Maunawili Falls Trail
ElevationAscent: 325' 99 m
Descent: -324' -99 m
High: 444' 135 m
Low: 192' 59 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“A trail rises through the jungle toward a waterfall featuring cliff jumping and swimming.”— Jay Gurney
The trail follows a paved road for 100 yards before a sign directs you right to the falls. From here the trail assumes a more rugged aspect, inclining upward through a dense jungle. Mangoes fall from tree leaves, scattering the path. Birds call from places unseen. It can be slippery, but much of the mud can be avoided through rock hopping and tree root balancing.
After a half mile, the trail swings next to Maunawili Stream which can be crossed safely and dryly through a succession of rock hops. From here, the trail inclines still steeper and becomes a real thigh burner. After another half mile, a brief exposure offers views of the precipitous Oahu steeps. Turn left, downhill, southeast, at an unmarked junction shortly after this exposure. Cross the stream twice before the waterfall shows itself around a turn in the river. Yells and splashes may reveal its proximity before it becomes visible. Cliff jumping options abound, swimming is encouraged.
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Land Manager: Hawaii - Department of Land and Natural Resources