Likeke Falls is a relatively small waterfall but the hike is super easy and short. There is not a pool at the bottom but you can climb up almost to the top of the falls (sort of dangerous but fun). There is also an awesome lookout that faces Kailua.
For the effort this is definitely worth it!
I parked at the Ko’olau Ballrooms and Conference Center since it has a humongous parking lot and the very southwest corner is exactly where the trail starts. There are two entrances to the trail that both converge after about 30 seconds–I like to use the AllTrails app because it helps know my position relative to the trail.
Likeke Falls Trail
The trail is pretty maintained and easy–nothing technical. Be sure to check the AllTrails app frequently because there is an unusual tree to the right of the trail that marks a right turn and you might miss it. I missed it and kept following the main path for about 10 minutes before realizing we were off course and had to turn around. I guess the trail heads in three different directions and was told there are other smaller waterfalls but I never found them.
Once you turn right the path is easy to recognize and follow. After about 10-20 minutes you should reach the falls! There is plenty of space to relax and take in the views and there may be a very small pool at the bottom. Also, opposite the falls there is a pretty nice view of Kailua.
Check out the photos and video below to get a sense of what to expect! Like I mentioned earlier, this is not an adventurous, challenging or particularly rewarding hike but if you want to take it easy or find a family-friendly waterfall hike then Likeke Falls is perfect!
For another easy, short hike, check out Manoa Falls – Short, Gorgeous Hike with Super Tall Falls