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Pipiwai Trail

Hawaii > Maui > Hana
Length4 mi
Elev. Gain800 ft
Difficulty3 / 5
Rating8 / 10
The trail takes you along a beautiful stream, passing through Oheo Gulch and ultimately reaching the 400-foot Waimoku Falls which is one of the largest in Maui.

The trail starts from the rim of the parking lot from where you have to cross a stream to enter a forest of guava trees and grasses. You start ascending the stone steps before it levels up. Pass through the green level land and start climbing again. There are certain points in Oheo Gulch with smaller cascades and pools. At 0.5 miles you will reach a marked lookout to the Makahiku Falls.

There is a gate at 1.5 miles from the falls which you need to cross to come near a giant banyan tree straight ahead. Continue the trail as it widens up and at 0.2 mile you will find a spur trail to your right. Take the trail that leads you through a rocky path to foamy cascades. Carry on along the stream and look for small cascades and pools to your right. Then you have to cross two bridges and at 0.8 miles from the big falls after crossing the second bridge, you will enter a bamboo forest. Follow wood pathways to enter further into the forest. Cross a stream before you find the Waimoku Falls with a huge pool ahead.

Best time to go
The best time to go is during the winter when the waterfalls are to their fullest.

$10 per car or $5 per person

Trails Illustrated: Haleakala National Park
USGS: Hana

Trail Map
Haleakala National Park
By Trails Illustrated
Hike Featured In...
Best Hiking Trips in Hawaii
By Pamela Wright
Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
20° 39.734' N
156° 2.727' W

Driving Directions:
You need to go along the Hana Highway which is 10 miles south to the entrance of Haleakala National Park at Kipahulu. The trail starts from the parking lot and passes the street to reach the waterfalls.
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Weather Report for Hana, HI
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows around 71 at the shore to around 54 at 5000 feet. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Temperature: 72.7° F
Relative Humidity: 85%
Pressure: 30.01"
Dew Point: 67.8° F

Winds from the East at 2.0 mph gusting to 2.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:21 AM
Sunset: 5:55 PM
Weather reported from WGE Wailea, Kihei, HI (KHIKIHEI4)
Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Scattered showers. Highs around 80 at the shore to around 68 at 5000 feet. East winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Scattered showers. Haze. Lows around 72 at the shore to around 55 at 5000 feet. Light winds. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Partly sunny. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then showers likely and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 64 to 86. Light winds becoming east around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Monday Night
Cloudy. Occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms in the evening, then scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Haze through the night. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 50 to 73. Light winds. Chance of rain 90 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 10/22/2017 10:18 PM
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