Seven Sacred Pools
Seven Sacred Pools
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Donald B
Central Florida, FL172 contributions
Family
Took back road in. Its in good condition overall. About 3 hrs from Kahana.

Good weather. Around 76 at the pools. Ranger said they are closed due to high water. I dont get that. Been coming here since the 60s long before there was a ranger station here back in the days you just pulled into a field to park. The pools you normally swim in looked just fine to me.

I think this is a case of the park service being over protective.

We enjoy the drive - beautiful and rugged on back road, rain forest on Hana Hwy. Its up to you to decide if 6 hrs in the car is worth it with the risk the pools will be closed.
Written March 10, 2020
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Kristie M
Corona, CA23 contributions
On the road to Hana you have to make the stop here. You can no longer swim in the pools due to the flood system in place being damaged. Honestly, years ago we swam in them and if you are not careful, you can be taken out to the churn of the ocean below. It rained just before we started our road to Hana this trip, so the sea was churning like a washing machine down below the pools. Beautiful sight for sure. Wear study shoes not flip flops for the trails as they can be slippery. Be sure to go early as well to avoid crowds.
Written September 30, 2021
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Wayne Knapstad
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May 1973. Walked solo. Tried to get to the bottom of a horrendous sounding waterfall (Makahiku) Had no idea what it was, but it sounded good. Damn near died. Pulled myself out of a near death experience. Saved myself, should not have survived. Before all this tourist trails and beautiful experience stuff. Stay on the trail.Don't let me scare you off. I'm sure it's safe these days.
Written June 3, 2020
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BrianJ
Fallbrook, CA8 contributions
Couples
My wife and I took the reverse road to Hana starting in Kula to get to the location - this rarely traveled road itself was quite an adventure. Some parts were paved, others were not, but the drive itself made it worth it! Hugging cliffs on super narrow roads, spectacular coastline, dodging free range cattle - we rarely saw another car. Real, rural Hawaii! When we got to the trail to go to the pools tho, it was a bit of a let down .. super crowded, muddy, slippery and a gauntlet for my 50 something wife who is not used to hiking. When we got up to the spot where the first falls could be viewed, we turned back. We never saw any pools or even much of the thunderous water you could hear. We had the impression before we went that you could just stroll up to pools where water falls were pouring in, but that was not the case really. The forest was cool tho.
Written April 9, 2021
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Caribbean S
Richmond, Virginia, USA91 contributions
Family
There was only about 3 pools. Not much water at all. Very dry. No swimming allowed, only hiking per the ranger at the entrance. Nice views of the ocean. Bring bug spray because the mosquitos will get you. Plenty of parking available.
Written August 20, 2022
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Hélène L
Winnipeg, Canada5 contributions
Couples
Do not go if you expect to be able to swim in the pools. They are permanently closed. You can do a small loop 1mile to see the lower pool and the ocean and another trail about 2miles to go see the bamboo forest. For $25 parking fee.
Written July 5, 2021
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John S
Edmonton, Canada478 contributions
Family
Last time we were on Maui, we took tour bus around the road to Hana. My favorite stop on that tour was this site, but we were so rushed we couldn't do the hike. This time, we skipped the tour and drove ourselves straight to the Seven Pools.

We got up bright and early, and drove around the back way (not going through Hana) to beat the crowds here. Be advised that the road contains about a 7 mile stretch that is not paved, quite steep and quite narrow. The drive isn't for the faint of heart. Also, the rental car companies would prefer you not drive this stretch. If you rented a convertible, put the top up. My wife HATED this drive. Looking back, it wasn't so bad, but Murphy's law dictates that every time you meet an oncoming car, it's on a blind corner.

It's important to note that if there is a risk of flooding, they close this hike, so before you brave 2 hours on the scary roads, you should check that it's open on the day you want to go.

Once there, you pay $25 to enter the park. This pass is good for two days, so you could drive to the summit of the volcano on this same pass. Arriving early means there is tons of parking available. The hike to the top is lovely, going past a giant Banyan tree and through a bamboo forest. At the top, there are new signs since we were last here forbidding you from going to the very end. I went anyhow and it is beautiful there. Many people were swimming and sitting on rocks at the end of the hike. My daughter refused to go past the sign. Note that the hike is of moderate difficulty. If you have mobility issues or are quite out of shape, this hike will be difficult for you. It's mostly uphill, and there are many rocks and roots making the ground uneven.

