When the first Polynesians arrived on Oahu, Hawaii, it was mainly forest. Most people who don’t live in Hawaii or who haven’t visited don’t realize that there is still tropical rainforest on Oahu. The forest of Oahu is full of eucalyptus trees, Koa hardwoods, Norfolk pine trees, banana trees, ginger, coffee shrubs, and so much more. The Manoa Falls hike is a remarkable hike that lets you explore a part of this rainforest.
Why You Will Love Manoa Falls
The hike to Manoa Falls is lush and full of life.
flowers fall to the ground whispering their scent into your ears
birds give their songs to the sky
eucalyptus opens your mind to the day
Cascading water guides you as you walk
reminding you to flow easily through this life that you have been given
Mysterious groves of bamboo beckon you into conversation as the wind glides through
you remember to sway when changes blow through your life
to bend and not break
Ethereal light shines through the darkness
reminding you that you are never alone
You are connected to everything
And everything is connected to you
A few notes about Manoa Falls:
Go early in the morning (before 8 AM) and you will mostly have the trail to yourself.
Manoa Falls is an easy hike (nothing like the world’s most dangerous hike!), great for families, and dogs. The hike is just under a mile, and will take about an hour round trip.
Wear mosquito spray, and clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy. This is a rainforest, so there is mud.
Parking in the parking lot is $5, or you can park in the neighborhood and hike a little further to the trail. For directions, go here.
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This would be a dream hike! The bamboo…the light…the waterfall. So much energy to absorb!
It is, Elena!
Looks like an amazing place. Very idyllic and must be a great place to unwind and forget the stress of the every day chores. Simply disconnect and enjoy the natures beauty.
Yes, it’s really a perfect spot!
Looks like a fabulous outing! That flower is crazy–any idea what it is called? I’m not sure I’ve seen it before.
Yes, Shelly, it’s a banana blossom!
This place is so beautiful. I’ve never heard of it before, but if I’m ever in Hawaii…
Oh this makes me miss Hawaii so much! I absolutely love walking along the waterfalls, and all the beautiful plants. Time to go back, I think!
Yes, come visit! I’d love to meet you!!
Beautiful!! It’s SO lush…
Oh how fun! We did this hike with our kids a few years ago, but my pictures didn’t come out nearly so well, Your photos are absolutely stunning!
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Not sure about now, but in 2007 the falls were barely flowing and it was cut off from people by an ugly rusty chain link fence.
Was a terrible experience. Is it still fenced in 2018??
No, it looks just like my photos do….