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  • laurenbh419
    Santa Cruz, CA12 contributions
    Make sure to make a reservation online prior to your visit if you are a non-resident. They limit the amount of visitors per day which is nice so the trails do not become too crowded. The hike is only 1.5 miles but all uphill, so bring water and wear good shoes. The trail is a combination of paved, packed dirt and stairs. The views at the top are amazing! There are lookouts along the way and at the top to rest at and take pictures. Definitely worth going.
    Written 1 October 2022
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  • Paul S
    San Diego, California382 contributions
    The path is paved with asphalt and about 9' wide from the parking area to the observation platforms at the top. There are several information boards on the path. Rest areas are along the path. No shade, no water, no services. Great views of the ocean, surrounding area and the lighthouse.
    Written 15 August 2022
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  • Chomper07
    Hamilton, New Zealand68 contributions
    This is pretty extreme! We are pretty fit and do a lot of walking (including stairs) but this was very tough. Go early as it’s really hot and you need to take water with you (recommend in a backpack as you need your hands free for some of it). There are some scary parts where you are walking across sleepers which are about a foot and a half apart and there is a drop underneath. Also extremely steep for the last 50-100 metres.
    Written 30 September 2022
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  • chowso
    Gloucester, UK1,174 contributions
    This is a challenging climb. We did it after Koko railway and the lighthouse trail so probably better to do it as your only hike of the day. The views at the top are awesome but it’s too windy to appreciate them for long, plus there’s a lot of grit in the wind. The stairs at the top are the hardest part. You’ll need lots of water - we ran out with about 2/3 of the trip back left to go (only took 500ml each). Also good shoes - lots of trip hazards and potential to slip. Worth doing despite all of that, I only wish we hadn’t done it on the same day as the other trails.
    Written 13 June 2022
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  • Quiles-Cardona
    6 contributions
    This hike isn’t for the faint of heart! Lol it’s very challenging and sometimes dangerous but worth it in the end when you get to the waterfalls and the views. Definitely worth it. 👍🏼
    Written 16 September 2019
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  • Pandy D
    Sydney, Australia886 contributions
    Manoa Falls, Oahu
    You arrive at a carpark and centre which includes a small store. The car park opens at 8am and costs $7. The Manoa Falls Trail is a really scenic walk with untouched bushland. It’s relatively easy although you walk over rocks covered with mud (don’t wear your favourite white shoes), so it can be a little slippery. The trail ends at a small lookout and pool. The day we went the falls were not like the promo photos due to the drought, but still awesome to reach. We did the trail in 45min up, and 30mins back.
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    Written 8 July 2022
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  • snoozermoose
    Boston, MA89 contributions
    This was a nice easy trail through a beautiful forest. You won't get the impressive views of a ridge hike, but you do get lush tropical vegetation and a really tranquil setting. The banyan trees were quite impressive, and we saw wild ginger growing on the ground. A couple of sections had roads that were under construction that we had to navigate around, and make sure to wear bug spray as we were eaten alive by mosquitos at one section.
    Written 6 August 2022
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  • MichiganBy7
    28 contributions
    We were looking for a "good" hike to do. My daughter wanted to hike from the Hilton Hawaiian Village up to the top of Diamond Head. Nice, but a little vanilla. I challenged her to do something a little more challenging. We agreed on the Pali Puka Hike. Problem was we got confused with directions and ended up at the parking lot for the start of the Moanalua Valley Trail Hike. This hike is the "legal" way to gain access to the Stairway to Heaven (Otherwise know as the Haiku Stairs).

    We thought that the hike we were attempting (Paki Palu) was an easy 2.2 miles out and 2.2 miles back. WRONG.

    We were there, so not realizing what lay before us, we started the hike. Very little water, no food, a little candy, cameras and fortunately GOOD hiking boots.

    (Note - If you do this trail, the whole thing is 10-12 miles in length, start no later than 0830 am, have plenty of water, food, good boots and gloves for climbing the last sections).

    The first 2.8 miles is a nice little hike, ANYONE can do it. At the 2.8 mile point you come to a fork in the road, go LEFT. Do NOT go right like we did initially. We went 30 minutes the wrong way, had to double back, this ate up a lot of our daylight.

    Once back at the sign, we went left and immediately all hell breaks loose. The entire climb ascends some 2,600', most of it after the split at 2.8 miles. If it's muddy, it's really tough. Intermittent cloud cover, and rain makes its even more challenging. Since we started out so late, we did not see any other people until we were well into the hike and they were returning. Most being successful, a few tapped out at the rope sections. Every single group however started that from whatever point we met them at, it got a lot steeper from that point on. And it did. It is ABSOLUTELY CRAZY, but exhilarating. People have died on this trail. A lot of the time you have 1.000' vertical drops on both the left and the right of you and the path is only 2' wide. If you don't like heights, don't do this hike.

    Up and up and up we went. our pace slowed dramatically as a result and with 0.9 miles to go, while not having reached any of the most challenging rope sections, my daughter (27), wife (55) and myself (60), decided that we did not have enough daylight left to complete the hike and return down the mountain safely (like it was even safe in the first place). We turned back.

