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Hidden Haipua’ena Falls in Maui

We stayed as a guest of the resort

Our family has done the road to Hana multiple times in the past, but every time we would always get stuck at the more “touristy” stops along the road. This year, my daughter and I did some research to find some more secluded stops that featured more waterfall swimming and less hiking. We left the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel around 8:00 and skipped Twin Falls for haipua’ena falls, and it was the best decision we ever made.

Since we arrived at the falls early, and most tourists were at Twin Falls, we had the entire waterfall and swimming pool to ourselves. The one thing that I loved about this swimming area is that it was about 10-20 feet from the road (perfect stop if you have grandparents or young children traveling with you).

The minute that I saw the waterfall, I took off my swim cover-up and got into the refreshing water. I swam around the pool for about 45 minutes with my children, and it was one of the most magical moments of our time in Maui. The island is so big and populated; it is rare to find a waterfall all to yourself.

Most of the audio tours and guidebooks advise tourists to skip this stop, but it is well worth it. If you plan on swimming, there are slippery rocks that lead into the water, so you’ll want to have your children wearing water shoes, and to be very cautious when entering the water. Also, there are a lot of mosquitos so wear bug repellent. Don’t forget to pack a lunch, plenty of water and towels.

There is a giant rope at the center of the pool for swinging into the water, but our family could not figure out how to access it. If you come when there are locals, I’m sure you’ll get to swing on a rope into the water.

Also, you’ll need to know that you are at risk of catching Leptospirosis when swimming in waterfalls. While there have not been many cases of it in Hawaii, I still want you to be aware of the risk. Don’t enter the water if you have any cuts, and don’t let your kids open their eyes underwater. Our family swam in multiple waterfalls, but you need to be aware of the risk (swim with caution).

The waterfall is located along the road to Hana at 1.5 miles past mile marker 10. Enjoy!

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