Twin Falls

Hana Highway (Maui Island), Hawaii, USA

Rating: 1     Difficulty: 2
The first main waterfall we saw at Twin Falls
Twin Falls is a pair of waterfalls (at least) that for one reason or another we never bothered to visit either because we overlooked them or because we ran out of time.

That was until we finally decided to save this waterfall for last when we took our time doing the Hana Highway as an out-and-back two-day excursion (an option that was more attractive thanks to the Big Island earthquake in 2006 that blocked off the road going all the way around East and Southeast Maui).

The falls were on private land, but they were open to public use (donations welcomed). It was the first waterfall stop on the Hana Highway when heading from north to south (or the last waterfall stop when going the other way). The car park was spacious, and there was a food stand selling fresh local fruit during our visit.

More ditches to walk As for the trail to the falls, we had to follow a 4wd path with some balancing along ditch walls. Otherwise, it was very straight forward and easy up to what I'm calling the Lower Twin Falls (i.e. the first of the "twins"; see photo above). It took us around 15 minutes or so each way from the car park to this falls.

Then, we continued further (after all, there must be its twin, right?) where we scrambled up a pretty steep path (but in hindsight, there was an easier more sloping path, which we figured out on the way down) to get above this falls and then continue onwards. Some spur trails to the left go to the top of the falls, where we saw some daredevils jump off the top of the lower waterfall to the plunge pool below.

Anyways, at the top of the climb, the trail got a bit more primitive. After an additional 5 minutes or so of walking, we descended spur trails leading to what I'm calling the Upper Twin Falls. Though only 10-15ft tall, this one's got a wide and inviting plunge pool and seemed to be a bit less busier than the lower waterfall.

Finally, on the return from the Twin Falls back to the trailhead, there was a hidden cascade with a rope swing and a plunge pool favored by locals for swimming. I only went looking for it because I heard some rushing water in the bush somewhere. Otherwise, I wouldn't have known it was there. Anyways, this hidden waterfall was accessed by several slippery (muddy) downhill spur paths that started showing up on the right hand side of the trail just minutes after passing the concrete ford on the way back to the trailhead.

Note that I have to apologize for the substandard photos. The DSLR camera was accidentally dunked in saltwater earlier that day so only Julie's camera was available for use.

Directions: Twin Falls is hard to miss. Just past the 2-mile post is a large car park, a food stand, and a trail gate.

I don't recall what their hours are, but I know when we've gotten early starts to the Hana Highway drive (usually before 7am or 8am, I think), they weren't open. When we finally visited this place, it was around midday (having driven back north from Hana).




[Back to top]
PHOTO JOURNAL
Another look at that first Twin Falls
The Upper Twin Falls (or second waterfall that we managed to spot)
The big car parkThe big car park; as you can see, there was enough room to accommodate a few big tanks (i.e. SUVs and trucks).

The wide trail to the fallsThe wide trail to the falls

Some balancing required on ditches like thisSome balancing required on ditches like this

Still more balancing on ditches further along the wayStill more balancing on ditches further along the way

It was entertaining watching the indestructible young folks plunge off the top of the first waterfallIt was entertaining watching the indestructible young folks plunge off the top of the first waterfall

A relatively hidden cascade just off the Twin Falls TrailA relatively hidden cascade and pool just off the main trail


[Back to top]

VIDEOS OF THE FALLS



[Back to top]

MAP OF THE FALLS

View Larger Map




[Back to top]

TRIP REPORTS
For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




[Back to top]

TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




[Back to top]

NEARBY WATERFALLS


Have You Been To This Waterfall?

Share your experience!

Click here to see visitor comments for this waterfall

Click here to see visitor comments for other waterfalls that we've visited in this region

Click here to go to the Comments Main Page

Enter Your Title

What Other Visitors Have Said

Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...

Twin Falls Friend 
Yes I have, heavenly... This is the most beautiful place in the world... I had a friend who once lived right across the way from Twin Falls. I have …

Been there, Love it (Twin Falls, Maui) 
The pictures above don't acurately show the main waterfall. It is very tall and you can walk behind the waterfall in almost a cave. I have seen the falls …

Aloha from Twin Falls, Maui, Hawaii 
I live at Twin Falls . Most tour books don't tell you that in order to access Twin Falls you need to pass through private property. Please show respect …

Click here to write your own.



[Back to top]

[Go to the Maui Waterfalls Page]

[Go to the Hawai'i Page]

[Return from Twin Falls to the World of Waterfalls Home Page]





FOLLOW US ON:   Facebook   Twitter

Quick Navigation:


If you like this page,
you might also like...

A Maui Waterfall
Maui Waterfalls

Hawaii's Top 10
Hawaii's Top 10

Featured Visitor Stories
or Comments


The Tragedy of Sacred Falls
Prior to the Mothers day landslide that killed 8 people and injured 50 others, on Mothers Day of 1999, Sacred Falls State Park was my favorite hike on this Island...[more]


Gigantic Waterfall Hole
Ahoy! On or about June 1975, on an afternoon helicopter ride with Jack Harter, out of the Kauai Surf Hotel, Na'wili'wili, we were flying west of Kapa'a...[more]


Memories of Likeke Falls
I was stationed at Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station 1970 to 1972 and frequented the Likeke water falls (Oahu). Back then there was a trail off...[more]


Papalaua Falls
I am extremely familiar with Papalaua Falls. I used to run kayak trips down Koolau Moloka'i and will again someday. I also made two documentaries including the falls...[more]


Wailua Falls, Kauai
I loved Wailua Falls. We hiked to the bottom and swam in the gigantic pool. We got such beautiful pictures of our family. The hike was not well marked and very steep....[more]


Mountain Apples
I was stationed at Schofield Barracks from 1980-1983. I was introduced to Sacred Falls by some locals at my church. My fondest memory was climbing the hillsides on the trail...[more]


Likeke Falls - Easier path
I am a professional photographer and was turned onto this waterfall by a local tour company which took hikers up to Likeke waterfall on a daily basis...[more]