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Manoa Falls

End of Manoa Road | Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96822
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  • Type: Hiking, Natural Wonders
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.0)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 0.0 (N/A)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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This approximately 100-foot-tall waterfall in Honolulu is easily accessible. All you need is proper footwear, insect repellant, drinking water, and the stamina to hike about 1½ miles on a well-worn path. The rainforest scenery is otherworldly, with enormous prehistoric ferns and the snaking roots of banyan trees. It's no wonder Steven Spielberg filmed scenes from "Jurassic Park" here. You probably won't see any dinosaurs, but be prepared: The path to the falls can be quite slippery with mud, so wear sturdy hiking shoes that you don't mind getting dirty.

If you're a first-time hiker, this is the trail for you. It'll get your blood pumping, but you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the falls. You can hike in the Manoa Falls area from sunrise to sunset. Entry is free, but there's a $5 parking fee if you use the lot at the base of the start of the trail. Visit the Manoa Falls section of the Hawaii Trail and Access Program's website for information in trail conditions and other information.

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