Lua'alaea Falls is a tall, lonely waterfall located in the back of Manoa Valley. The trail to Lua'alaea Falls branches off the extremely popular Manoa Falls trail. It is short and easy, and much more wild than the Manoa Falls trail. (Refer to the following link for trailhead directions to Manoa Falls: Manoa Falls Trailhead Directions.) Initially, the Manoa Falls trail starts off on a road. It then enters a high canopy forest and takes a left on a narrower path through lower trees. The junction to Lua'alaea Falls is located on the right after a leptospirosis warning sign. Heed a narrow crossing of Waihi Stream and follow the trail going away from the stream. The trail eventually finds its way to Lua'alea Stream and finally to Lua'alaea Falls. Go after a heavy downpour; the waterfall is more spectacular during a heavier flow.
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