    Phenomenally beautiful photos. Absolutely 10 out of 10 in regards to challenge, adventure, craziness, confidence building etc.

    I am amazed that one of the three of us did not get seriously injured at sometime in our adventure.

    Although we failed, I sort of understand how people must feel, not being able to complete a venture like Everest etc.. initially stating that they would never attempt it again and then the next year, there they are.

    So I guess we'll see.

    There was a 75 year old, purple haired hippy looking dude who supposedly does the thing 5 times a week and completed it over 800 times. He's in great shape and I guess acts as a guide for hire. So there's hope for me I guess.
    Written 15 February 2020
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  • Novtroy
    Mount Pleasant, MI21 contributions
    This is an easy hike and we'll work the trip. The entire trail to the first peak is paved. I found the easiest way to access is just before the preserve enterance Once you reach the first peak you will be impressed by the stunning views. However, continue across the ridge along the ocean for "bonus beauty". Tip: Hike early and snorkel after.
    Written 22 February 2020
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  • AngelitaK
    Inver Grove Heights, MN152 contributions
    We enjoyed this hike, it was a good moderate level hike. Very muddy and you end up walking through the water a few times to get to the falls at the end. It takes a good 75 minutes plus to make it to the falls with the mud, the walk up, and all the tree roots you had to navigate through. If it had just rained, I don't know if we would have done it or continued on. It was dry for a few days so we decided to go and it was still muddy, so we knew if it had rained there def could be some issues with deeper standing water and mud spots that would cover your entire shoe up your leg! All in all, good hike, def recommend it, and bring water! We did bring bug spray and used it, had no issues with bugs at all, not sure if it was the bug spray or not, but we had zero issues with bugs. Good luck and enjoy!
    Written 29 January 2019
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  • snoozermoose
    Boston, MA89 contributions
    This ridge hike is one of my all-time favorite hikes. Moderate-to-hard (with the exception of one short, very steep section with a rope) with beautiful views throughout and an astonishing 360-degree view at the end. I can see how this would be a lot harder if wet so try to pick a dry week. Wear hiking boots and bring plenty of water. We passed a struggling group wearing sandals and sharing a bottle of water between the four of them--not the position you want to be in on this hike. We didn't encounter very many hikers though. Definitely a hidden gem!
    Written 31 July 2022
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  • ttocsttocs
    Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA8,086 contributions
    ...two trails here that are getting mixed up in the reviews. Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail and Kaiwi Shoreline Trail, and I was on both yesterday. They use the same parking, and the big sign off the main road says Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline. Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail is the more traveled, paved one going up to the lighthouse with stunning views - yes you can do it in flip-flops. I wouldn't (again) on Kaiwi Shoreline Trail which is pretty rocky at times; I almost slipped and busted something. Whatever - I veered off the trail when I came to a divide and found a great little beach that was fairly secluded especially being a Saturday: not too many people and only one dog swimming. I think it's called Alan Davis Beach, and here is where you get closest to Pele's Chair - a kinda iconic rock formation. Hey I went a little further this way and found some rocky tidal pools with crystal clear water. This is where I took a dip and washed the funk off from the climb up to Makapu'u Lookout. The water was so relaxing that I kinda felt buzzed from it all, so I didn't finish the rest of the Kaiwi Trail and went back to my car. Coming here was a nice way to spend an afternoon and got some good exercise and maybe even water therapy no less.
    Written 12 May 2019
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  • Bitrate
    Los Angeles, CA5 contributions
    Disappointed that you have no access to the falls so it’s a photo op and that’s it. Very slippery hike in and especially out. Becareful.
    Written 13 July 2019
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  • alalie00
    Virginia17 contributions
    Hiked - 2 women, 2 preteens…
    Preteens weren’t all that excited to be out there. We heard there were facilities - there aren’t…this is actual nature.
    The walking is not for anyone with limited mobility. It was slippery in spots, very uneven footing. But, lovely walk with changed terrain and weather. And the guava on the trail (I hope that is what I was eating) was delicious. 1.3 miles each way. It is near the end that the walk becomes “worth it” for the easily discouraged (my kids) near the end.
    Nice views…
    Written 23 February 2022
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  • Gregory L
    Boston, MA335 contributions
    My wife and I ventured out for this hike from the Hilton Beach Resort in Waikiki. We used the city bus to get to the trail. Once we arrived, we began our hike, with the final destination being the water falls. Jumping off a water fall into a body of water was on my wife’s bucket list of things to do. The trail out to the waterfall was not an easy hike. The trail was muddy, uneven, with lots of different elevation. Once you arrive close to the falls, be prepared to get your shoes wet & dirty. You definitely need to wear some type of footwear, because the stream is very rocky. The climb up to the falls is not that difficult but the rocks are wet & very slippery. The water is very cold and refreshing. Bug spray would be a good thing to have with you and drinking water to keep hydrated. I would recommend this hike for people who are use to taking vigorous hikes. You will be well rewarded. For first time hikers, you can do this but know it’s difficult. Mahalo 🤙
    Written 17 April 2019
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