Little Hawaii Trail: easy waterfall hike with tropical vibes
The Little Hawaii Trail in Hong Kong is so named for a reason: it’s because of the Little Hawaii Falls and the tropical vibe. Although it’s known as a waterfall hike, the trail is located on the top of the main waterfall with smaller falls and rapids.
Located in the hills above Po Lam in Sai Kung, it’s one of the most beginner-friendly hikes that makes for a good half-day trip. Of course, you can make it longer by adding on a nearby hike – I suggest Duckling Hill.
Summary of Little Hawaii Trail
How long does Little Hawaii Hike take: 1 hour, but budget more time for a relaxed hike
Hike Difficulty: 0.5/5
Pros: very easy to hike, paved, with a pretty stream
Cons: tends to be crowded
How to get to Little Hawaii Falls from Polam
The Little Hawaii Falls is not a circular trail and makes for a very short hike point to point. It is easiest to hike it from the northern endpoint downhill to the southern endpoint, but either way is fine.
Note: we did it going up from Po Lam because we hiked to Duckling beforehand.
Po Lam Start for Little Hawaii Falls
You can walk from the Polam MTR station to the Little Hawaii Trail, just head towards the Tseung Kwan O Village Public Toilet, and go up the trail behind.
Tseng Lan Shue Start for Little Hawaii Falls
If you only want to hike downhill, starting from the Clear Water Bay Road where the Wilson Trail Section 3 starts.
The best way to get there is to take Bus 92 from Diamond Hill and get off at Tseung Lan Shue. You’d need to cross the road to reach the trail start.
The other common buses and minibuses that go there are:
The Little Hawaii hike is so popular that you can follow Google Map for the whole hike!
Little Hawaii Falls Hike (hiking up from Po Lam)
The Little Hawaii Trail Start
The start of the Little Hawaii Falls hike is well marked by wooden signs. There’s even a little seating area at the beginning if you want to take some time to get situated.
The trail is nicely paved and slopes upwards relatively gently, with glimpses of the city from time to time. The longest part of the hike is from the Po Lam start to the Little Hawaii Falls, which really isn’t that long at all.
Little Hawaii Falls
As mentioned, the main fall of the Little Hawaii Falls is not visible, but you can go towards the edge of the stream to the top of the waterfall but do be careful. The big rock is quite photogenic with the view of the city behind.
Once you cross the bridge, the trail continues up where there are a few more small waterfalls and rapids. I personally quite like this giant boulder – it has a sort of Taiwan vibe.
From there, it’s a short but steeper hike up passing some houses. Then we reach this gorgeous valley that reminds me of the walk in Ubud, Bali.
This is the Sam Long village, and the Wilson Trail Section 3 actually runs parallel but at the top.
At the end of the trail, you can turn right to go up to the bus stop or go back to Po Lam via Wilson Trail Section 3.
Wilson Trail Section 3 (back to Po Lam)
You can turn left and follow the Wilson Trail Section 3 south through the Sam Long village.
It links to a road at Au Tau and you can follow the tarmac road down until you see a staircase to the left.
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