Twin Falls

Hana Highway, Hawaii, USA

About Twin Falls

Hiking Distance: 1.5 miles round trip
Suggested Time: 45-60 minutes

Date first visited: 2007-02-24
Date last visited: 2007-02-24

Waterfall Latitude: 20.90303
Waterfall Longitude: -156.24383

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

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.

Twin_Falls_037_jx_02242007 - One of the Twin Falls
One of the Twin Falls

By the way, we only considered doing Hana Highway as an out-and-back two-day excursion thanks to the Big Island earthquake in 2006 that blocked off the road going all the way around East and Southeast Maui.

The Twin 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.

Hiking to Twin Falls

As for the trail to the falls, we had to follow a 4wd path with some balancing along ditch walls.

Twin_Falls_036_jx_02242007 - More ditches to walk
More ditches to walk

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.

Twin_Falls_031_jx_02242007 - The small upper tier of Twin Falls
The small upper tier of Twin Falls

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.

Twin_Falls_041_jx_02242007 - Another surprise swimming hole and cascading waterfall by the Twin Falls
Another surprise swimming hole and cascading waterfall by the Twin Falls

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.


Twin Falls resides on private property on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Since I generally don’t keep up with ownership situations, you may have to either go there and read the signs or contact someone beforehand. 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.

Twin_Falls_001_jx_02242007 - The big car park
Twin_Falls_002_jx_02242007 - The wide trail to the falls
Twin_Falls_008_jx_02242007 - Some balancing required on ditches like this
Twin_Falls_010_jx_02242007 - Still more balancing on ditches further along the way
Twin_Falls_038_jx_02242007 - We finally spotted the first Twin Falls, where there were several people ready to take a plunge off its top
Twin_Falls_027_jx_02242007 - The Upper Twin Falls (or second waterfall that we spotted)
Twin_Falls_018_jx_02242007 - Another look at that first Twin Falls
Twin_Falls_036_jx_02242007 - More ditches to walk
Twin_Falls_039_jx_02242007 - A relatively hidden cascade just off the Twin Falls Trail

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 in 2007, it was around midday (having driven back north from Hana).

For context, getting here from Hana was about 32 miles (or 90 minutes drive). Getting here from Ka’anapali or Lahaina was at least 42 miles (under 90 minutes drive).

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Been there, Love it (Twin Falls, Maui) June 21, 2014 6:47 am by Jeff Singleton - 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 pictured but there is one much prettier and larger. It is just passed the irrigation wall you have to cross. Beware, you have to wade in… ...Read More
Twin Falls Friend December 18, 2012 12:01 am by Debra Benson-Philpotts - 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 looking for him, his name is Westley. If anyone knows him pass my email address please. I would love you forever. ...Read More

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We Went Rappelling Down Waterfalls in Maui December 20, 2017 11:47 pm by Candy - We've been regular visitors to Maui for years, and usually do all the same things: We go beach-hopping, watch a luau, shop, take a snorkel cruise, and hang out at the resort. This year, we decided to do something totally different and see the Hana side of the island. We drove down the Road to… ...Read More
Aloha from Twin Falls, Maui, Hawaii August 11, 2009 9:40 pm by Twin Falls Resident - 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 towards the residents by keeping the noise volume at a minimum. We allow free passage to our treasured falls so all can enjoy. Aloha. ...Read More

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