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Maunawili Falls

Maunawili Falls

We awoke to the drumming of rain on the deck. Peaking out the window, I saw the Koo'lau ridge above the deck was wrapped in clouds. The forecast was for the rain to stop but for it to be overcast most of the day. We took our time with breakfast and the rain stopped.

We decided to hike to Maunawili Falls. It is a short 1 1/4 mile hike with a 400ft gain to a lovely pool fed by two waterfalls. Unfortunately it is also very muddy and slippery. There are four stream crossing. We thought at first that we could go across by the rock but too slippery - we decided to just wade across in our shoes. The trail climbs to a ridge with views across to the Pali lookout and down across Kailau Bay. Along the trail there were interesting plants including several large clumps of ginger. At the ridge top, you decend a long series of stairs and come to the final river crossing or wade.

It was not too crowded at the pool, there were two other groups. A couple of people climbed up to the top of the smaller falls and jumped off. Nobody tried the higher jumps. G and I decided to not even go for a swim. It was cool day and we didn't feel like it.

We started back and found it was even more treachorous going back down. I did finally slip and was a muddy mess by time we got back to the car. Of course, the red dirt does NOT wash out.

We drove back to the studio, cleaned up and then went back to Kailau for Maui Tacos burritos and a shave ice at Island Snow. The burrito was filling but so-so. My filling was cold. :( G enjoyed his. Next door is Teddy's Burgers. Maybe we'll try it next. The shave ice was yummy.

We drove a short distance and took a walk on Kailau beach. The sand was so soft. Unfortunately it was gray and slightly windy. We watched a local club take out a couple of outrigger canoes and paddle around the bay.

On the drive back, the sun broke under the clouds and tinted them pink as we drove along the coast. Another enjoyable day in Paradise.

Maunawili Falls
Starting on the muddy trail

Maunawili Falls
The first stream crossing

Maunawili Falls
Koolaus surround from the ridge

Maunawili Falls

Maunawili Falls

Maunawili Falls

Kailau Beach
Kailau beach

Kailau beach
Setting sun on another wonderful day

Comments (6)

Oooh, that is really muddy! I did that hike many years ago. Fun hike. I chickened out though and didn't climb up on the rocks to jump in and didn't swim either.

Beautiful photos!

I was bummed when I woke up to see a cloudy day for you. It was even raining at my house when I woke up. Hopefully the weather report will be correct the rest of the week and you will have sunny weather all week.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Marta, paradise looks beautiful even on cloudy days. Wonderful photos. I'm glad to read that you are both enjoying yourselves. The views along the trails, the water falls and beach looks so beautiful!

Thanks for taking the time to share. Keep on enjoying yourselves.

So beautiful! Love those waterfalls. Thanks for taking us along with you.

Barb Cabot:

Marta, wonderful wonderful photos...creates a mood and a feeling of Hawaii that I rarely know. Love it and looks like you are having a great trip. Thank you for sharing.


Hi Marta, it all looks so lush and beautiful!


Oh, how lovely. Must get to Hawaii some day.

Hate hiking in mud--that's how I did in my knee over the summer. One good twisting fall was all it took!

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