Other Hana Highway Waterfalls

Hana Highway, Hawaii, USA

About Other Hana Highway Waterfalls

Hiking Distance: roadside
Suggested Time:

Date first visited: 2003-09-01
Date last visited: 2007-02-24

Waterfall Latitude: 20.82205
Waterfall Longitude: -156.13788

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

The Hana Highway Waterfalls page is where I’m summarizing the waterfalls of windward Maui seen along the Road to Hana. However, I’m only going to describe on this page what I’ve categorized as “minor waterfalls.”

By that, I’m referring to the unnamed (or even named) waterfalls you may spot during a Hana Highway driving tour but do not stand out on their own given their fickle flow.

Wailuaiki_Falls_009_02232007 - Wailua Iki Falls - one of the 'minor' waterfalls that I'm featuring on this page
Wailua Iki Falls – one of the ‘minor’ waterfalls that I’m featuring on this page

Now I’m sure a purist could probably make a case for some of the named waterfalls to each have a web page dedicated to them that ought to belong on this page and not be given special attention. I suppose it’s a subjective call.

On the flip side, there are way too many waterfalls to single out and devote web pages to, and that’s really the main reason why this page was born.

The “major waterfalls” have hyperlinks pointing to their respective dedicated pages so you can read more about them over there instead of cluttering this page.

So why should you care about this page?

Well, if you’re looking for a little waterfalls road guide, you may find this page useful because we’re listing out all the waterfalls that we’ve encountered in the order we’ve seen them (and how you’re likely to see them) driving in a clockwise direction towards Hana from Central Maui.

As added motivation to stop at some of the more obscure waterfalls described on this page, you may find that some are secluded swimming holes where you may be able to have it all to yourself!

Others may be hidden gems if you happen to be there at the right time. Then again, there may be others where access to them may be unreliable due to trespassing concerns.

Finally, I have to point out that it’s quite conceivable that most of the waterfalls in windward Maui may have had more reliable flow in the past.

Road_to_Hana_152_09032003 - After just two dry days, Paihi Falls went from gushing to not doing too well.  That's the feast and famine nature of most of East Maui's waterfalls
After just two dry days, Paihi Falls went from gushing to not doing too well. That’s the feast and famine nature of most of East Maui’s waterfalls

However, with the advent of East Maui Irrigation (EMI) ditches way upslope from the road, most of the streams no longer have reliable flow further downstream of those ditches.

I believe the reason why the ditches were there in the first place was to divert water towards Central Maui to feed thirsty sugar cane crops.

The bottom line is that you’re likely to find most of these waterfalls in a state that’s dry, trickling, or in a flooded state if it’s raining. It’s not likely you’re going to find them in an in-between or satisfying steady-flow state.

So without further ado, here’s the road guide down below (assuming clockwise direction). The tabs below show the minor waterfalls featured on this page.

For the condensed full list in order, check out the Directions Tab, which could be useful to print out and follow along as you tour this side of Maui…

Twin Falls

Twin_Falls_018_jx_02242007 - One of a handful of waterfalls at Twin Falls
One of a handful of waterfalls at Twin Falls

We have a dedicated page for this waterfall.

Waterfall on the Waikamoi Stream

Road_to_Hana_009_09012003 - Waterfall on the Waikamoi Stream. As you can see, it's quite visible from the road when it's this flooded.
Waterfall on the Waikamoi Stream. As you can see, it’s quite visible from the road when it’s this flooded.

This waterfall appears to flow only during heavy rain. Under such conditions, this one’s easy to spot.

I tried to get closer to the falls for a better look, but there’s too much growth and the scrambling got more difficult the further in I went.

Look for pullouts on both sides of the road, just before the Waikamoi Stream Bridge at the 10-mile post.

Lower_Puohokamoa_Falls_011_02232007 - Lower Puohokamoa Falls in lighter flow
Lower Puohokamoa Falls in lighter flow

We have a dedicated page for this waterfall.

Upper Puohokamoa Falls

Road_to_Hana_032_09012003 - Upper Puohokamoa Falls in high flow
Upper Puohokamoa Falls in high flow

We have a dedicated page for this waterfall.

Ha’ipua’ena Falls (Haipuaena Falls)

Road_to_Hana_094_09032003 - Ha'ipua'ena Falls
Ha’ipua’ena Falls

This tiny waterfall is just a short walk (less than 5 minutes) from the bridge over the Ha’ipua’ena Stream.

There’s a pullout here with parking for 1-2 cars about 0.5 miles past the 11-mile post.

Punalau Falls

Punalau_Falls_004_02232007 - Punalau Falls
Punalau Falls

We have a dedicated page for this waterfall.

Ching’s Pond

Chings_Pond_003_02232007 - Ching's Pond
Ching’s Pond

Also called the Sapphire Pool, it is a popular swimming hole, but the Keanae Taro Farmers have posted a No Trespassing sign to protect their taro fields.

