Waimea Falls is located in Haleiwa and 2 miles to the waterfall and back. This hike is very easy and relaxing. You will first come to a gift shop and small concession area. The trail is paved and leads you through a lush tropical jungle and beautiful botanical garden. Take your time getting to the waterfall. The plants are all unique and labeled.
There are several historical structures as well. Each structure has an informational plaque that tells the history and what each was used for. Walking through should only take 20-30 minutes. There is another concession area and bathroom before you reach the falls. Take all the time you want when you reach the end. There are lifeguards on duty and life jackets for those who want to venture to the falls.
A wonderful view of the Ko’olau range
The trailhead is located in a residential area off Maunawili Road. Be respectful and park away from the trailhead and driveways. Try not to be loud and please do not leave trash.
Maunawili Falls trail is about a 3 mile hike and usually muddy. A good walking stick will help in the rough spots. Weekends are usually packed with hiking traffic. Following the trail, you will have to cross a shallow stream and climb uphill. There will be stairs that seem to go on forever, but I promise they don’t! When crossing in the streams, just walk in the water. The rocks can be real slippery and the cool water will feel awesome!
The last set of stairs you will come to go straight down. You can hear the water on the way down. The waterfall is absolutely beautiful! There is a decent size pool at the bottom and 3 jumping spots. Like I said, weekends will be crowded. It’s a gorgeous hike though and definitely worth it!
A crowded weekend day at Maunawili!