Maunawili Falls

Maunawili is probably the trail I’ve spent the most time on. It is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness so it’s where I take all my couch surfers (or guest room surfers now that we’ve moved up in this world… hah). I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve hiked it. I wanted to go one last time before we leave, but rainy season is sneaking up on us and it has been extremely wet. When it rains a lot, the waterfall gets stronger and more beautiful, but the hike gets very muddy and slippery. I don’t want to take my chances with Evita.
This hike might not have dramatic views like a lot of the other ones in Hawaii, but it leads to a perfect little waterfall and watering hole. To get there you traverse up a creek through thick jungle. Ever since I watched Lost (which wasn’t until a few years after first moving to Hawaii), I feel like I might get engulfed by some crazy black smoke monster when on this trail.
My friend Marisa & one of her friends who was visiting that time.
You can jump into the watering hole from three different spots. I believe one is 15ft, one is 30ft, and one is 40ft. One one hike, my bff Rikki was on the edge of the 40ft cliff when she tripped over a branch and side-flopped into the watering hole. It took her hours to walk the two miles back to the trailhead and her whole side was bruised. The next day she peed blood. We were 18 and thought it was hilarious at the time, but it seems pretty gnarly now. I must be getting old.
The picture on the left is one of Diego on the 30ft jump.
Little brother Diego.
You can barely tell, but this is a picture of me jumping off the waterfall. It was taken by my Uncle’s girlfriend with an I-Phone and came out all crazy for some reason. (No filter or anything like that.) Kind of neat.
I’m not sure how many people know this, but if you climb up the waterfall, past where it dumps over the edge, you’ll find another pool and another, equally as beautiful waterfall. I’ve only ever taken a camera up there once (it’s wet), and sadly this is the only picture I could find of it (from 2008). I don’t know why it’s so tiny. Bummer. Guess you’re going to have to go check it out yourself!


  1. I love this hike so much and haven’t done it in a few years. It’s super close to my patents house so really there is no excuse. Maybe my next visit home.
    Looks like you guys had a lot f fun.

  2. I just hiked Maunawili again this last Monday… I haven’t uploaded any pics yet…but I did blog about my first three trips… if you want to check it out :

    That photo of you jumping in is my fav. What a gorgeous shot. Definitely frame-material.
    I’d wanted to do that hike again one last time too before we move… I think we may be done now. =( I’m sooo going to miss all of the hikes. If you haven’t already…you should definitely do the Kuliouou Ridge Trail. Amazing views! Lots of different forest and jungle to tromp through… one of the toughest hikes I’ve done here. You won’t be disappointed. =)
    Thanks for linking up!

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