Our Road to Hana waterfalls guide is meant to highlight all of the major waterfalls on the Hana Highway on northeast Maui.
We've pulled this information directly from our exclusive Hana Highway Guidebook, so be sure to grab your copy. We'll provide details on each falls, including where you can find it and provide a photo we've snapped that should allow you to decide if it's a stop you'd like to make on your journey down the Road to Hana on Maui. All waterfalls are listed in the order you'll encounter them along the Hana Highway.
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Twins Falls is located at Mile Marker 2 on the Hana Highway. This is a very small waterfall and it sometimes can be difficult to actually locate the true Twin Falls. Several small falls are located at this stop.
Located at Mile Marker 10 Waikamoi Falls can often be completely dry (seaonal). However, if it's been raining the falls can really be flowing strong- as seen here.
Lower Puohokamoa Falls
Located 0.8 of a mile past Mile Marker 10 is Lower Puohokamoa Falls. The falls can be seen via a small pullout (where you have to go through a fence to see it) or you can see it from within the Garden of Eden, which is located just before the falls.
Upper Puohokamoa Falls
This waterfall can also be seen from within the Garden of Eden, and that's probably the best way to get a good look at it. The falls are now blocked from easy access at its location on the Highway, just past mile marker 11.
This small waterfall is located approximately a half mile past the 11 mile marker. There's a larger falls upstream, but it's difficult to get to. We typically skip this waterfall.
Punalau Valley Falls
Punalau Valley Falls takes a bit of rock skipping to access it. Located a quarter mile past the 13 mile marker, head mauka (inland) along the streambed up to the falls.
Ching's Pond & Falls
Ching's Pond or the Blue Sapphire Pools is a small falls located just 0.8th of a mile past mile marker 16. This is a popular spot with the locals, especially on weekends. Use caution swimming and NEVER dive into this (or any other) waterfall!
Upper Waikani Falls is located at about a half mile past mile marker 19. It's one of the most beautiful falls on the first portion of the drive.
Wailuaiki Falls is located near the 21 mile marker, but it can be very hard to find a parking spot to get out and take a photo. For that reason, we typically skip this falls.
Pua'a Ka'a Falls
This falls is located inside Pua'a Ka'a Wayside park at mile marker 22 on the Hana Highway. There are larger falls within the park, but none are easily accessible, so the small tranquil falls at the picnic area is probably what you'll want to enjoy.
Upper Hanawi Falls
Upper Hanawi Falls is located just after mile marker 24, and is almost always flowing. After a heavy rain, it really gets going and several new falls appear.
Makapipi Falls can be seen directly beneath the bridge at mile marker 25. Sometimes this falls may be dry; other times it can provide a unique angle from which to view a waterfall, as you can stand right above it and look directly down on it.
Now past Hana town, the mile markers are counting down. Located just beyond mile marker 46, this small falls is one we typically skip. But it's worth a mention.
Located just before Mile Marker 45, you'll pass this scenic falls on your right (mauka). It's a neat waterfall but it's difficult to find a place to park and get a photo.
This is, hands down, our favorite waterfalls on Maui. Wailua Falls located at Mile Marker 45. This is a wonderful falls and has a short path on the right side of the bridge that will even allow you to get a closer look if you'd like. Just be careful on the often slippery rocks.
Oheo Gulch Pools & Falls
The Oheo Gulch (or Seven Sacred Falls) offers a variety of spectacular falls, but the lower falls along the Kuloa Point Trail are some of the best (outside of hiking the Pipiwai Trail, of course).
Located about a half mile along the Pipiwai Trail, this gorgeous falls can often be obstructed by vegetation (or sometimes not even flowing if it has been dry), but when it's visible, it's an incredible sight.
Your rewards for hiking two miles along the Pipiwai Trail at the Oheo Gulch is the remarkable 400' Waimoku Falls. It's the tallest waterfall you can easily reach on the island of Maui. Great for a picnic lunch before continuing back along the trail to the Visitor Center.
Located inside Halekala National Park, this falls is a short hike inland at the Alelele Bridge at mile marker 39. When flowing, it's a sight to be seen.
Alelele Falls is also the last falls along the Piilani Highway, so if you're looking for more waterfalls, turn back around and visit your favorites from above.