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Updated: February 29, 2016

Location: A short and easy hike to a beautiful waterfall next to the Nu'uanu Reservoir. One of the many waterfall hikes in Pali.

Type: Waterfall hike

Hike Difficulty: Beginner

Total Time: 2 hours

Distance:

Elevation:

Things to Consider

  • Kid friendly: yes
  • Pet Friendly: yes
  • This is a great beginner hike to a waterfall that is always flowing. Dogs can hike this trail too.
  • Sometimes the trail can get a little muddy. Be prepared to get wet and clothes dirty.
  • Bring extra clothes to take a dip in the pool by the waterfall. An awesome spot to cool off during hot days.
  • The Nu'uanu Reservoir is along this trail. Daredevils jump off the reservoir as well which can range from 60 to 80 feet high, depending on the water level.
  • The bamboo forest part of the hike can be a bit confusing. There are many alternative ways of getting to this waterfall.

Your hiking backpack

  • Bug spray
  • 1 Liter of water
  • Snacks
  • GoPro/camera
  • Extra clothes

Directions

Take Pali Highway towards Pali Lookout. However just before Pali Lookout is a shooting area for hunters. This is where you park. You may also go through Nu'uanu Pali Drive. The parking is where Pali Highway and Nu'uanu Pali Drive intersect.

Our Journey

This hike is really beautiful, not only because of the waterfall at the end, but all the gorgeous views along the way. You can go through the fence by the hunting station and then go through the bamboo forest to exit into some stairs leading up to the Nu'uanu Reservoir. Or you can walk a little more down, follow the fence and climb over the other fence leading to the reservoir. This way, you won't have to go through the bamboo forest, which can be a little confusing. However, both ways is trespassing, so please hike at your own risk. After you pass the reservoir, you follow the path and head up the steps. Then follow the trail markers and it will lead you to the falls. I haven't done this hike in a while, but when I went, there was a hole in the fence by the entrance. If you are going through the bamboo forest, just follow the tire tracks which will lead you to the left heading up to the reservoir. After the reservoir, the trail can also be a little tricky, but there are trail markers along the way. If you start heading up a ridge, you are on the wrong route. You are probably going up Lulumahu Ridge to the KST. The trail does not have any major inclines and is pretty straightforward to the falls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heading through the fence at the entrance.

If there isn't a hole, you may need to climb over it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following the tracks through the bamboo forest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out of the bamboo forest into the clearing. The reservoir is on the right, up the hill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Nu'uanu Reservoir. Still have yet to jump off that thing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head towards the mountain and follow the dirt road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The view was amazing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just looking back towards the reservoir. Beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then we headed up the stairs to the trail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We passed by this mini waterfall and followed the trail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Into the forest. Following the trail markers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some boulder hopping and stream crossing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A fallen tree. The trail is pretty straightforward and no major inclines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing upstream. Crossed the stream a few times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almost there. Just a little further! About an hour to an hour half to the falls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just rock hopping from here. No trail left but almost there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And there it is. The beautiful Lulumahu Falls!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filling up our hydroflask. We were thirsty after this hike!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This hike can get a bit crowded especially during the weekends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had to take a dip in the refreshing water!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The water is super cold!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahh... Some refreshing mountain water!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On our way back we caught the sunset! What an awesome adventure!

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