Pipiwai Trail

Hana, Hawaii

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This is the best day hike on Maui. It takes you up alongside ’Ohe’o Stream, first through a guava orchard, then through a magical, musical bamboo forest, and on to an enchanting pool at the base of Waimoku Falls. Try to go early in the morning so you can savor the place in solitude. From the parking lot, cross HI 31, turn right (northeast) and follow the verge for about 50 yards to where an obvious trail cuts off to the left (west). The trail follows the edge of the cliff above Pipiwai Stream, among mountain apple and guava trees, both of which produce delicious fruit in spring and summer. Picking your way over tangles of roots, climb past several openings in the dense vegetation leading to trail spurs where you can watch cascades tumble into pools below. In about 0.5 mile you reach a lava-walled overlook of Makahiku Falls, 184 feet high. It can be spectacular or just a trickle, depending on recent weather. Do not try to climb down the cliff to get to the falls.

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"This is the best day hike on Maui. It takes you up alongside ’Ohe’o Stream, first through a guava orchard, then through a magical, musical bamboo forest, and on to an enchanting pool at the base of Waimoku Falls. Try to go early in the morning so you can savor the place in solitude.

From the parking lot, cross HI 31, turn right (northeast) and follow the verge for about 50 yards to where an obvious trail cuts off to the left (west). The trail follows the edge of the cliff above Pipiwai Stream, among mountain apple and guava trees, both of which produce delicious fruit in spring and summer. Picking your way over tangles of roots, climb past several openings in the dense vegetation leading to trail spurs where you can watch cascades tumble into pools below. In about 0.5 mile you reach a lava-walled overlook of Makahiku Falls, 184 feet high. It can be spectacular or just a trickle, depending on recent weather. Do not try to climb down the cliff to get to the falls."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hana
Distance: 3.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Haleakala National Park
Local Maps: USGS Hana
Driving Directions: Directions to Pipiwai Trail

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May 2018