Mana-nole Falls

Waihee Valley, Hawaii, USA

About Mana-nole Falls

Hiking Distance: 2 miles round trip (Waihee Ridge Trail); 4 miles round trip (Waihee Valley Trail)
Suggested Time: 1.5-2 hours (Waihe'e Valley Trail)

Date first visited: 2003-09-02
Date last visited: 2007-02-26

Waterfall Latitude: 20.92709
Waterfall Longitude: -156.56401

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

Mananole Falls (or Mana-nole Falls) is a light-flowing tall waterfall (supposedly 1000ft tall) deep in the Waihe’e Valley of West Maui.

I don’t think you can get close to the waterfall, but you can see it from above along the Waihe’e Ridge Trail and from below along the Waihe’e Valley Trail (as you can see from the photos on this page).

Waihee_Ridge_009_09022003 - Mana-nole Falls seen from the Waihe'e Ridge Trail
Mana-nole Falls seen from the Waihe’e Ridge Trail

Both times I have noticed this waterfall from terra firma were on our visit to Maui in September 2003.

The first one was from the Waihe’e Ridge Trail near the Waihe’e Valley Overlook. The second one was along the Waihe’e Valley Trail quite far into the hike before the Ali’ele Falls.

More recently in 2007, we did a chopper tour of West Maui and Molokai, and in that particular trip, we flew into Waihe’e Valley where we got to see this waterfall from closer up.


Mananole Falls resides on the island of Maui, Hawaii. To my knowledge, it does not belong to a formal authority. However, for information or inquiries about the general area as well as current conditions, you may want to try visiting the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) website.

Waihee_Ridge_004_09022003 - Waihe'e Valley Overlook from the Waihe'e Ridge Trail
Waihee_Ridge_010_09022003 - The day we did the Waihe'e Ridge Trail in 2003 also happened to be a very clear day so we could see the summit of Haleakala
Waihee_Valley_013_09022003 - View of Mana-nole Falls from deep in the Waihe'e Valley Trail
Waihee_Valley_018_09022003 - View of Mana-nole Falls and a smaller waterfall from deep in the Waihe'e Valley Trail
Blue_Hawaiian_Maui_Heli_036_02252007 - I believe this is Mana-nole Falls under the clouds as we flew in and out of Waihe'e Valley in 2007

For directions to the Waihe’e Ridge Trail see the Makamaka’ole Falls page. For directions to the Waihe’e Valley Trail, see the Ali’ele Falls page.

To provide you with a little context, we generally stay in West Maui in either Lahaina or Ka’anapali. The most straightforward drive from say Lahaina to Wailuku would be to drive south on Hwy 30 and wrap all the way around the south end of West Maui taking a little over a half-hour to go 22.5 miles. Both Waihe’e Ridge and Waihe’e Valley Trails are accessed north of Wailuku.

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Left to right sweep starting with Haleakala then ending at Waihee Valley from the Waihee Ridge Trail

Tagged with: maui, west maui, kahului, lahaina, kaanapali, hawaii, waterfall, waihee

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