Look for a large pullout next to private Pi’inau Road on the mauka side of the Ke’anae Stream bridge, about 0.8 miles past the 16-mile post.

From the pullout walk about 30ft past the Pa’ia side of the bridge, where you will encounter a fairly easy downhill path passing a very large tree with a “No Trespassing” sign.

Just a few paces down this path is Ching’s Pond.

Lower Waikani Falls

Lower_Waikani_Falls_004_02232007 - Lower Waikani Falls seem in high flow
Lower Waikani Falls seem in high flow

We have a dedicated page for this waterfall.

Upper Waikani Falls

Road_to_Hana_109_09032003 - Less is more when it comes to the Upper Waikani Falls, which is also known as the 'Three Bears Falls'
Less is more when it comes to the Upper Waikani Falls, which is also known as the ‘Three Bears Falls’

We have a dedicated page for this waterfall.

Wailua Iki Falls (Wailuaiki Falls)

Road_to_Hana_049_09012003 - Wailua Iki Falls in flooded state
Wailua Iki Falls in flooded state

I’m treating this cascade as an indicator as to whether you should bother looking for the 150ft Lower Wailuaiki Falls (or Lower Wailua Iki Falls) just on the other side (downstream) from the bridge.

This is viewable from the bridge about 0.9 miles past the 20-mile post.

The above photo is a shot of the cascade in a flooded state during a rain storm back in September 2003.

By the way, I’m actually not sure if this cascade is really the Wailua Iki Falls or if there’s a more significant waterfall further upstream by that name.

I figure for all intents and purposes, you’re not likely going to spot the waterfall further upstream due to trespassing, ruggedness, etc. So its use as an indicator for the next waterfall is warranted.

Lower Wailua Iki Falls (Lower Wailuaiki Falls)

Wailuaiki_Falls_010_02232007 - Lower Wailua Iki Falls in high flow
Lower Wailua Iki Falls in high flow

This waterfall is real easy to miss if you’re headed towards Hana, but real easy to spot if you’re going counterclockwise away from Hana.

This is that waterfall that just downstream of the indicator waterfall that I dubbed “Wailua Iki Falls.”

You can walk from the Wailua Iki Stream bridge by walking cautiously uphill (towards Hana) along the road to view the falls.

Another way to see it is to drive past the bridge towards a second pullout, then walk downhill (away from Hana) to view the falls.

Kopiliula Falls

Kopihula_Falls_002_02232007 - Kopiliula Falls or Kopihula Falls
Kopiliula Falls or Kopihula Falls

This waterfall had all the makings of a real powerful beauty to behold. Even though it’s visible from the road, accessing it is nontrivial due to the EMI (East Maui Irrigation) infrastructure built around the bridge by its stream.

There are pullouts on both sides of the road as you approach the bridge, 0.9 miles past the 21-mile post

Pua’a Ka’a Falls (or Puaa Kaa Falls)

Puaa_Kaa_Falls_003_02232007 - Pua'a Ka'a Falls
Pua’a Ka’a Falls

We have a dedicated page for this waterfall.

Kapaula Gulch

Road_to_Hana_053_09012003 - Ephemeral Waterfalls on Kapaula Stream
Ephemeral Waterfalls on Kapaula Stream

This attractive pair of twin waterfalls on the Kapaula Stream appears to only flow during heavy rain.

I’ve seen it disappear or trickle just one day after heavy rains subsided so it’s definitely ephemeral.

When it does flow, I’ve never been able to get a clean look at both falls.

There’s a pullout just past the Kapa’ula Stream bridge, next to a private 4wd road, about 0.6 miles past the 23-mile post. Once you’ve pulled out, you can walk towards the bridge for a look.

Hanawi Falls

Road_to_Hana_059_09012003 - Ephemeral Waterfalls on Kapaula Stream
Ephemeral Waterfalls on Kapaula Stream

This is a roadside waterfall that can be quite impressive when it’s raining hard – as in this photo. There are pullouts near the 24-mile post on both sides of the road and both ends of the Hanawi Stream bridge.

Note there’s a Lower Hanawi Falls, which is said to flow reliably because its stream was untouched by irrigation ditches (its watercourse flows through springs).

However, it requires a hike somewhere off the Nahiku Road and I understand that it goes through EMI land. From what I know, they haven’t granted permission to access it (though some people have tried and made it).

To be honest, we haven’t seriously tried to find it so we can’t really say more about it.

Makapipi Falls

Road_to_Hana_117_09032003 - Looking over the top of Makapipi Falls
Looking over the top of Makapipi Falls

This is a also roadside waterfall close to a bridge. Unfortunately, I was only able to get a top down view of it because I couldn’t find a way to get in front of it.

