Waimano Falls and Pools – Manana Trail
Chad and I found out about this waterfall hike through a friend that is located in Pearl City – The Mañana Trail – which is pretty close to us so we decided to check it out. The Mañana trail leads you to this beautiful two-tiered waterfall – Waimano Falls and Pools – that has a couple of swimming holes and ropes for you to jump in with.
Getting To The Falls
The beginning of the trail starts in a neighborhood so when we got there we had to park kind of far down the street because there was no parking left leading up to the trail.
The trail started as a sidewalk and then turned into a dirt path that we followed for a mile or so. It then turned into this extremely muddy and slippery hike down the side of the mountain with very little room for two people to walk side by side. We had to move over or find a spot to stop at it if there were people going the opposite direction as us.
Once that was over, the trail turned into this giant path going straight down the mountain and it was covered in tree roots. It looked something like this:
After we finished going down the steep mountain full of tree branches, we had to go even more down the mountain where the path then turned into a slippery, muddy and rocky trail. While on this part of the path we came across we came across the option of going straight or right . . . we decided to go straight as it looked like the other path led to the same spot (which it did – it doesn’t matter which way you go here).
Chad and I went straight going down but on the way up we went left (it will be right if you are going down) and we found it to be much easier.
Then we walked and walked and walked along the muddy, slippery and rocky path until we came to a fork in the road where you can either go left or right. Go LEFT! We went right and this path is much worse (in my opinion) than going left; it took longer and there was a part where the path turned into an almost nonexistent path through these bushes that were brushing right up against me. I did not like that part at all.
We figured out that going left will cut across all the flat land and take towards the top of the falls a bit (everyone was going this way) and going right will take you even more down the mountain and will eventually lead you to the bottom of the falls.
After some more walking, we finally got to the falls and it all became worth it! It was a really beautiful spot, I only wish we would have gone all the way to the top!
We ventured to the upper swimming hole to check that out (I recommend climbing up the small waterfall for that – it is much easier and faster than climbing along the rocks), jumped off the cliff into the smaller swimming hole and watched these kids swing off the rope into the waterfall. It didn’t look like it but that water was deep at the smaller swimming hole.
Leaving The Falls
While we were hanging out I noticed a lot of people leaving by going up the side of the cliff instead of the way we came, which was on the bottom, so we decided to leave that way too.
It definitely cut off time to the hike and brought us to the fork in the trail where we should have turned left.
To me, this hike was challenging going back up because it was pretty steep at times; I had to use my hands to push me up some of the rocks. There are ropes you can use all along this trail but I found myself using the branches more often.
I had to take some breaks going back up because it was getting pretty exhausting (I am also not in the greatest of shape so I am sure that had something to do with it) so I was pretty happy once we made it all the way to the top of the mountain.
Following the path back to the neighborhood seemed like it was never going to end so I am not sure how long this part is – but we really wanted it to end from how tired we were.
To be honest, I was getting pretty mad during that hike saying I hated it and would never do it again but that may be because I was wearing my chacos and not closed toed shoes and I kept stubbing my toes on rocks and roots. I like to wear my chacos when I know we are getting into water but if we hike this trail again I am definitely wearing closed toed shoes!
As I mentioned above, when you come to the fork in the path where you’re only option is to go left or right, GO LEFT! For this hike, I would bring a pair of shoes to change into and water to rinse your feet off with because they will get muddy! Be cautious for this is a slippery hike and it can get pretty steep going down to the falls.
- Wear bathing suit
- Change of shoes
- Water to rinse off with
- Bug spray
Have you hiked this trail before? Do you know about other waterfall hikes on the island? Have more questions about this hike? Comment below!