"Not all who wander are lost."
Updated: December 14, 2015
Location: Waiakeakua Falls is located in Manoa Valley, right before the Manoa Falls trail head. Instead of going to Paradise Park, you turn on Waaloa Way. This hike is also known as the Seven Bridges/Seven Falls Hike.
Type: Waterfall hike
Hike Difficulty: Intermediate
Total Time: 2 to 3 hours
Distance: ~2.8 miles
Elevation: ~1200 feet
Things to Consider
Your hiking backpack
Here's a picture of where you can park.
We started at about 1130am on an overcast day. We were planning to do a hike in Hawaii Kai, but the Honolulu Marathon and the incredible traffic changed our plans. Waiakeakua falls is one of the many hidden waterfalls in Manoa Valley. This hike is really confusing if you don't know where you are going. There is no ribbons on this trail. We walked through the gate at the end of Waaloa Way. Along the way you will cross several bridges and see lots of smaller waterfalls and swimming holes. All the trails in Manoa are also connected. You can go to Naniuapo Falls from this trail and even up to the Pu'u Pia summit. You can even head up to the KST to Mt. Olympus and head back down Kolowalu trail. Manoa valley has an endless amount of fun hikes that you can explore. This time, we just visited the three tiers of Waiakeakua and turned around there. Total time for our hike was about 3 hours with lots of picture taking.
Going past the no trespassing signs by the gate.
After a short while, continue straight on the right path. The left takes you to somebody's property. Lol
One of the bridges we crossed. You can also go down under from the ladder shown in the picture.
Head on the left path when you reach this junction.
After another bridge you come across this junction. Head straight. Taking a left will take you to Naniuapo Falls and haunted house.
We continued left at this point. It gets very confusing with no ribbons, but continue to follow upstream and you should be fine.
A small obstacle we encountered. This was about 20 to 30 minutes into the hike.
We weren't sure if we had to go this direction because it was going uphill, but this is the correct path. At some points you will veer away from the stream and even go uphill, but eventually you come back to the stream.
A tunnel on the right which fed water to the stream.
Another tunnel on the left. You can continue the trail up the stairs or go straight from the stream to see a waterfall!
This ice cold swimming hole is known as Queen's Bath. Above this spot is a waterfall.
A beautiful waterfall!!!
Follow the path on the left to continue up. This is the view above the waterfall. Cross the stream and go up the path on the right.
And we crossed another bridge.
And finally, the bottom tier of Waiakeakua Falls!
The middle tier was covered by a fallen tree, but still a beautiful sight!
After climbing the falls or heading up the path on the left of the falls, you are rewarded with this view of the third tier of Waiakeakua Falls! A 50-foot falls that you can even climb to continue up to the ridge!
The third tier of Waiakeakua Falls!
Attempting to climb it. It's actually not as difficult as it looks.
Going down is a little sketchy.
The water was so clear and beautiful. Lots of waterfalls and bridges on this hike!
After the hike we went to McCully Shopping Center to eat at Pho 777. We got a large combination Pho with the house special Banh Mi Sandwich! Then we were still hungry and got some dessert at Snow Factory. We got the Halo Halo combination!
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