If you’ve already hiked to popular Manoa Falls or you’re looking to get off the beaten path, Lulumahu Falls may be the answer. With an unmaintained trail and stream crossings, this 2.5 mile out and back hike is nature at its wildest.
Hikers should be aware that Lulumahu Falls is on private government property owned by the Honolulu Board of Water Supply. It is considered trespassing if you do not have a permit, and there are no signs marking the path.
Walk along through a bamboo forest, the path narrowing the further into the forest you descend. About 100 yards in, a path will branch off to the left, leading you up a set of stone steps to a reservoir. You will enjoy views of the Koʻolau Mountain range in the distance. Continue on the dirt path past the rock wall and around the fenced water pump, followed by another set of stone stairs. The path will then lead to where the old water supply structure and the stream converge, with the water dropping into a small pool below. Learn more why Lulumahu Falls is a fan favorite.
The next fifteen minutes are more difficult to navigate from here. Follow the water upstream, walking in the water, rock hopping, and following the narrow dirt paths that are occasionally along the sides of the stream. There are pink ribbons tied around the trees to mark the path, but be sure to stay close to the stream. At last you arrive at the base of a 50-foot waterfall, the water cascading down fern and moss-covered rocks and emptying into a small rock-lined pool below. With any luck, you’ll have this hidden gem to yourself – a beautiful waterfall tucked away just five miles outside the bustling city of Honolulu.
Driving from Honolulu, take the Pali Highway and find the steep inclined parking area off Old Pali Road, right before the Pali Lookout. The start of the trail is marked with an on old hunting station. The trail has an additional entry point if you head 30 yards down the Pali Hwy to the Board of Water Supply gate.
Lulumahu Falls Hike
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