Community Advisory: Makaha Ice Ponds

The public is reminded that Makaha Ice Ponds is located in an area managed by the Honolulu Board of Water Supply and community organizations working to restore the watershed. Contrary to posts found on social media, blogs, and various websites (hiking, travel, local activities, lifestyle, health and wellness, and general interest), Makaha Ice Ponds is not a hiking trail and is not accessible. There is no legal access. Please obey all posted signs.

no trespassing signAnyone attempting to reach Makaha Ice Ponds would be trespassing and subject to citation by the Honolulu Police Department. The land surrounding the falls support Oahu’s fresh water system, which supplies the drinking water resources for more than 1 million people on island. As such, BWS does not permit access of any kind so that the watershed stays pristine. Those cited are required to make a court appearance and may face fines up to $2,000, community service, and/or up to six months in prison.

As you plan your outdoor activities on Oahu, please respect the island’s fresh water resources by not intruding onto protected watershed land. Announcements regarding closures of or conditions on public trails managed by the State of Hawaii may be found online at