The Waimanao Falls trailhead begins at the top of Komo Mai Drive in Pacific Palisades. Follow the road beyond the gate. Pass a water tank on the right. The junction to the falls is a bit inconspicuous, but there are signs that point to the right direction. The signs indicate that going straight is the Manana Ridge trail to the Ko'olau summit. Taking a right instead is the way to Waimano Falls. After the signs, the descent into Waimano Valley begins on what is known as "cardiac hill." Keep in mind that this hill must be climbed up after visiting the waterfall. The hill is rooty and slippery, especially after it has rained. Many side trails come in on the right. Always stay on the trail on the left.
Because the waterfall can be dry, it is always important to hike to the waterfall after a decent downpour. Waimano Falls is very dependent on rain. Therefore, if you plan the hike accordingly, you'll find yourself at on of Oahu's most easily accessible waterfalls. But are you ready for the hike back out?
Ripe mountain apples to take home.