The 5-Minute Tantalus-Arboretum Trail

I should have kept driving. My initial plan was to hike through the Honolulu Mauka Trail System by spending a lazy Saturday hiking the Pauoa Flats, Nuuanu, and Judd Trails. I would use the Manoa Cliff Trail to access Pauoa Flats. The Manoa Cliff Trail was wet and muddy, but nice as usual. I was the only one on the trail, I guess everyone else was at the Dead Man’s Catwalk. Better for me. The bench along the Manoa Cliff Trail is one of my favorite places. It faces Manoa Falls, and on a good day, you can see it flowing from a distance.

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Lyon Arboretum Trail to Aihualama Falls: Native Plants, A Buddha, and a Haunted Seismograph Station

The popular Manoa Falls gets a lot of foot traffic from ecotours, tourists, and locals hiking in and out on a daily basis. Not too many people pay attention to another trail and waterfall that exists near the popular Manoa Falls trailhead. It’s called Aihualama Falls and the trailhead to this particular waterfall is just beyond the trailhead to Manoa Falls. Aihualama Falls is actually the end point of the Lyon Arboretum Trail, a living and breathing tropical rainforest and research unit of the University of Hawaii that falls administratively under the College of Natural Sciences.

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