Pools at Ohe'o, Haleakala National Park
Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Part of Haleakala National Park, Pools at Ohe'o features seven pools that flow into each other. Follow the 2.9 km (1.8 mi) trail from the pools to Waimoku Falls. Clear water moves over black volcanic rock that is overgrown with plants. Visitors are welcome to climb around the edge of the pools. Inquire at the park's ranger office about swimming conditions before taking a dip to avoid problems with flash flooding and bacteria. Arrange your visit to Pools at Ohe'o and discover more family-friendly attractions in Haleakala National Park using our Haleakala National Park tourist route planner.
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Sure, you can do the Pipiwai trail, but if you're pressed for time (or not into hiking), the 0.5 mile loop down to the O'heo Gulch is well worth the $20 admission into the Haleakala National Park. The... read more »
This is a very pretty area, but we were not allowed din the water, and the biggest waterfall was closed while we were there. Total bummer, but a good hike and great views. Hike is very easy for anyone... read more »
I visited Ohe'o Gulch yesterday for the second time in my life. The falls really were one of the highlights of my Hana Highway trip 15 years ago. Unfortunately, since then there was a tragic flash flo... read more »
If you've made the trip to Hana and you have the time, I'd say it's worth the extra drive to get to this park. It's a beautiful set of cascading pools that go all the way down to the ocean. You can swim in the brisk fresh water, and some even jump from one pool to another. Water shoes or grippy sandals are helpful as it is all smooth lava rock which gets pretty slick when wet. There is also hiking here. It is part of the Haleakala National park, so the entry fee applies, but if you planned on going to Haleakala within the allotted time of the entry pass you only have to pay once.
We'll not revisit this place, even if we were promised the pool would be open and no mud slide on "Road to Hana" to trap us for hours. We even bought the mobile app for "Road to Hana". The app is pretty good and made the trip way way better; however, the road itself sucks. I'm glad that we came counter clockwise from highway 31 to highway 360. We had some drizzles, but not enough to cause flash flood on highway 31 that is much better option than highly 360 if weather permits.
The top waterfall is a two mile hike through bamboo forest. Definitely worth it. Getting here is a tough drive though. Taking the Hana highway all the way around is very, very long. Taking the shorter highway there and back is better but the last twenty miles of this road are very narrow, busy, and and there are some bumpy stretches. Once there you are only 9 more miles from Hana. After the falls you can go there for dinner and to gas up. We took the same road back at night. It was quite and much more relaxing. Saw some amazing stars. Note that the falls and surrounding area has basically no amenities.
After hundreds of turns on Hana Highway and finally arriving at the Pools of 'Ohe'o we understood why this place is so special. The falls are spectacular to experience, especially with the surf crashing in right next to you. I suggest leaving super early to come here because of how long it can take you to drive Hana Highway with all the stops to make and other sightseers. Once you arrive it's a short walk to the lower pools and definitely worth the trip!
Bring a lunch, good hiking shoes, backpack. No flip flops! This will be a All Day adventure! This is a must trip you have to do! Bucket list !
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