Lower Waikani Falls

Hana Highway, Hawaii, USA

About Lower Waikani Falls

Hiking Distance: roadside
Suggested Time:

Date first visited: 2003-09-01
Date last visited: 2007-02-23

Waterfall Latitude: 20.83486
Waterfall Longitude: -156.13683

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

Waikani Falls (sometimes I find it easier to think of it as Lower Waikani Falls) sits further downstream from the more famous “Three Bears.”

In our experience, this waterfall was best seen when it was raining.

Lower_Waikani_Falls_004_02232007 - Lower Waikani Falls seen from the road through the Wailua Settlement
Lower Waikani Falls seen from the road through the Wailua Settlement

When the rains were gone, the flow quickly diminished significantly thereby making it hardly worth the stop.

Trespassing for a Better View?

Forget it. The Wailua Settlement, where it seemed the best views of the falls would be, was a residential area where none of the residents appreciated visitors as evident with the plethora of No Trespassing signs.

Over the years, it seemed like there were more homes so the views got further and further away (typically over someone’s house like in the photo at the top of this page or directly below).

So given this trend in making this waterfall less appealing to see, I’d consider this basically for waterfall collectors.

That said, I have to admit that it does look impressive when it’s pumping (like it did during our September 2003 visit).


Waikani Falls (or Lower Waikani Falls) resides on the island of Maui, Hawaii. To my knowledge, it does not fall under an official authority’s jurisdiction. 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.

Lower_Waikani_Falls_001_02232007 - A more recent look at the falls in 2007
Road_to_Hana_038_09012003 - Waikani Falls in high flow in early September
Road_to_Hana_034_09012003 - Fog rolling in front of the falls during the heavy rain
Road_to_Hana_102_09032003 - Waikani Falls in low flow just two days after the a day of heavy rain in early September

The falls is best viewed from the quiet community of Wailua. However, because it’s a residential area I’d advise that you just get your view from the access road and then move on.

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). The Wailua Settlement is roughly over an hour drive (29 miles) east of Pa’ia.

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