I’m sure there might be a way based on the presence of many “No Trespassing” signs here, but we don’t really have any intentions of testing the intent of those signs.

Look for this waterfall near the Nahiku Road turnoff at the milepost 25.

Nahiku Pond and Nahiku Landing

Nahiku_Pond_001_jx_02242007 - Nahiku Pond
Nahiku Pond

This could very well be one of the more extended stops along the Hana Highway that not a whole lot of people know about because it’s technically not on the main road itself.

Indeed, it’s actually at the end of the Nahiku Road (about 2.5 miles from Hana Highway). The Nahiku Road turnoff is at the 25 milepost past the Makapipi Falls bridge.

Among the benefits of coming out this way is a calm pool perfect for looking down the coastline towards the Keanae Peninsula. There’s also a nice little waterfall (pictured above) though that one is a bit hidden because it was not signed and the path was a little tricky to find.

From the end of the Nahiku Road at the Nahiku Landing, head about 150ft uphill from where the guard rail ends on the left side of the road. There’s an overgrown path leading down from the road and towards the stream. A little bit of scrambling along the stream gets you to this spot.

Nahiku_013_jx_02242007 - Waiokilo Falls way off in the distance
Waiokilo Falls way off in the distance

It may not look like it in this photo (you have to look REAL closely), but there is a waterfall leaping off the Keanae Peninsula right into the ocean!

This one is called Waiokilo Falls, and if you’re not flying a helicopter or boating the rough seas to get closer to it, then Nahiku Landing is probably the only place to view the falls.

As you can see in this photo, clearly a telephoto lens is necessary to bring it close enough to capture.

Helele’ike’oha Falls

Road_to_Hana_119_09032003 - Helele'ike'oha Falls in low flow
Helele’ike’oha Falls in low flow

We have a dedicated page for this waterfall.

Paihi Falls

Road_to_Hana_065_09012003 - Paihi Falls
Paihi Falls

Too bad this one doesn’t have pullouts around the bridge to get out of the car to take photos.

So what I’ve noticed that most people do is to slow down, stop on the bridge, have someone in the passenger seat take a photo, and then move on.

Otherwise, you’ll have to go all the way to Wailua Falls, then walk uphill towards this waterfall without getting in the way of traffic.

We saw this waterfall just as we crossed over a bridge as we descended into a gulch containing Wailua Falls.

On our latest trip here in 2007, the bridge over Paihi Stream was damaged from the October 2006 earthquake near Kona.

So they built a temporary bridge to bypass the original bridge, but that temporary bridge made it awkward to photograph this waterfall as you can see in the photo gallery below.

Wailua Falls

Wailua_Falls_010_02232007 - Mau'i's version of Wailua Falls
Mau’i’s version of Wailua Falls

We have a dedicated page for this waterfall.

Hahalawe Gulch

Road_to_Hana_154_09032003 - Hahalawe Gulch
Hahalawe Gulch

The Blue Bible dubbed this as the “Photo-sized Falls” (a lame name), but it’s really on the Hahalawe Stream.

Getting this view of the falls requires a steep scramble from a pullout near the 43-mile post, just past the Hahalawe Gulch bridge.

The pullout is about 0.9 miles past the 44-mile post. From the pullout, a steep primitive path goes underneath the road to the base of the falls.

Pua’a-Lu’u Falls (Puaa-Luu Falls)

Road_to_Hana_163_09032003 - Pua'a-Lu'u Falls
Pua’a-Lu’u Falls

I noticed this waterfall while driving between mile markers 43 and 42 (there might be a pullout near the white bridge I think).

Just beyond the bridge, there’s a roadside cliff and tiny hanging alcove on the mauka side containing a small shrine.

Pools of ‘Ohe’o

Road_to_Hana_179_09032003 - When the conditions allow for it, the Lower Pools of 'Ohe'o are a very popular swimming hole
When the conditions allow for it, the Lower Pools of ‘Ohe’o are a very popular swimming hole

We have a dedicated page for this waterfall.

Pipiwai Trail Waterfalls

Road_to_Hana_209_09032003 - A couple of the intermediate waterfalls on the Pipiwai Stream
A couple of the intermediate waterfalls on the Pipiwai Stream

We have a dedicated page for this waterfall.

Waimoku Falls

Road_to_Hana_226_09032003 - Waimoku Falls
Waimoku Falls

We have a dedicated page for this waterfall.

Kukui’ula Falls (Kukuiula Falls)

Road_to_Hana_072_09012003 - Kukui'ula Falls
Kukui’ula Falls

When you continue past Ohe’o Gulch and the road begins to become single lane and unpaved, you’ll have to look behind you when it’s raining to notice this waterfall spilling into the turbulent ocean.

I believe this one only flows if it’s raining as I had also seen it disappear two dry days after a day of heavy rain.

Alelele Falls

Road_to_Hana_259_09032003 - Alelele Falls
Alelele Falls

We have a dedicated page for this waterfall.


