Best hikes on Oahu! Waterfall edition: Lulumahu Falls
Do you want to go through the bamboo? Well, you're in luck! A short 10 minute drive from Honolulu will bring you on a bamboozling adventure to a gorgeous waterfall!
I like the hike to Lulumahu Falls because it’s fairly easy and pretty short, and for that I rate the difficulty of this one a level 3 out of 10. Easy enough for an average person, but challenging for children and elders. I usually take people on this hike if I want to show them a waterfall but still have time for other fun things to do during the day.
This hike starts at the dirt lot where the north side of Nuuanu Pali Dr. and Pali Hwy meet. Enter the gate where the little box is. You’ll immediate be in the middle of a beautiful bamboo forest. I like to go through the bamboo but it’s easy to get lost if you’ve never been on this trail before. So for the sake of not getting lost, continue down the obvious trail staying to your RIGHT until you reach a gravel road (about 2 minutes), turn left. Continue down the gravel road until it gets kind of muddy (about 5 minutes). Stay on the obvious trail, you’ll eventually reach a clearing where you’ll turn left-ish into grass. Continue and you’ll see a bridge and reservoir in the distance almost immediately. Keep that stuff to your left. You’ll see a short staircase to your right, go up. Follow the obvious path passing some sort of old hole in the ground. Follow past that and it’s pretty straight forward from there. Follow the water all the way until the waterfall. You’ll cross the stream a few times, it doesn’t matter which side you’re on so don't worry about being lost. As long as you stay parallel to the flowing water, you'll reach the waterfall in about 20-30 minutes. (expect 1-2.5 hours total, out and back).