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Updated: December 20, 2015

Location: Kuliouou Valley Falls is located in the same area as the Kuliouou Ridge hike. It is a short and easy hike that only flows after a heavy rain.

Type: Waterfall hike

Hike Difficulty: Beginner

Total Time: 1 hour to an hour and a half.



Things to Consider

  • Kid friendly: yes
  • Pet Friendly: yes
  • Bring bug spray. Expect to be attacked by mosquitoes throughout the trail during the wet weather.
  • This is a maintained state trail, so the trail is pretty straightforward.
  • Bring extra clothes. Jumping in to the swimming holes are a must!

Your hiking backpack

  • Bug Spray
  • 1 Liter of water
  • Snacks
  • Towel
  • Extra clothes
  • Waterproof case for electronics (I got a Zgear case from Best Buy)
  • GoPro/waterproof camera


Take Kalanianaole Hwy and then take a left onto Kuliouou Rd. Follow the road all the way up until it merges onto Kalaau Pl. The trail starts at the ending of the road. Instead of taking the ridge trail, you will take the Kuliouou Valley trail. Follow signs to Kuliouou Valley trail.

Our Journey

We were looking for a waterfall hike because it had been raining for the past couple days now. There was one falls that I was curious about because I have never seen any posts about it. I knew there was a waterfall in Kuliouou Valley, but had no idea how it would look like. I decided to go adventuring in the pouring rain and see what this valley had to offer. The trail is pretty straight forward. Once you reach the Kuliouou Valley sign, go left and follow the path. Within 10 minutes you reach the stream. If it isn't flowing, head back because there is probably no falls at the end. If the stream is flowing hard, there will be a nice waterfall at the end. We reached the first waterfall within 30 minutes. We seen about 3 or 4 falls, but eventually the trail started to diminish and brush and trees blocked our path and we couldn't go any further. I'm sure there is a huge waterfall at the end of the valley, but one day we may come back for that.






















After some itchy California Grass past the sign, you enter the forest.






















We saw a small waterfall on our right. It was flowing into the trail, and mind you the whole trail was flooded with water and mud!






















Just following the stream on our left. We passed a lot of swimming holes and small falls.






















And this is Kuliouou Falls or at least one of them. It's also a nice spot to take a swim or jump off from the rock. I would say its about 8 to 10 feet deep.






















Continuing upstream, we encountered even more amazing waterfalls!





























Hik3beasthawaii was here!





























The water is ice cold! Another nice spot.





























Now time to head back. The Hau tree tangles got really intense as we journeyed more upstream so we turned around. I wonder if there are any bigger waterfalls back there?






















One last shaka picture with Kuliouou Valley Falls on the way back.

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