WAILUA FALLS AND THE SEVEN POOLS
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September 25th, 2008 – by: mellemel8
WOW THIS IS ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL SIDE OF MAUI I HAVE EVER SEEN
We went to Wailua Falls.
One of the guys dared me to hike on the side of the waterfall.
We took many photos with Wailua Falls.
I bought “A’s” Shaved ice, pineapple, coconut, and honey dew.
“A” was shopping at the street vendors.
We took photos of another big banyan tree.
I tried to ride it like a “stripper pole”
We went to the seven sacred pools.
We hung out and we feel at peace with the nature.
“A” and I were taking turns taking photos of each other.
I did my “queen of the world” photo.
I did natural photos of “A”
“A” and I were goofing around at our "high school” silly poses
We were helping other couple take photos of them.
The 2 guys on our shuttle van loved hanging out with us.
We took silly photos them pretending they were falling of the side of the cliff.
We were all cracking up that everybody were looking at us.
We hike up the side of the seven pools.
We took more photos there.
We hike through the forest, I was concerned I was going to get bitten by mosquitoes, which we were bitten just standing there taking photos.
We were also the last ones on the shuttle……well ME. “A” would be dragging me back to the van.
MORE MEMORIES AS I WILL ADD AS A REMEMBER....
Just beyond mile marker 45 on the Hana Highway after it turns into Highway 31 you’ll reach one of the most gorgeous falls in all of Hawai‘i, Wailua Falls.
There is a short path to the base of the falls, but it can be tricky so use caution. The water flow varies but is usually pretty at any rate throughout the year. Upstream exists Kekuapo‘owai Falls, but unfortunately it is only visible by helicopter.
Pua'a Lu'u Falls and another small waterfall (Hahalawe Falls) are both located a little farther down the road from Wailua Falls. There's a pullout on the side of the road past the bridge at Pua'a Lu'u Falls, and the short path (look for the giant tree) downstream to the falls is also worth a brief stop.
A truly impressive water along Hana Highway is Wailua Falls. The water drops 200-feet down a sharp cliff that is surrounded by vegetation. The air may be filled with mist as you walk to the base of the mossy grotto at the foot of the falls. The falls can be seen from the highway, but take the time to make the short hike to the base of this waterfall to enjoy its beauty and majesty.
Located seven miles south of Hana at Mile Marker #45 off the Hana Highway.
* Be careful when walking on the paths to the falls as they are often damp and slippery.
* Wailua Falls is best in the morning when the sun is shining on it.
* Water flow varies depending on recent rainfall but this waterfall is usually beautiful at any time.
Seven Sacred Pools a.k.a. O'heo Gulch
This series of lovely waterfalls and tranquil pools trails through the O'heo Gulch and flows into the ocean nearby. The Pipiwai Streams feeds these falls and numerous pool (more than 7) starting 2 miles inland. But the easiest to reach and the nicest pools are located near the shoreline.
The land where the Seven Sacred Pools are situated was donated to the Haleakala National Park system so that the pools would forever be open to the public. This is a natural playground for locals and tourists alike.
The area is always crowded on weekends and, even though there is a large gravel parking lot, it is often full. Come early to get a spot or stay in Hana, only 10 miles away, to assure an arrival by 10am.
The Pipiwai Trail, above the Seven Sacred Pools, is one of the best hikes on Maui. It is 4 miles roundtrip, gaining 650-feet in elevation. It takes 2 1/2 - 5 hours to hike, depending on how much nature loving you do. There are several great waterfalls along the route with the final destination fall being Waimoku Falls, falling 400-feet down a sheer lava rock wall.
Along the Pipiwai Trail is Infinity Pool.
* Numerous pools and waterfalls
* Great hikes
* Historical site and heaiu nearby
* Beautiful, picturesque setting
* Restrooms (porta-potties)
* Large, gravel parking lot
* Concessions usually available on the weekends
More Useful Information:
* No lifeguards
* Use extreme caution before jumping into the pools - check for hidden rocks and depth of pool first
* Never dive into the pools
* Lava rock is VERY slippery when wet - wear beach shoes for protection and safety
* Bring water
* 1/2 mile loop trail leads to the pools
Take Highway 30 to Hana which turns into Highway 31 after Hana.
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