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This trail begins north of Honolulu and provides a good introduction to the lush vegetation of Oahu without leaving the city.

The beginning of the trail crosses over a footbridge and then crosses a small stream through a grove of Eucalyptus trees. The 0.8 mile trail gradually ascends through a lush rainforest ending at a viewing area set back from the base of the falls. There is a low rock wall and suspended cable with signs indicating the danger of landslide and instructing hikers to not go beyond that point. Approximately 50 feet from the veiwing area there is a marked trail to the left. This is Aihualama Trail, which switchbacks up the ridge, through bamboo, offering views of Honolulu and Manoa Valley. Aihualama Trail is not suitable for novice hikers.

NO COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY IS CURRENTLY ALLOWED ON THIS TRAIL. DO NOT GO BEYOND THE DESIGNATED VIEWING AREA. There was a landslide next to the waterfall in January of 2002. A vieiwng area with a bench has been established that restricts access to the pool and waterfall, and from the side of the stream where the landslide occured. Signs are posted informing users of the trail terminus and of the potential danger of the area beyond. The trail ends at the veiwing area, and hikers are not to proceed beyond that point. Also, DO NOT GO ABOVE OR BEYOND THE CHAINLINK FENCE. This is a Restricted Watershed Area and violators may be prosecuted. Stay on the trail. Pack out at least what you pack in. No open fires.

General Information: Do not use any trail or access road that is not delineated by name and color and that may also be displayed on these maps. The marked features are managed for public recreational use. Other trails or roads that branch off from the public features may be on private property, and are not managed for any public recreational use. Access is subject to adjacent landowner approval, and if used without authorization, you will be trespassing and possibly putting yourself at risk

Directions: From Honolulu, The bus route 5 will take you into the Manoa Valley. You'll have to walk north on Manoa Road from the last bus stop.

Elevation Gain: 390 feet

Usage: Heavy

Difficulty: Easy

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O'ahu, Hawaii

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