Maui The Seven Pools of Kipahulu

Hana, Hawaii 96713

Maui The Seven Pools of Kipahulu

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"The way to find Maui at its beautiful, unspoiled best is to drive down the twisting road to “heavenly Hana” where the likes of George Harrison, Kris Kristofferson, and Jim Nabors have settled, and where you will experience some of the most incredible mountainside hiking in the Pacific. Here are perhaps the most spectacular seaside cliffs in Hawaii, weaving along the coast, dipping down through green-ferned valleys, and crossing ravines with waterfalls plunging to the lava-formed coast far below. If you plan ahead, you can book one of the dozen cabins at the Waianapanapa State Park just outside Hana. They rent for only $10 per night.

Nearby, idyllic Hamoa Beach has been described as “one of the most beautiful curves of sand in the world” by James Michener. No visit to Maui is complete without paying homage to the Seven Pools where Charles Lindbergh lived and is buried. Thousands of feet of waterfalls are stretched up and down the back side of Haleakala between the enormous ponds. This is real adventure territory, leaving civilization far behind. The road deteriorates past Hana, twisting and turning over potholes, and the clearest sign warns “Caution: Pig Crossing.”"

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Short walk and you are not alowed to swin in the pools 🙁
This hike to Waimoku Falls, is not strenuous, although I recommend good hiking shoes because the trail can be rocky in places. You are walking through a forested area, so, expect humidity and take plenty of water. The favorite part of the hike for me was through the bamboo forest. It was a windy day, about mid-afternoon. The sound of the bamboo trees knocking against one another was amazing. Although bright sunshine prevailed, the dense covering made it seem like late evening, so don't start out on this hike late in the day. Obviously a popular hike, many of the people I met were poorly prepared, trying to hike the path in sandals and without adequate water. You may also want bug repellant! I believe the elevation change is about 600 feet, so the climb is gradual, but constant. The trail is clearly marked in most places, and you really can't get too far off of the trail. I understand that you used to be able to take a dip in the sacred pools, but, that is no longer permitted. Apparently there have been fatalities due to flash flooding. Plan 4 hours if you take the side trips and make it a casual hike. That will even provide time to sit on the boardwalk and listen to the bamboo. Just don't get so relaxed that you drift off!
Please get the details right .. be accurate with the names. This is the eastern segment of Haleakala National Park, near small town of Kipahulu, about 10 miles from Hana on the infamous Hana Highway, or Highway 31. We love visiting & exploring this area, yet it is so often called by the wrong names. The pools are correctly called the “Ohe’o Gulch Pools” in the Kipahulu District of Haleakala National Park. It is located in the Kipahulu Valley along the southeastern slope of Haleakala [Latitude: 20.66611 : Longitude: -156.04472]. Using the correct spelling / name of 'Ohe'o Gulch or 'Ohe'o Gulch Pools is a form of respect. The trail, which leads uphill along the gulch, offering streams, large plunge pools, waterfalls, hiking bridges, bamboo forest, and 400' high Waimoku Falls is called the Pipiwai Trail. Take your time, it is almost 2 miles up, but there is so much to experience along the way. Wear sun protection; a hat; carry water shoes for fording the final stream near Waimoku; and plenty of water; sunscreen & bug spray; also a small, portable rain poncho is a good idea. We carry dry clothes, in a plastic protector in our backpack, so we can change on our way back down. Plan on spending 3-4 hours with all the stops; and go as early in the AM as you can.

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