One of the most magical hikes on Maui, is Pipiwai Trail a true treasure of the National Park System that passes through diverse scenery that wraps around the waterfalls. There are no signs to point you to the entrance to this hike but you can find it is on the right just past mile marker 7.
The trail is within the amazing bamboo forest and overlooks the streams to 2 different waterfalls. The magical journey round trip, is 1.8 miles and its been said to be one of the most perfect on the island.
The trail begins just across the road from the parking lot, and you don’t have to walk very far (just over a half mile) before you come to the first set of large, impressive waterfalls: the Falls at Makahiku. These mighty thundering falls will probably be more than enough waterfall for most. It falls from 200’ and feels like a scene out of Tarzan with it’s jungle vines.
Still want more? Just a bit further and some rock-hopping over a usually tame stream this scenery-packed hike culminates at the base of sheer 400′ cliffs, with spectacular Waimoku Falls quite literally falling to Earth right in front of you. It’s truly impressive and it’s all here in Maui!
Tip: Take all warning signs seriously. Flash-flooding, rock falls and cliff/bridge jumping have taken several lives, and many natural dangers occur suddenly without warning. Take proper precaution. Do not swim under any of the falls or veer off the trail.
Key Info: (for trailhead @ HNP Kipahulu)
Mile Marker: #42 (Hana Hwy aka Hwy 31)
GPS Coordinates: 20.661458,-156.045299
Facilities: National Park Rangers, Information Facility, Camping (no permit req’d), grills, picnic tables and toilets. (No potable water.)
Fee: $10 – NPS Info: http://www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/kipahulu.htm