Jackass Ginger Pool

Jackass Ginger Pool, Oahu

Jackass Ginger Pool is a small, charming-looking 10-foot (3 m) waterfall in the Honolulu neighborhood of Nu'uanu. It has a swimming hole around eight feet (2.4 m) in depth, so it is also great for jumping into. In fact, it even has a rope tied to a tree above the falls for exactly that purpose. Even Hawaiian royalty used to sit on ti leaves around this pool and swim here.

The waterfall is accessible via the Judd Memorial Trail. The hike, which travels along the Nu'uanu Stream, is quite short - only about a half mile (800 m) from the trailhead to the falls. The trailhead begins on Nu'uanu Pali Road just south of the Nu'uanu Reservoir. Scenery on this hike includes Cook pines, eucalyptus, swamp mahogany, guava and bamboo. Remember to wear proper footwear, as the trail can be muddy, especially right after rainfall, and keep insect repellent handy as well.

CAUTION: As with all freshwater streams and waterfalls in Hawaii, Leptospirosis bacteria may be present in the water. Do not drink the water and keep water out of open wounds (including small scratches) and eyes.

Jackass Ginger Pook Overview

  • The falls is a 10-foot (3 m) cascade and the pool is a popular among swimming spot
  • One-mile roundtrip hike
  • Easy hike, but with a few stream crossings on boulders
  • Elevation gain on trail is 250 feet (76 m)

Nu'uan HI
Directions: From Honolulu, drive onto Pali Highway that leads to the windward side of Oahu. Turn right onto Nu'uanu Pali Drive. Stay right when after 0.3 miles (0.5 km) the road forks right at Old Pali Road. Continue on Nu'uanu Pali Drive and cross a stone bridge. About 0.8 miles (1.3 km) after the fork in the road, you pass a second bridge. After crossing it, look for a parking spot and look for the trailhead on your right.

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