or flip-flops are never a good idea when hiking in Hawaii because of the weather and muddy trails. Although shoes are required, I did see many older and out-of-shape hikers at Manoa Falls. There is an extremely advanced hike if you adventure up manoa falls on the left side. I write about similar adventures on the island here:
Visited on Apr 30, 2014

by captaincrunches on Jul 24, 2014
Great hike overall through a beautiful area. Quite the quintessential Hawaiian hike. Recommendations: BE PREPARED. This is not a paved path; although the beginning is just gravel it gets much more challenging. I am a very experienced hiker and very athletic (so I found it to be only mildly challenging), but many people along the way were unprepared. Tons of people were in flip-flops (slippers as they are called in Hawaii) and many people with really young children. They were all having a hard go at it. There are several areas that are very muddy, very slippery and some with steps/muddy-mounds to traverse with heights of 18 to 30 inches. So be prepared. Parking at the residential area at the bottom and walking up is definitely the way to go! Walk three-tenths of a mile and save yourself 5 bucks. Mahalo!
Visited on Mar 25, 2012

by on Mar 29, 2012

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