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Manoa Falls Professional Review and Guide
"This is one of the prettiest and most popular hikes on O’ahu. It’s a perfect family ramble along a stream amid lush tropical vegetation to a waterfall and pool. You’ll be following Waihi Stream all the way to the falls. In the stream gully to your right (east) are several monstrous strangler figs dripping with aerial roots, vines, and creepers, many of which you will recognize as ordinary houseplants like philodendrons and pothos run amok. You’ll feel as though you’ve entered a Tarzan movie. Cross a tributary creek on a bridge and proceed amid wild ginger, bamboo, huge tree ferns, and tangled thickets of hau. This shrub or small tree is a kind of hibiscus found all over the South Pacific. You can see why it is often planted as natural fencing."
--Suzanne Swedo, Best Easy Day Hikes: Hawaii: Oahu (Falcon Guides).
The trail was very easy only a hour round trip in flip flops. It was $5 to park. The bambo forest was interesting and there were so pretty views but the waterfall isn't that great. The pool is fenced off so no swimming.
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