Waimoku Falls is definitely worth a stop, if you can get there! As I mentioned in a previous post about one of the falls far downstream on Pipiwai Stream, it is not a simple drive to get to the southern portion of Haleakala National Park, where you can access Waimoku Falls.
Once you get there, though, and then hike the 2 miles to the falls, you’ll be rewarded with one of the taller waterfalls on Maui. At a 400′ drop, it is pretty impressive! The hike to the falls is really not that difficult. It is uphill most of the way, but the scenery is spectacular, there are a number of other falls along the way, and is not particularly strenuous. Even though there’s an elevation gain, it’s spread out over the 2 miles. I have to admit, though, that the falls themselves are deceptive. It’s really hard to grasp their height, especially in the photograph.
Near the main falls, there are a number of other wispier falls. Since it’s very rainy in the area, you’ll likely see those most of the year. It wasn’t extremely rainy when I visited, but the mist from the falls kept blurring my glasses and the camera lens. You could try getting even closer to the falls, but the mist might overwhelm you! 🙂
- From Hana, head south along the Highway to Hana. Be careful, but there really isn’t any other option!
- Pull into the visitor’s center parking lot for Haleakala National Park. Pay the fee, and then follow the signs to Waimoku Falls.
Accessibility: 4/10 (moderate/difficult)
Length of Hike: 3.2 miles round-trip
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