Waterfalls of Maui

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Maui, known as the magic isle as well as the valley isle, is considered by many to be the most romantic island of the major Hawaiian Islands.

Although it's the second largest Hawaiian Island, it seemed to us to have a much more laid back feel than Oahu. Even though the Haleakala Volcano gets most of the headlines with its famed sunrise above the clouds and the bike ride down its slopes, it's the eastern slopes of Haleakala that give rise to most of the island's moist windward side. This means waterfalls are plentiful. In fact, you might see so many waterfalls here that you could end up suffering from a case of waterfall fatigue like we did.

Cutting through this wet windward side of Maui is the Highway to Hana. Along this road, we saw the majority of the island's numerous waterfalls - from a short jaunt away from the road to more involved hikes and scrambles. And even though the name Highway to Hana might suggest the journey ends at the town of Hana, don't stop there!

Beyond Hana, the famed Ohe'o Gulch (once dubbed the Seven Sacred Pools) is also on the eastern windward regions. In addition to picturesque swimming holes, Ohe'o Gulch features the 400ft Waimoku Falls - one of the few waterfalls of this calibur that is accessible to the public.

On the smaller western side of Maui, a few scattered waterfalls can be found. Among its western falls, however, is said to be the tallest waterfall on the island - Honokohau Falls. This waterfall, which we were only able to see by air, was said to have made a cameo appearance in one of the Jurassic Park movies.

With such a large collection of waterfalls that are reasonably within reach of most visitors, it shouldn't be surprising that a few of them on this island have managed to crack our Top 10 List of Hawaii's best waterfalls.

In addition to our favorites, there are still many more to be experienced. Find out which ones you'd like to visit or learn more about by browsing through the waterfalls below...

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Honokohau Falls

3 Honokohau Falls

Honokohau Valley / West Maui Mountains
View of the hidden waterfall in low flow

2.5 Lower Puohokamoa Falls

Hana Highway
The Upper Puohokamoa Falls

1 Upper Puohokamoa Falls

Hana Highway
Waikani Falls in the middle of a storm

2 Waikani Falls

Hana Highway
The Upper Waikani Falls in low flow

2 Upper Waikani Falls

Hana Highway
The Blue Pool

2 Helele'ike'oha Falls (The Blue Pool)

Hana Highway
Wailua Falls

2 Wailua Falls

Hana Highway
The Lower Pools of Oheo

2.5 The Lower Pools of Ohe'o

Haleakala National Park Kipahulu District
Makahiku Falls

2.5 Makahiku Falls

Haleakala National Park Kipahulu District
Waimoku Falls - at the end of Oheo Gulch

4 Waimoku Falls

Haleakala National Park Kipahulu District
The ephemeral Wailuaiki Falls

2 The Hana Highway Road Guide (incl. Other Hana Highway Waterfalls)

Hana Highway
Looking down at some falls below the footbridge

1.5 Other Ohe'o Gulch Waterfalls

Haleakala National Park Kipahulu District
Alelele Falls

2 Alelele Falls

Piilani Highway
Lower Makamakaole Falls in West Maui

2 Lower Makamaka'ole Falls

Waihee Ridge
Makamakaole Falls off the Waihee Ridge Trail

2 Makamaka'ole Falls

Waihee Ridge
Mananole Falls

1.5 Mana-nole Falls

Waihee Valley
Aliele Falls, located beyond Oheo Gulch

1 'Ali'ele Falls

Waihee Valley
Punalau Falls

2 Punalau Falls

Hana Highway
Twin Falls

1 Twin Falls

Hana Highway
Pua'a Ka'a Falls

1 Pua'a Ka'a Falls

Hana Highway

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