Waimano Falls


"It's better to see something once, than to hear about it a thousand times."

Updated: February 22, 2016

Location: Easy waterfall hike located in Pearl City, Palisades. Known for its pools, rope swing, and cardiac hill.

Type: Waterfall Hike

Hike Difficulty: Beginner

Total Time: 2 to 3 hours

Distance: 3 miles round trip


Things to Consider

  • Kid friendly: yes
  • Pet Friendly: yes
  • Bring bug spray. There are lots of mosquitoes. Especially in the rainy weather.
  • The hike can muddy at times, so prepare to get dirty.
  • Fun place to jump off into the pool and cool down on a hot day.
  • Watch out for pigs or boars in this area as well.
  • Water flows after a rain, so if the water is not flowing, do not jump in.
  • There are three pools, with the bottom pool being the deepest about ten feet and a rope swing.

Your hiking backpack

  • Bug Spray
  • 1 Liter of water
  • Snacks
  • GoPro/waterproof camera
  • Beer (optional)
  • Extra clothes
  • Towel


Take the Pearl City exit and head onto Waimano Home Rd. Follow the road up and then take a left onto Komo Mai Dr. Follow the road all the way until the end. The trail head starts at the end of the road.

Our Journey

This hike known as the Waimano Pools or Waimano Falls is a short and easy hike up Pearl City heights. Also known as the Palisades hike or Manana Trail, however this hike should not be mistaken for the Manana Trail. Although the hike does start from this trail, the true Manana Trail will lead you up and down hills for 5-6 miles. The Waimano Falls trails veers off to the right and down Cardiac Hill. The trail also splits into two trails towards the end. Both trails will lead you to the pools. One will end up above the pool at the jump off point, and the other trail will lead you to the bottom pool after some minor rock hopping. You can also explore above to see the bigger waterfall. There are three pools and sometimes the water becomes stagnant if there hasn't been any rain in a while. Do not jump in if the water isn't flowing, to avoid Leptospirosis. You can even venture above the top tier waterfall for a nice view.





















Heading through the fenced gate from the end of Komo Mai Dr.






















Dirt road and tree roots cover the beginning of the hike.






















Lots of nice views of the valley throughout the forest hike.






















After about 45 minutes to an hour, you reach Cardiac Hill. It isn't too hard going down, but going back up will make you break a sweat.






















The bottom pool, with the rope swing.






















Some beers to get over the fear of the high jump!






















Above the first pool by the rope swing.






















Who's ready to jump in???






















Loads of fun here!






















The view above the pools from the jumping spot.






















There's also a jumping spot on the top right,

which is even higher than the left jumping spot.






















This is the third tier of the waterfall.

An awesome chill spot that is easy to get to. Definitely fun times!

























One last look at the waterfall before heading up Cardiac Hill and back to the car.

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