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Maunawili Falls

Hawaii > Oahu > Windward
Length2.5 mi
Elev. Gain300 ft
Difficulty2 / 5
Rating7 / 10
The Maunawili Falls hike is an extremely popular hike in the island, especially because it is easy to navigate and allows for a number of beautiful spots, including the 20-foot water fall that merges into a deep and alluring swimming hole.

The trail is well maintained, and has a number of visitors. You should follow a trail that cuts through the grove soon after you start from the trailhead. You will soon come across a quick flowing stream, which you should be able to cross with the help of some boulders across the stream. Keep hiking through the trail till you come across the next stream intersection. A large banyan tree should mark this area.

Follow the trail to the right and you will come across another crossing and then take a left. After walking uphill for sometime, follow the path away from the stream. After climbing some steep man-made steps, you will come across a viewpoint from where you can see Mount Olomana. Take the right trail after the next intersection, as a lot of hikers lose their way here.

Soon, you will come across the fall - a 20 foot cataract. Take the same path back, just mark your path well, as the return trail can get a bit confusing.

Best time to go
Throughout the year - 2 to 4 pm


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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
21° 21.536' N
157° 45.807' W

Driving Directions:
Take the Pali Highway exit on Highway 1 and after passing the Auloa Road, take the second right. Take a left on the Maunawili Road and follow it to the end. The trail is on the left of the road.
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Weather Report for Kailua, HI
Mostly cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 67 to 72. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Temperature: 70.4° F
Relative Humidity: 87%
Pressure: 29.89"
Dew Point: 66.3° F

Winds from the ENE at 5.0 mph gusting to 7.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.14"

Sunrise: 6:56 AM
Sunset: 6:32 PM
Weather reported from Hawaii Loa Ridge, Honolulu, HI (KHIHONOL14)
Partly sunny with scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 74 to 81. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Lows 68 to 73. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Partly sunny with scattered showers. Highs 74 to 81. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 69 to 74. East winds around 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 2/22/2018 6:54 PM
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