Ohe'o Gulch

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michigantraveler35
Benzonia, MI175 contributions
The Ohe’o Gulch (also called Seven Sacred Pools) is along the Kuloa Point Trail – an easy 1/2-mile loop that is partially along a stream to where major pools spill into the ocean. It was nice but not as pretty or as stunning as I'd imagined it would be. The pools were murky from the churning of the small waterfalls. In hindsight we would have rather spent more time at other sights along the Road to Hana instead of taking time to see this.
Written January 28, 2022
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Ryan
Charlotte, NC576 contributions
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The Seven Sacred Pools are actually closed more often than you’d think, so if that’s your main reason for going then you might want to call ahead. However, you can still view them from above on a very short trail. And the main reason you should be coming here is actually for the incredible Pīpīwai Trail... the gulch is just a bonus.
Written July 15, 2020
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Joe P
Estes Park, CO303 contributions
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The trail to see Ohe’o Gulch, actually called the Kuloa Point Trail, is a 1/2 mile loop trail that takes you out to where the Palikea stream meets the ocean. From there you see the mouth of the gulch with it’s surf and rocks to your right, and the Pools of Ohe’o, known as the Seven Sacred Pools, to your left. The trail leaves from the left side of the Kipahulu Visitor Center. We went counter clockwise and it is pretty level out to the point. There is a side trail that goes down along the edge of the gulch at that point, and it’s where you get your best views and pictures. Be careful at that point as it does drop off. The views here are great. We continued following the trail in the same direction, heading back towards the visitor center. The 80 feet of elevation gain is obviously on this return leg. If you have any mobility limitations like my wife does, you should probably go back the way you came. She did struggle a little, whereas the other direction would have been easy.
Written March 6, 2020
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Avi D
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Boy, were we underwhelmed by this one! The road to Hana contains so many great waterfalls that you can get up close to. Why drive the extra miles of narrow, poorly maintained road to Oheo just to walk along manicured paths that keep you far away from nature? Yeah, the sun-faded history boards about early Hawaiian culture in the area were informative, but you could get that in a book if it's really what you want. If you want waterfalls and pools then use the time to pull off the Road to Hana once or twice more and go see some of the (free) ones there. And if you were smart enough to stay overnight at Hana, then use your second morning to visit Red Sands or Venus Pool or the Heau and don't bother with The Seven Overhyped Pools.
Written December 7, 2021
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jimvons
Watsonville, CA41 contributions
The lower trail is an easy walk if you don't want to take the upper trail (.5 vs 4 mile RT). The views are spectacular either way. If you do take the longer hike and have taken the Hana Hwy, this needs to be your primary destination due to the time involved - adding other sightseeing on the road on the way BACK. It would have been nice to see it with a little more water flowing. Overall, it was a spectacular visit.
Written February 3, 2020
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Kurt H
Salt Lake City, UT354 contributions
About 0.5 mile walk/hike to the main falls area, or you can walk further up the trail to the bamboo forest and the larger falls. You have to pay the National Park fees to get into this area, so that'a a consideration for some. Overall, the beauty of the falls near the ocean we think makes these waterfalls better than some others on the Road to Hana. The challenge is that because of all the stops on the Road to Hana, most people probably either don't get this far, or are too pooped out by this point(!) One significant plus is this has much more extensive parking than all the other waterfalls on the way to Hana.
Written January 25, 2020
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Ryan S
Provo, UT18 contributions
The Oheo gulch was almost dry when we visited, so the pools weren't exactly cascading. And you can't swim in it anymore. This used to be a real highlight of the Road to Hana. Less so now. Probably not worth visiting unless you're going to hike Pipiwai Trail.
Written February 22, 2022
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Ls8989
Atlanta, GA48 contributions
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I’ve been here years ago when you could swim. Yesterday it was gated off and the view was nothing. Looked like a series of muddy ponds. And it’s not sacred at all- that’s just a marketing ploy. But, the warnings about gray sharks are real.
Written April 25, 2021
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Steamboat323
Windsor, CO572 contributions
The lower trail is just a half mile loop with nice views of the pools and coastline. We did this after the Pipiwai Trail. It's hot and not very shaded so plan accordingly. You can take some beautiful photos from the overlooks - some parts are sheer drop offs so watch where you are going and be careful. You aren't allowed to swim in the pools but it's cool to see.

You can access this trail at the same trailhead as Pipiwai trail, to the left of the parking lot and restrooms.
Written February 5, 2020
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MikiJuli
Los Angeles, CA79 contributions
A warning to people arriving later in the day to the national park where the pipiwai trail and o’heo pools are located- while Hawaiians may be lax casual about how fast they serve you lunch (a reason why we arrived after 3pm to the park to start our hike- due to eternal wait for our lunch near Hana) - the park rangers locked the park gates at 5 on the dot. We were hiking back from the bamboo forest (halfway of trail) and got back at 5:05 only to find that 8 cars had been locked in the park with no exit available. There were signs noting a 5pm closure- but seriously- no 15 minute grace period??? After half an hour of waiting- one of the cars fortunately has a tool kit and used it to take the gate off the hinges so we could exit. As soon as that happened someone in a pickup truck and without a park uniform showed up and tried to block our exit from the park. We pushed our way out anyway- but what I am not sure of is whether this is some sort of local scam to “save the tourists” and try to get a tip by them opening the gate- or if these people were really part of the park and coming back at a later time to teach the tourists a lesson??? Either way- unacceptable. So beware and make sure you are out of the park at the absurd 5pm closing time.
Written December 31, 2020
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