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Maui, part 5: Bamboo Forest and Waterfalls Hike

By July 18, 2019 No Comments



(time-stamps below)

Swaying bamboo that chimes in the wind and filters the light, lush tropical air to fill your nostrils, a majestic banyan tree, ethereal waterfalls and cascades, serenading birds…this hike offers a buffet for your senses! I highly recommend it!

–This hike is in the Kīpahulu District of Haleakalā National Park. It’s about a 4-hr drive from Kahalui, one-way; I highly recommend spending a couple of nights in Hana, in order to afford a day to enjoy this hike, since it’s only about a 38-min drive from Hana. Starting the trail early will help avoid crowds, too.

–Kipahulu Area entrance: Mile Marker 42 Hana Hwy, Hana, HI 96713

–Please note that entrance fees need to be paid with a credit card; once purchased they are valid for both Kipahulu and Summit access, within a 3-day period.
https://www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/fees.htm

–There are restrooms at the Visitor Center but not along trails.

–Remember to bring drinking water.

–From the Pools of ‘Ohe’o to the waterfalls, folks have died from attempting to swim or access them. Please, stay on the trails; don’t jump from any cliffs or bridges into the pools.

“Be prepared for hot, humid weather year round. The weather can change rapidly; bring sun and rain protection. Wear sturdy, close-toed shoes on all trails. All trails are unpaved. Pets are not permitted on any trails.

Swimming is not recommended in the Kīpahulu District of the park. Water quality varies and violent flash floods or rock falls can occur in the stream at any time. Injuries and deaths have occurred. Visitors should always comply with signs, heed the guidance of park staff, and stay out of closed areas. It can take an ambulance up to 45 minutes to arrive at Kīpahulu from the nearest town. You are responsible for your own safety.

Diving and jumping are prohibited.
Do not bring glass into the ‘Ohe’o Gulch area.
Due to rough conditions, there is no safe ocean entry in Kīpahulu….”

https://www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/kipahulu.htm

“People can be infected with leptospirosis when the bacteria in freshwater streams, mud or animal urine gets into their eyes, nose and mouth or through broken skin.”
https://www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2019/03/department-of-health-issues-warning-to-prevent-leptospirosis-infections/

“In contrast to the summit, the weather in the Kīpahulu Area of the park is more mild and wet. Located on the windward (eastern) coast of the island, Kīpahulu receives an average of 187 inches (475cm) of rain each year. The proximity of the ocean and the trade winds moderate the temperature and keep it at a daytime average of 70°-80°F (21-27°C) year round. Night time lows average 65-75°F (18-24°C).”
https://www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/weather.htm

Point Forecast at Kīpahulu Visitor Center:
https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-156.04991&lat=20.66696#.XQQvqlW6Npg

NOAA Zone Forecast for Kīpahulu and Coastal Haleakalā:
https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?zoneid=HIZ020

“Where are the Seven Sacred Pools?
This is difficult to answer because they don’t exist – and never have. Some old guidebooks and misinformed tour guides may reference this place name. They are referring to the freshwater pools found at ‘Ohe’o Gulch in the coastal Kīpahulu Area of the park. There are far more than seven pools, and all freshwater is considered sacred in Hawaii where freshwater is the source of life.”
https://www.nps.gov/hale/faqs.htm

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Time-stamps
0:19 Kipahulu Visitor Center
0:26 on Kuloa Point Trail, to see the Pools of ‘Ohe’o
0:35 at the Pools of ‘Ohe’o
1:35 listening to the birds sing on the Pipiwai Trail
2:09 at the Makahiku Falls Lookout, watching the Tropicbirds and viewing the Falls
3:03 at the grand banyan tree
3:17 at the first metal bridge, leading into the bamboo forest
4:25 a the second bridge, and entering the forest
4:51 listening to the bamboo chime against each other in the wind and rain
5:38 bamboo leaning and fallen over
6:55 speeding things up
8:10 starting to transition from bamboo forest into junglescape
9:10 you can see the falls, now!
9:48 at Waimoku Falls
10:17 time-lapse from the falls back to the parking lot
12:30 sleeping grass distraction
14:58 crossing Hana Hwy

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Music used, with permission:
“Adventure,”
“Heart,”
and “Chasing Palm Trees,”
all by Ehrling: https://soundcloud.com/ehrling
You can also find/support his work on iTunes.

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