Laie Falls

Laie Falls, Oahu

La'ie Falls is located near the town of La'ie on the northeastern shore of Oahu. It is accessible via the 7-mile (11.3 km) long (out and back) La'ie Ridge Trail. The waterfall drops 15 feet (4.5 m) into a pool at its base. Along the way, you can enjoy views of lush tropical foliage, the mountains and ocean.

The hike takes about 4 hours, depending on your pace. On the trail to the falls, you will go through pine forests, exposed ridges and bamboo forest-lined cliffs. There are also areas that are quite steep.

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.

La'ie Falls Overview

  • The falls can be a trickle to a cascade of water depending on the season that you visit
  • Hike is a 7-mile (11.3 km) roundtrip (about 4 hours)
  • Moderate to difficult hike – trail right before the waterfall is steep, first part of trail is eroded and slippery if it has recently rained
  • Elevation gain of trail is 600 feet (183 m)
  • Trail is closed on Sundays
  • Access permit required: To obtain a permit, contact Hawaii Reserves Inc. – phone: (808) 293-9201 Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm

Location:
Laie HI 96762
Directions: From Kamehameha Highway in La'ie, turn left on Naniloa Loop and drive through the traffic circle. Make a right turn onto Po'ohaili Street. When you see a sports field on your left, park next to it. The trailhead is located along Po'ohaili Street, behind the last residential buildings. Look for the trail sign and the metal gate.


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Reviews and Comments:
 
Got married here September 30, 1989. I think we were the first to get married in the "new" pavillion area. OUr guest enjoyed the park very much. Memories to last a lifetime. BTW we are still married! :-)
Dee Harrison, Thu Feb 06, 2014
 
I have been here a few times and seen the cliff divers show its so good and the gardens are huge, its easy to walk around but is quite a distance from the entrance to the falls. We spent most of the day here it has a cafe to eat lunch which was ok and look out for the canonball tree and spikey palms. A lovely day out well worth it.
Suzanne, Thu May 10, 2012