Maunawili Falls hike is located in a residential area with sweeping views and a picturesque 15-30ft waterfall and swim at the end. Please pick up trash!
Aloha Visitors! E komo mai! (Welcome!) Maunawili Falls Trail, a beautiful and unique Oahu trail that many people enjoy visiting. To keep its beauty intact, and help you to have a safe hike, here are a few suggestions and rules of the trail that we would like to share with you. Because this location draws thousands of visitors every year, the human impact on the trail and in the adjacent neighborhood is very large. It is very much appreciated when people help us conserve the natural beauty that makes this trail worth hiking. Every hiker counts! Your efforts truly help protect the beauty of the trail and the peaceful atmosphere of the neighborhood. DON'T START AFTER 4 PM: We recommend starting the hike no later than 4 pm. Going any later than this will not allow you to get to the waterfall and back before dark, especially in winter. The trail is full of roots, and many, many visitors have to be rescued by helicopter because they get lost in the dark or injured because they trip on roots or rocks they cannot see. Please click here to see what time the sun will set tonight, and make sure to finish the hike by 6pm. Sunrise & Sunset Mosquito repellent is a good idea WEAR BUG SPRAY: Mosquito repellent is strongly recommended. Please don't spray repellent on any neighborhood lawns. It kills the grass. Wear the right shoes WEAR SHOES FOR DEEP MUD: Wear shoes that can endure water and mud. This is the muddiest trail you have likely every encountered, especially after wet weather. You will be crossing rivers, and must be prepared to step in mud that can be as much as a foot deep and the consistency of chocolate pudding! It can be very slippery. We see a lot of broken slippers/flip flops, and many abandoned athletic shoes (cross trainers) that people discard because they don’t want to clean them. We suggest shoes that can get wet and muddy without being ruined, and a change of shoes for after the hike so that you can put your muddy shoes in a bag and wear the clean pair for the ride home (or to your hotel). Flash Flood Warning Sign FLASH FLOODS CAN KILL: When the river rises, it can be very dangerous with powerful currents. Debris can wash down the falls and possibly injure or kill hikers. Never hike on a rainy day. Check the weather in advance. Pack all trash out NO TRASH BINS, PLEASE DON'T LITTER: There are no trash cans on the trail. Please no littering. There are garbages located at the Maunawili District park (the closest public facilities to the trailhead at this time). Please control your trash and take all belongings with you including your trash when you leave. Litter harms the land, streams, and animals (some can even wash to sea and harm our reefs and sealife!). It also causes an eyesore for other people. Items of particular concern include food wrappers, baby diapers, dog waste, abandoned shoes, and water bottles. Please plan to contain these things, and don’t forget to bring your towels and shirts with you when you leave. There are no toilets at the trailhead NO TOILETS: There is no restroom facility at this time on the trail. The closest toilets and faucets are at Maunawili District Park. Please plan to use the facilities there. You can also plan to clean your shoes at the faucet (hose bibb) at the park, or take a second pair of clean shoes and a plastic bag to contain the dirty shoes. Please try not to disturb the neighbors – public use of private bathrooms or hoses of the neighbors next to the trail is not courteous. No potable water at the trail WATER IS NOT POTABLE; LEPTOSPOROSIS: Don’t drink the water in the stream or expose any open wounds to the water. There is Leptospirosis in the water along with other microbes that can cause your cuts to get infected. Be sure to pack plenty of water to drink. The closest water facilities for public use are at Maunawili District Park Swim at your own risk SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK: The falls have a beautiful deep pool below them, but please remember not to swim with open cuts. There is Leptospirosis in the water along with other microbes that can cause your cuts to get infected. Dive at own risk, never head first! JUMPING IS DANGEROUS (AT OWN RISK), DIVING IS DEADLY: If you choose to jump off the rocks into the pool, please realize you are taking a significant risk. People get rescued by helicopter a lot, especially in summer when the crowds are larger. There have been severe injuries from people attempting the various jumps into the water. Never dive head first at this location because people do often touch the bottom of the pool with their legs if they jump from the higher spots. The bottom is uneven with lots of rocks. Going head first means you could easily break your neck. Park with care PARK WITH CARE: Parking is sometimes very difficult, especially on holidays and weekends. There is no parking lot at the trailhead. A small patch of dirt near the community chalkboard about 1/3 of a mile before the trailhead serves as the only unofficial parking lot, but there is only room for a few cars. It is best to take The Bus to the Maunawili and Aloha Oe bus stop, because then you don’t have to worry about parking. If you can’t take the bus, please remember to park respectfully. Many people parallel park on the neighborhood streets. This is just fine as long as you are careful not to park in front of driveways, fire hydrants, or too close to corners (which blocks visibility for safe turning), additionally, some areas of the roads are too narrow for both sides of the street to be utilized for parking. Make sure there is enough room for emergency vehicles (including fire engines) to be able to drive easily through the streets. If you have to walk a little further to be able to park in a legal and considerate way, enjoy the extra distance as part of the hike. There is a parking map on this site to help you. Theft of valuables can happen LEAVE VALUABLES AT HOME: Do not leave valuables in your car. Lock your doors. During the summer months especially, theft can happen. This is true of every hike on Oahu. No commercial tours or activities allowed NO TOURS: No commercial activity is allowed on the trail. The trail is not equipped to handle tour buses and similar large vehicles. This means you will not be able to find a professional guide. If you feel like you would be more comfortable with a tour guide, please consider Manoa Falls and Waimea Falls for a similar hiking experience where a tour guide is allowed to help you.
