Maunawili Falls is by far the most beautiful waterfall hike I have done on Oahu so far. Click the image to read more about this gorgeous hike! | @acrookedlife | Oahu Life | Oahu Waterfalls |

Hiking The Maunawili Falls Trail

Maunawili Falls is by far the most beautiful waterfall hike I have done on Oahu so far. Click the image to read more about this gorgeous hike! | @acrookedlife | Oahu Life | Oahu Waterfalls |

I hiked the Maunawili Falls Trail with my friend Chelsea (who took our one year anniversary photos) this past Friday and it is by far the most beautiful waterfall I have seen on Oahu so far!

The Maunawili Falls is an awesome hike so I definitely wanted to share it with you all!

Scroll down to read our hiking experience and what you should know about the Maunawili Falls trail!

About The Maunawili Falls Trail

The Maunawili Falls is a 3 mile hike in total. It’s about a mile and a half hike to the Maunawili Falls and then another mile and a half back. The Maunawili Falls Trail is not a loop so you will hike back the same way you came.

The Maunawili Falls trail is in a neighborhood so be respectful when walking to/from your car and be mindful of where you park. The trail head is blocked off by a gate that you can just walk around. Shortly after passing that gate you will come to a point where you can either turn right or go straight. There are signs that say no trespassing if you go straight so do not go that way. The Maunawili Falls trail is to the right where you will see a bunch of sign posts.

The trail can be a little confusing at times but remember to follow the stream. There will be white arrows and/or dots on trees and rocks – follow those. You will cross the stream about three times to get to the Maunawili Falls.

There are some pretty steep parts to the Maunawili Falls trail that will definitely get your heart rate up so bring water to keep you hydrated. Like any waterfall hike on the island, this is a pretty muddy hike so save yourself the trouble and do not wear some nice outfit that will look good for pictures . . . Wear an outfit that you don’t care about possibly get muddy and wear sneakers. Definitely do not wear flip-flops on this hike.

Below are some pictures I took during the hike:

Maunawili Falls is by far the most beautiful waterfall hike I have done on Oahu so far. Click the image to read more about this gorgeous hike! | @acrookedlife | Oahu Life | Oahu Waterfalls |
There are arrows and white dots along the path like this that you are supposed to follow
Maunawili Falls is by far the most beautiful waterfall hike I have done on Oahu so far. Click the image to read more about this gorgeous hike! | @acrookedlife | Oahu Life | Oahu Waterfalls |
There are stairs like this throughout the hike
Maunawili Falls is by far the most beautiful waterfall hike I have done on Oahu so far. Click the image to read more about this gorgeous hike! | @acrookedlife | Oahu Life | Oahu Waterfalls |
Views of Kailua/Marine Corp Base
Maunawili Falls is by far the most beautiful waterfall hike I have done on Oahu so far. Click the image to read more about this gorgeous hike! | @acrookedlife | Oahu Life | Oahu Waterfalls |
Surrounded by the mountain range

Below are some pictures of the Maunawili Falls:

Maunawili Falls is by far the most beautiful waterfall hike I have done on Oahu so far. Click the image to read more about this gorgeous hike! | @acrookedlife | Oahu Life | Oahu Waterfalls |

Maunawili Falls is by far the most beautiful waterfall hike I have done on Oahu so far. Click the image to read more about this gorgeous hike! | @acrookedlife | Oahu Life | Oahu Waterfalls |

Maunawili Falls is by far the most beautiful waterfall hike I have done on Oahu so far. Click the image to read more about this gorgeous hike! | @acrookedlife | Oahu Life | Oahu Waterfalls |

Maunawili Falls is by far the most beautiful waterfall hike I have done on Oahu so far. Click the image to read more about this gorgeous hike! | @acrookedlife | Oahu Life | Oahu Waterfalls |
Apparently you can climb up that rock to the left of the waterfall to see another smaller waterfall

Maunawili Falls is by far the most beautiful waterfall hike I have done on Oahu so far. Click the image to read more about this gorgeous hike! | @acrookedlife | Oahu Life | Oahu Waterfalls |

Maunawili Falls is by far the most beautiful waterfall hike I have done on Oahu so far. Click the image to read more about this gorgeous hike! | @acrookedlife | Oahu Life | Oahu Waterfalls |

Maunawili Falls is by far the most beautiful waterfall hike I have done on Oahu so far. Click the image to read more about this gorgeous hike! | @acrookedlife | Oahu Life | Oahu Waterfalls |

Maunawili Falls is by far the most beautiful waterfall hike I have done on Oahu so far. Click the image to read more about this gorgeous hike! | @acrookedlife | Oahu Life | Oahu Waterfalls |

Maunawili Falls is by far the most beautiful waterfall hike I have done on Oahu so far. Click the image to read more about this gorgeous hike! | @acrookedlife | Oahu Life | Oahu Waterfalls |

Maunawili Falls is by far the most beautiful waterfall hike I have done on Oahu so far. Click the image to read more about this gorgeous hike! | @acrookedlife | Oahu Life | Oahu Waterfalls |

Maunawili Falls is by far the most beautiful waterfall hike I have done on Oahu so far. Click the image to read more about this gorgeous hike! | @acrookedlife | Oahu Life | Oahu Waterfalls |

Maunawili Falls is by far the most beautiful waterfall hike I have done on Oahu so far. Click the image to read more about this gorgeous hike! | @acrookedlife | Oahu Life | Oahu Waterfalls |
Views looking the opposite way of the falls

Maunawili Falls is by far the most beautiful waterfall hike I have done on Oahu so far. Click the image to read more about this gorgeous hike! | @acrookedlife | Oahu Life | Oahu Waterfalls |

Maunawili Falls is by far the most beautiful waterfall hike I have done on Oahu so far. Click the image to read more about this gorgeous hike! | @acrookedlife | Oahu Life | Oahu Waterfalls |

I swear my pictures do not do this waterfall justice! It is so beautiful, definitely one of my favorites!

SOME TIPS for hiking this trail:

BRING BUG SPRAY! Chelsea and I both forgot bug spray and I now have around 26 bug bites . . . If there’s anything you bring on this hike, let it be the bug spray! Also, wear shoes that you don’t care on whether or not they get muddy or wet. You will be crossing the stream a few times and this hike is muddy.

You can wear a bathing suit if you want, most people get in the water at this waterfall. Bring a change of shoes to wear afterwards because chances are, you don’t want to continue wearing your muddy shoes. I brought a giant thing of water to rinse our legs, feet, and hands with afterwards so that’s definitely helpful. I also recommend a towel for after the water and to lay down on your car seats. Sunblock isn’t too necessary for this hike in my opinion. As always, bring some water to stay hydrated.

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PACKING LIST:

  • BUG SPRAY
  • Wear bathing suit
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Water to drink and snacks to eat
  • Water to rinse off with afterwards
  • Towel

And those are my tips for hiking the Maunawili Falls and a little bit about our experience! Cheers!


Have you hiked the Maunawili Falls before? Was this post helpful to you? Do you know of other hikes on the island? Let me know in the comments section down below!

2 comments

  1. Malia

    Haha, I refused to get in the water at this one. It’s crazy that you managed to get a pic when it wasn’t super crowded!

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    1. Danielle Crook

      Yeah we saw that signs about that stuff and read a little bit about it – we decided to not put our heads under the wear! We saw some people swimming in it though. Yeah there was only a small family when we got there and two guys came as we left so we pretty much had it all to ourselves!

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