Hamama Falls: Follow The Gravel Road To This Restricted Waterfall

Note: Hamama Falls is not open to the public. It is illegal to hike this trail and to do so would be cause for citation or arrest. There is also a risk of falling boulders, landslides, and drowning. As our disclaimer partially reads: “I’m not your daddy, these are dangerous as sh*t hikes, even the simple ones, if you got [insert applicable disorder, disease, or physical impairment] don’t even think about it yo.” Also, consider these tips on Hiking Safely In Hawaii. Mahalo.

Hamama Falls is no Aiea Ridge. Of course it isn’t, you might be thinking. Hamama Falls is, well, a waterfall, and Aiea Ridge is a ridge hike. Yes, you’re right. The only reason why I bring up Aiea Ridge is because that was supposed to be the hike that this post should have been based on. This was not the case because the Exploration: Hawaii crew had a little too much fun the night before, exploring Downtown Honolulu in the dead of night. There was no time to wake up at 6am in the morning as planned to hike the twelve-mile grinder that is the Aiea Ridge Trail. Oh well. Instead, we hopped on a little used gravel road in the back of Kahaluu, and found a hidden gem of a waterfall.

Walking down the gravel road.

Early on, you’ll reach a part of the stream in which the locals like to jump in.


Another view of the stream.


Next to the LOST looking wall with the security camera will be this little shack and flower field.

Hiking up towards the falls.

To the right of the gravel trail you’ll be greeted by Hamama Falls and the distracting metal pipes that lie directly in front of it.

It’s hard to ignore those metal pipes, but if you can, then you’ll be able to appreciate this beautiful waterfall.

Someone left a baseball near the falls.

An unobstructed view of Hamama Falls.

Minimal hiking footwear.

It’s a small pool beneath the falls.

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  1. Love Hamama, though when I went it was a little dryer than what I’ve seen in these photos and others. Maybe I’ll go back after a good rain as there’s still another waterfall to see off the main trail called Waihee Falls. It’s supposed to be pretty as well.

    Aloha and thanks again for sharing these wonderful photos.

    • Hey Punynari, yup, we were actually supposed to go looking for Waihee Falls too on the way back from Hamama. We found the junction one the way up and then when we were coming down from Hamama we forgot all about the second falls! Oh well, gives another reason to go back!

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