If you grew up here you did this... and still do!
All kids growing up in Hawaii and Guam know sleeping grass. As adults still can't resist the urge to get down on the ground, stick our finger out, and touch the leaves.
Until recently I never really knew much about it. I was surprised to find out it has medicinal uses. The roots, leaves and flower heads of the "mimosa pudica" are used by those who practice Ayurveda, a system of traditional medicine in India. They use the pudica plant in their treatment of inflammations, burning sensations, biliousness, leprosy, dysentery and uterine complaints.
The Greeks used mimosa pudica to help treat leprosy, jaundice and diseases arising from blood impurities.
The seeds and parts of the mimosa pudica plant contain mimosine. Extracts from the plant have been said to act as a moderate diuretic, depress duodenal contractions, reduce menorrhagia and promote regeneration of nerves.
I've also read it is a natural Viagra.
Mimosa pudica is from Latin: pudica "shy, bashful or shrinking"; also called sensitive plant, sleepy plant and the touch-me-not), is a creeping annual or perennial herb native to South America and Central America, but is now a pantropical weed.
And like us, people around the world have their own names for this plant.
In Indonesia, they call it "Putri Malu" or "Shy Princess".
In Puerto Rico they call it Morivivi.
Afrikaans call it Kruitjie roer my nie.
In Jamaica its called a shama meaning its ashamed so it closes up.
Colombia , they call it "dormidera" means (sleeper herb ) and grandmothers use it when kids have problems sleeping as an infusión or tea.
In Trinidad and Tobago they call it, ''T'Marie'' and children actually play a game with it, singing, 'Mary Mary shut your door, Police coming to hold you,' while touching the leaves and enjoying seeing them close and re-open.
In hebrew they call this plant אלתיגעבי (al-tiga-bi), meaning "don't touch me".
Here is a video of larger version of the plant, most of us here in Hawaii see the smaller darker version.
Leave no trace is true
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From Maunawaili to Manoa Falls there are plenty hikes all levels, that will take you deep into the Hawaiian rain forest. Connect with the āina (land). Turn off your cell phone, breathe deep, stay on the trails and leave no trace. The result will be a truly positive and memorable experience that will reset your mind, body and spirit.
Don't let them close Maunawili Falls Trail!
Hearing is on Tuesday February 22 @ 10:30AM
If you can not go make sure to submit testimony. Also make sure to call all those legislators and let them know you oppose this.
www.honoluludpp.org DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND PERMITTING PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN of a public hearing to be held by the Department of Planning and Permitting of the City and County of Honolulu under Part 1 Rules of Practice and Procedure, as amended, for...
[09/05/15] We've had a lot of rain. Pay attention to weather and flash flood warnings! Wear good shoes, the trail is very slippery.
Please be warned!
Never go hiking when there's a flash flood warning. Some hikers had to be rescued because they still went hiking despite the flash flood alerts. It can be life threatening and force the rescue personnel to risk their lives to save yours. This is downstream from Maunawili Falls (the river right next to it). All the rivers in Maunawili looked like this (and worse) today, and I didn't record the canal at its highest level (it rose another 3 feet)! I can't get the video I took to post here so I am posting a photo, but I have a public video on my page that includes the actual video of the rives roaring downstream which is amazingly turbulent! You all are welcome to go see it. For scale, the canal has 10 feet tall cement walls. Stay safe everyone!
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Hiker submitted photos.
Aloha Visitors! E komo mai! (Welcome!)
Maunawili Falls Trail is a beautiful and unique Oahu trail that many people enjoy visiting. Because this location draws thousands of visitors every year, the human impact on the trail and in the adjacent neighborhood is very large. It is very much appreciated when people help us conserve the natural beauty that makes this trail worth hiking. Every hiker counts! Your efforts truly help protect the beauty of the trail and the peaceful atmosphere of the neighborhood. Mahalo for your kokua! Thank you very much in advance for your help!
Braddah John!! #prayerchain
UPDATE ON JOHN CRUZ (MANGO MAN)
Approved information has been released, here's the update you've been waiting for.
As most of you know, the community has been worried about Johns health. Many caring Kailuans attempted to get him care. We had sent out Holden Medical Supply with a new walker and an off duty nurse to try and get him help. He graciously declined everyone. Where we failed another team finally succeeded. And not a moment to soon.
John is now under a doctors care in the hospital and will most likely me there for a while. We are so glad he finally agreed to go!!
He has everything he needs nows so the best we can do is to continue the prayer chain we started early on
So keep sending lots of healing energy to him!! 👍🙏🙏🙏
MAHALOS to all you caring people you are amazing!!
**more details in next post
GUIDE TO MAUNAWILI FALLS TRAIL HIKE
Important and detailed instructions on hiking to Maunawili Falls provided by residents.
maunawilifalls.com If you learn nothing else from this page, please know this: Maunawili is a MUDDY and potentially dangerous trail. Really really muddy! Dress for mud, and don't go on a rainy day. Today (5/25/2014) there were THREE helicopter rescues on the trail from people getting lost or injured. That's a lot of p…
Residents of Maunawili and of Hawaii are very protective of this place. It is not equipped to handle the increasing popularity and trash has become an issue.
Visitors please show respect and prepared to take everything you bring in back out. Litter harms the land, streams, and animals (some can even wash to sea and harm our reefs and sealife!). You will also anger locals.
This is a beautiful place and you can give back by picking up trash you see. Malama the Aina!
Maunawili Falls Trail
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