The Hana Highway Waterfalls reside on the island of Maui, Hawaii. To my knowledge, most of these waterfalls do not belong to a formal authority. However, for information or inquiries about the general area as well as current conditions, you may want to try visiting the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) website.

Road_to_Hana_015_09012003 - The waterfall on Waikamoi Stream
Hana_Hwy_011_jx_02242007 - Just to show you how quickly this waterfall shrinks, this photo was taken the day after heavy rains flooded all the gulches.  A short walk inland from the road got us to the edge of the pool.
Road_to_Hana_094_09032003 - Ha'ipua'ena Falls
Chings_Pond_007_02232007 - Ching's Pond
Chings_Pond_009_02232007 - We saw this sign on a tree next to the Pi'inau Road on our 2007 visit.  It caught our interest because we know invasive species have already wrecked just about all native wildlife in the Hawaiian Islands, and we're quite aware that Miconia calvescens is definitely not good news.
Hana_Hwy_002_jx_02232007 - Some random waterfall that Julie managed to take a photo of somewhere between the Upper Waikani Falls and the Wailua Iki Falls
Wailuaiki_Falls_001_02232007 - Cascade upstream from Lower Wailuaiki Falls
Road_to_Hana_111_09032003 - Here's a photo of the falls when not in flood.  This photo was taken just two rainless days after a day when remnants of a hurricane saturated windward Maui in 2003.
Kopihula_Falls_004_02232007 - Here's a photo of a rusted sign telling you to stay away.
Makapipi_Falls_003_jx_02232007 - Here's a top down photo of the Makapipi Falls when it was in a swollen state.
Makapipi_Falls_001_jx_02232007 - Just to show you I wasn't kidding about the No Trespassing signs, this was what we saw on our last visit here in 2007.
Nahiku_002_jx_02242007 - A pair of small springs or mini waterfalls going into a pool next to the ocean
Nahiku_003_jx_02242007 - If you turn around and look towards the ocean from the photo spot above, then you get this nice view of the coastline of the Keanae Peninsula.
Nahiku_037_jx_02242007 - Here's another view from Nahiku Landing.  This time, we're looking to the far right of the panorama towards these rocks jutting out to sea.
Nahiku_Pond_006_jx_02242007 - On the left side of this road, you can see that the trail of use to the Nahiku Pond is not that easy to spot.
Paihia_Falls_001_02232007 - Paihi Falls from the temporary bridge
Road_to_Hana_078_09012003 - Here's a more contextual view of Kukuiula Falls than what was shown above

See the list below…
Heading towards Hana…

  • Twin Falls [by mile post 2]
  • Waikamoi Stream [just before mile post 10]
  • Lower Puohokamoa Falls [0.8 miles past mile post 10]
  • Upper Puohokamoa Falls [by mile post 11]
  • Ha’ipua’ena Falls [0.5 miles past mile post 11]
  • Punalau Falls [0.25 miles past mile post 13]
  • Ching’s Pond [just before mile post 17]
  • Lower Waikani Falls [Wailua Settlement, turnoff past mile post 18]
  • Upper Waikani Falls [0.3 miles past mile post 19]
  • Wailua Iki Falls (Wailuaiki Falls)[0.9 miles past mile post 20]
  • Lower Wailua Iki Falls (Lower Wailuaiki Falls)[0.2 miles past mile most 21]
  • Kopiliula Falls[0.9 miles past mile post 21]
  • Pua’a Ka’a Falls [0.6 miles past mile post 22]
  • Kapaula Gulch[0.6 miles past mile post 23]
  • Hanawi Falls[just past mile post 24]
  • Makapipi Falls[just past mile post 25]
  • Nahiku Pond[Nahiku Road, turnoff just past mile post 25]
  • Helele’ike’oha Falls [‘Ula’ino Road, turnoff near mile post 31]

Going beyond Hana…

  • Paihi Falls[just before mile post 45]
  • Wailua Falls [0.7 miles past mile post 45]
  • Hahalawe Gulch[just before mile post 43]
  • Pua’a-lu’u Falls[0.1 mile past mile post 43]
  • Pools of ‘Ohe’o [just before mile post 42]
  • Pipiwai Trail to Waimoku Falls [same stop as Pools of ‘Ohe’o]
  • Kukui’ula Falls[just beyond mile post 39]
  • Alelele Falls [0.3 miles past mile post 39]

For a bit of context, we generally stay on the west side of Maui in either Lahaina or Ka’anapali. The drive from say Lahaina would require us to take Route 30 to Route 380 (taking roughly an hour without traffic). Once we’re near the town of Pa’ia, we’d then be on Hwy 36 (becoming the Road to Hana or Hwy 360). Getting to Hana would take at least 2 hours drive (45 miles) east of Pa’ia without stops.

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