Oahu, Hawaii

Maunawili Falls Trail

December 23, 2003

An easy to moderate trail about 1 ½ miles through forest and several small stream crossings. The final destination is a small waterfall flowing into a deep, natural pool.

The trail begins here and winds upward along a path embedded with wooden railroad ties which serve as stairs.

A sign along the side of Maunawili Road points in the direction of the trailhead. The trailhead begins at the end of Maunawili Road just past a gate which is blocked to traffic.

The path is muddy in many places, although the stream crossings are fairly easy due to some rocks that have been laid across the stream beds. I managed to stay fairly dry by balancing my way across.

The stairways are fairly short, and not strenuous.

Final Destination -- Maunawili Falls

That's me diving off the edge--->


From Waikiki: Travel west on H-1 and take the Pali exit. Take the Pali Highway over the mountains and turn right onto `Auloa Road a short distance past the Kamehameha Hwy. At the fork in the road on `Auloa Road stay to the left, which is Maunawili Road. Stay on this road until it ends and look for a locked gate. A small sign just beyond the gate on the right marks the trailhead.

Useful Information:
  • Easy 1 ½ mile hike along a well-worn path
  • Wear proper footwear - the path may be slippery and muddy
  • Bring water - there are no facilities along the trail
  • Use mosquito repellent
  • Do not leave valuables in car

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