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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 clear. Haze. Lows around 68 at the shore to around 55 at 5000 feet. Southwest winds up to 10 mph.
Temperature: 70.9° F
Relative Humidity: 82%
Pressure: 29.96"
Dew Point: 65.1° F

Winds from the ESE at 3.0 mph gusting to 11.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:51 AM
Sunset: 5:45 PM
Weather reported from WGE Wailea, Kihei, HI (KHIKIHEI4)
Mostly sunny. Haze in the morning. A 20 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs around 81 at the shore to around 67 at 5000 feet. Southwest winds up to 10 mph until late afternoon becoming light.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers in the evening, then showers likely after midnight. Lows 65 to 70 at the shore to around 51 at 5000 feet. Light winds becoming north up to 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Partly sunny. Scattered showers in the morning, then isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs 54 to 79. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy with isolated showers in the evening, then mostly cloudy with scattered showers after midnight. Lows 44 to 68. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:12 AM
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