Friday, April 15, 2016

Hiking Manoa Falls, Oahu



You guys, how amazing is this rain forest on the island of Oahu?! Let me just tell you, the idea of hiking through a rainforest with three kids kind of scared me a little , especially since Lukas hates rain and mud and all things dirty. But it was the best experience! The Manoa Falls are nestled in the Honolulu Watershed Forest Reserve just north of Honolulu {on the Southwest end of the island} and provide a cool, yet sometimes difficult walking trail to the stunning falls. 

A 1.6 mile hike roundtrip, this hike was great for all three of my kids. Jakob got tired after the first half and needed to be carried back down. It was raining and muddy, so there were a few times when things got a bit slippery, however, Heidi, my little adventurer, didn't seem to mind. The trail itself is doable for most people, although as you get closer to the falls, there is a slight incline and climbing of rocks. The kids loved that! And the scenery was like something I've only ever dreamed of. This is a real rainforest, with the sounds of exotic birds and the smells of wet trees, ferns and earth.  

Like I mentioned in my post about hiking Diamond Head, I saw many people wearing dresses and flip flops! I couldn't believe it. Let me tell you, if you ever have the opportunity to hike to Manoa Falls, don't wear sandals! It's worth bringing a pair of closed toed shoes to Hawaii to see these falls close up. And don't wear anything too fancy. You will sweat {it's humid people} and you will get muddy {rainforest}. You could be like us and run wild through the trail, stepping in every puddle and getting wet in the rain. 

Some other tips...
  • It's $5 to park at the base of the trail near the restaurant. I think it's totally worth it since parking on the outside would add an addition walk up a hill and parking in a residential area.
  • There are bathrooms along the trail, a major bonus when doing anything with kids. 
  • Don't even attempt to bring a stroller, so it you have a small child, bring a carrier so you can wear the child. 
  • Bring water to drink... it's hot and sticky in those trees.
  • Bring extra shoes and a bag to put your dirty shoes in after. Even if you have a rental, there's just no need to be that messy. 




19 comments:

  1. What a great throwback for me. We used to go up to Manoa valley all the time when Paradise park was still open. Some of my family members have little family farms up in the valley too. If you ever go back and the kids are much older, you should try the St. Louis hike. It goes along a mountain ridge and you can see into two valleys. At the end you'll see the windward side of the island...super beautiful hike, but not for small kids.

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  2. Beautiful pictures!! :)
    Jess (waywardorphan.com)

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  3. now i have something else to add to my list of what to do on my next visit to Oahu! this looks like an incredible way to see Hawaii. I mainly saw the beach when I was there so this would really be different and fun

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  4. We loved hiking to Manoa falls--it felt like a "Jurassic Park" rainforest to me--so lush and beautiful Some parents were really struggling with their little ones on that super muddy trail, but for kids who are used to hiking, I'm sure it's a ton of fun!

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  5. Oh gosh! It looks gorgeous! :o
    Your kiddies did so well! I don't think I'D be able to hike such a track. Probably not even half of it. I know when I'm beat haha.
    Sounds like you had a great time. :)

    Christie's Take on Life. x

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  6. Wow, what a beautiful scenery and what a wonderful hike! Looks like you all had such a wonderful time!

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  7. These is gorgeous! What type of carrier are you using for your son? Our daughter is 2 and we moved to Norway about a year ago and do much more hiking here so Im looking for a good carrier! Can't wait for the snow to finish melting so we can go hiking!

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  8. Looks like an amazing hike! We went to Hawaii for our honeymoon, but only to Maui and Kauai. I'd love to go back and visit Oahu next time.

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  9. That looks like so much fun and so beautiful! I'll remember these tips if I ever make it there... Which I hope I do soon! :)

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  10. That hike looks gorgeous! Any time I can get close to waterfalls, I'm all about it!

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  11. Gorgeous pictures! Thanks for the tips!

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  12. What a beautiful hike and a lovely activity to do as a family.

    Marette | Floradise blog

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  13. Oh this looks like so much fun! I love hiking! My husband and I hiked 22 miles for Cystic Fibrosis back in October in one day in North Carolina!

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  14. This looks amazing! That waterfall is stunning!!! Hawaii is on my bucket list, my mom and husband have both been and loved it! But whats not to love!!
    Danielle | AccordingtoD.com

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  15. I love your photos! This looks like an amazing hike and it's so cool that you did this with your entire family!

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  16. I have been to Oahu so many times and have never done this hike, it's so gorgeous! I also ove your son's photobomb in your selfie, he's hilarious. :D

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  17. That's a beautiful hike! So awesome that the kids were able to hang with you all too!

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  18. I was in Oahu last year but sadly didn't make it to Manoa Falls. It looks like the perfect family outing in Hawaii!

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  19. How lovely! My boys don't usually enjoy hiking with me much but I bet they'd love that.

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