5 Best Waterfall Hikes on Maui
See some of the most beautiful views on the Valley Isle from these trails, voted among the best in our 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards.
From the mountains to the sea, Maui is known for its lush landscapes and breathtaking views. No matter where you go on the island, you’re sure to see something beautiful. On your next road trip around the Valley Isle, lace up your hiking shoes and try out these waterfall hikes.
1. Road to Hāna
The Road to Hāna tops our list as the No. 1 attraction you don’t want to miss if you’re looking for great waterfall hikes on Maui. Spanning a little over 64 miles, the Road to Hāna, officially known as Hāna Highway, winds along the northeast coastline of the Valley Isle. It passes through lush rainforests, over roaring rivers and alongside some of the steepest cliffs on this side of the island. On your journey, you’ll pass several waterfall hiking trails, some visible from the highway. Before you set off on your tropical adventure, though, be sure to fill up on gas as there aren’t any service stations along the highway.
Nos. 2 and 5. Pīpīwai Trail and Waimoku Falls
A moderate 3.4 miles out and back, Pīpīwai Trail and Waimoku Falls—the same trail but listed at No. 2 and 5 on this list—is perfect for beginners and experts alike. On the trail, you’ll hike through a towering bamboo forest before reaching the 400-foot Waimoku Falls at the end. Along the way, you’ll also pass several smaller, but no less stunning, waterfalls. Although the path through the bamboo forest is a boardwalk, most other parts of the trail are muddy, so be sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes. The trailhead is across the street from the Kīpahulu Visitor Center in Haleakalā National Park.
3. Twin Falls Hike
Located along the Road to Hāna near the intersection of Route 36 and 360, the Twin Falls hike enters our list at No. 3. At 1.3 miles, this quick trek through the jungle will reward you with breathtaking scenery filled with lush native plants and, of course, the two waterfalls this hike is named for. Best of all, you can pack your swimsuit and enjoy the cool, refreshing water that awaits at the end of the hike. Because parts of the path weave through private property, be sure to stay on the trail.
4. ‘Īao Valley State Park
You don’t need to be an expert hiker to take in the gorgeous scenery at ‘Īao Valley State Park. With plenty of paved paths and stairs, this park is a must-see for people of all ages and skill levels. One of the most notable sights is the ‘Īao Needle, also known as Kuka‘emoku, which you can see from one of the paved paths in the park. At 1,200 feet tall, it’s a sight to behold. If you’re able to visit, make sure to prepare for rain—‘Īao Valley is the second-wettest place in Hawai‘i.