Once we came back down, we visited the bottom pools, where you are allowed to swim. We were disappointed to find the water a murky brown colour. It wasn't like that last time we were here.
Written April 7, 2019
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Manzanitabay
Bainbridge Island, WA184 contributions
Family
We came during the federal government shut down, so no guard, ranger staff nor $25 parking fee. The 2 mile upland hike to a waterfall was muddy and nice. Not sure it was worth it. The lower two hikes to the pools and coastline were excellent. These hikes are easier and more scenic. Enjoyed swimming in a couple of the pools. As always, just use your common sense.
Written December 24, 2018
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Joe P
4 contributions
Couples
I visited this site decades ago. We were able to see and explore them at will. So was everyone else and the area surrounding this beautiful feature was worn by tens of thousands of feet.
Now, only two pools are visible from trails that are far from the water. Three of the pools are seen from a narrow, one lane vehicle bridge where you can't stop (unless there's no traffic) and where there's no where for a pedestrian to stand safely.
The surroundings have returned to their natural state. The problem is, we visitors can't see them. I might understand this over-swing of the pendulum if the pools were "sacred". Sacred, however, was a name applied to market Hana and a hotel there in the middle of the 20th century.
So, if you want to drive this insane road and spend a really long day to see 7 sacred pools, don't do it. You will be disappointed. However, the area is still beautiful and there is a pleasant 2 mile (one way) hike through a stunning bamboo forest to a huge waterfall.
Written February 21, 2018
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jbene777
Maui, HI222 contributions
Solo
Note: If you are conservative and not an adventure taker, 7 Pools, within the Haleakala National Park, can be a disappointment, to those that visit, when the gate to the waterfalls are closed :( This may or may not be a too conservative judgement by the Park Ranger, but it has been known to take the lives of those that don't listen to the warning. Especially when there are heavy rains above. Common Sense and a quick observation at the gate, will determine your next steps, as to taking the risk, in hoping over the railing to enter the falls area. *** Keep in mind, it is a $100 fine if a Park Ranger catches you, but a simple and honest, "I didn't know" may get you off. But, a low key and staying quiet is always best advised when jumping over the closed railing.

When the gate to the falls are open, it is an adventure and waterfall nuts paradise. Here's my best advise as a local. #1.) If you are one of those that loves to have something special and private to yourself kind of person, then go very early (4-5am). #2.) If you want the most convenient route, then go the backside and through Kula route. It only takes an hour and a half from Grandma's Coffee Shop in Keo Kea; which will be a good stop for coffee. Since you will be going so early, you will be one of the few on the road and going the opposite way, that time in the morning. When you arrive at 7 pools that early in the morning, you will probably have the falls to yourself. There is nothing more relaxing and having that feeling of independent solitude. In a piece of paradise on earth and in a refreshing 3 level tier falls. Each accessible and great for relaxing and taking a swim.

At the end of your time at the pools, you can either go across the street to hike the Bamboo Forrest or continue to drive towards Hana and opposite traffic. This alone will save a lot of time and you won't have the headache of waiting behind tourist traffic (Vans & Tour Buses). If you hike the Bamboo Forrest, plan on this being an all day event. It is 2 miles in to the falls, with many streams, bridges, and the arrival to a great fall. But, you have the 2 mile hike out back to your car across the street.

* Bring A Picnic Lunch & Bring a lot of water!!
* You can eat in Hana / Not very many places to eat at
* Make sure you leave with a tank of gas (Only 1 gas station in Hana)
* Bring some snacks at the least
* You can eat at one of the side of the road food carts after Wainapanapa National Park (Black Sand Beach)
* Bring Mosquito Repellent

On the way back you will have many waterfalls and photo opportunities. You will be doing the "Road to Hana" in reverse. Saving you a lot of time to see a lot more than the tourist on a Tour or the Individual Driver that does not know the road and will hold you up.
Written June 8, 2017
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