is located at the end of Komo Mai Drive. Entrance to the Manana Trail is at the end of the cul-de-sac next to the big metal gate. The first part is easy, great scenery with amazing views, but be cautious, of the asphalt roadway, where cracks, broken pavement pieces, potholes and split sections are ahead. Just past the water tank, is the second part, secluded and heavily-shaded with cooler temperatures and cooing sounds from birds in the distance. Stop at the marked sign ahead, Koolau Summit 5 3/4 mi or Waimano Falls 1 3/4 mi, choosing your own adventure.
THE FALLS hike is 3.5 miles round trip. The infamous Heart Attack Hill, "Roots, Rock, Reggae." The waterfall is epic! Swing from the rope or jump off the ledge into one of three swimming pools on a clear day after a good rain.
TIP: Avoid the falls during summer months. Don't expect any water trickling down the waterfall or expect to swim. The swimming holes are filled with greenish brown contaminated stagnant water.
THE KOOLAU SUMMIT hike is 10.5 miles round trip. Amazing views, tropical forest, grassy knolls, steep inclines and drop offs, remote and lush valleys, wide and narrow pathways. Satisfy your hunger with fresh strawberry guavas or mountain apples. Take in the beauty of nature surrounded by Hawaii's native plants, the Naupaka, Koa, Ohia Lehua, Lobelia, Olapa and Kopiko and some Non-Native plants, the Eucalyptus, Cherry Guava and Brushbox. This hike is so well worth it! Hike to the summit at the last marker, "End of Manana Ridge Trail" and embrace the breathtaking views of the lush mountains, pristine beaches and the Windward Coast.