Manoa Falls


About Manoa Falls


Tucked into the leeward slopes of the Koolau Mountains is the majestic Manoa Falls. Fed by the tropical showers riding on Hawaiis trade winds, the Manoa Valley gets rain almost every day of the year. Frequent precipitation in the area causes the vegetation to flourish, and people commonly describe the hike leading up to the falls as feeling like youre walking through an arboretum.


Settled by ancient Hawaiians, the waters from Manoa Falls were used for wet farming for plants like Taro.Today Manoa Falls is part of the state parks system, which also maintains the trail.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Oahu
  • Duration: Approximately 30 minutes
  • Amenities: Photo opportunities
  • Insider Tip: Be sure to wear insect repellent when journeying through Hawaiis tropical rainforest.
  • Fun Fact: The Manoa Valley beneath the falls was the first site of sugarcane and coffee to be grown in Hawaii.
  • What to Expect: Lush tropical rainforest, maintained trail, endemic plants, birds, a little mud on your shoes, and a breathtaking waterfall at the end of the trail.