Na Ala Hele Manoa Falls Trailhead

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Take a hike through the lush Hawaiian rainforest to discover a wealth of flora and Oahu’s most impressive waterfall.

Stand at the bottom of Manoa Falls and enjoy the feeling of the spray cooling your face after your hike. Just as impressive as the water tumbling down the sheer rock face is the vast number of plants and ecosystems you pass by as you make your way to the falls. Some of the species here are found nowhere else on earth.

Manoa Falls is the tallest accessible waterfall on Oahu. Water tumbles 150 feet (45 meters) down a vertical rock face into a small circular pool. The spectacular scenery and prehistoric feel of the area led the makers of the Hollywood movie Jurassic Park and the Lost television series to use it as a filming location. It’s more commonly a favorite destination for hikers, who come to experience Oahu’s easily accessible wilderness.

Take note of the subtle changes in plant life as you make your way up the trail. See giant ferns, palms and numerous other rainforest species. You’ll hear the sound of churning waters long before you reach the waterfall. Try and visit after heavy rain, when the cascade is at its most spectacular. Once there simply stand back and admire nature in all her glory. Line up a photo or find a clearing to stop for lunch. Follow the trail that continues up to the ridge for sweeping views across the North Shore.

The Manoa Falls trail is a 2-mile (3-kilometer) round trip. The walk there and back will take around two hours. Allow longer to stop and admire the falls. Sturdy footwear is advised as the path can get quite muddy, and make sure you wear bug repellent as the damp climate is perfect for mosquitoes. If you’re not confident doing the walk alone then some companies offer guided trips. These can be good if you want to find out more about the history of the falls and the ecology around you.

Manoa Falls are free to access and the path is open year-round. You can park for a small charge at the foot of the falls or take a bus from central Honolulu.

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Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is $235 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
Nestled on the beach, this Waikiki resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Waikiki Beach, Honolulu Zoo, and Ala Moana Center. Diamond Head and Na Ala Hele Manoa Falls ...
4/5 Very Good! (5,393 reviews)
"Beautiful ocean front property that has everything you need! Many choices of restaurants, shopping and of course ocean views, as well as Diamond head views. Plenty of water activities with the swimming pools, the lagoon and the ocean. The staff are helpful. I am ready to go back!"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

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Paradise Studio in Manoa Hawaii
Paradise Studio in Manoa Hawaii
Honolulu, HI
Located in Manoa, this romantic apartment building is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from University of Hawaii at Manoa and within 6 mi (10 km) of Hawaii Convention Center ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (12 reviews)
Quaint studio atop manoa with pleasant view.
"Great for family vacation. We were visiting from big island to have a baby, Neil and his family were very great hosts. View very nice. Great neighborhood for morning walks. Check in and out very simple. Parking right outside the door. Our experience here is appreciated."

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

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Paradise Studio in Manoa Hawaii
Serene Manoa Valley Home w/ Tropical Mtn. Views!
Serene Manoa Valley Home w/ Tropical Mtn. Views!
Honolulu, HI
Located in Manoa, this vacation home is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from University of Hawaii at Manoa and within 3 mi (5 km) of Na Ala Hele Manoa Falls Trailhead and Chaminade ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (13 reviews)
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"It's everything I thought and more. Rainbows off the back porch, bird and butterfly life, five minute drive to the falls and Ryan reserve, 10 minute drive to Waikiki and parks, an hour to the Banzai pipe line, a lot of Jurassic park scenes and plenty of shopping for my wife. Its been a great time ..."

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020

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Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach
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3.5 out of 5
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The price is $135 per night from Nov 6 to Nov 6
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4 out of 5
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The price is $235 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
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3.5 out of 5
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The price is $159 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
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Manoa Valley A 2BR/1bath downstairs duplex
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Manoa Valley A 2BR with ocean and mountain views
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Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is $295 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
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