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“Closed to swimming”
Review of Ohe'o Gulch

Ohe'o Gulch
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

Disappointed that it was closed to swimming, which meant it was also closed to getting anywhere close to the water for a good view of the lower falls.

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Reviewed September 23, 2012

Some things to know before you go:

-If it has been raining heavily you cannot hike up to the upper pool or swim. This makes it a little less awesome, so make sure to check the weather before you go.

-Even if you think you won't be swimming bring a swimsuit! We didn't plan on swimming but we changed our minds (because it was so hot!) and ended up just swimming in our clothes. Clothes take forever to dry in humid weather (still so worth it)! However if you DO swim, still be careful as this is a flash flood area. If it is clear but there is a lot of rain forcasted for later it would be better to avoid swimming that day since rain up in the mountains can rush down and make conditions dangerous.

-Make sure to bring water shoes with a good grip even if you don't plan on swimming. In order to hike up to the top pool you need to go through the water, which gets about knee deep. The rocks are pretty slippery, so good shoes help. However, even then it's best to rely on your hands and not your feet to guide you through. It was much easier for me to put most of my weight on my hands and arms on the big dry rocks as I worked my way around them. Less weight on your feet means less slipping!

-Sunblock and bug spray is a must! If there's no wind the bugs can get bad, and I got a nasty sunburn because I forgot sunblock, and there isn't much shade when you are in and around the pools.

All in all it was a great visit. The views were incredible; falls and pools running into the crashing waves of the ocean below. You can hike along the falls to the upper pool and go for a swim if the water levels aren't high that day, which we did. The water was unbelievably refreshing and cool on such a hot day - it was well worth it!

Thank Stephanie T
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

We loved the 7 Sacred Pools. It had rained for several days, and we weren't able to swim in them, but the view was grand. The guides at the visitor center were helpful and genuinely nice. If you plan to be in Hana for a few days, your $10 entrance fee to the park will give you 3 days admittance, and you might be able to find a day when swimming is admissable.

Thank clamms6
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

After hiking the Pipiwai trail to the Waimoku Fall another spot to see in the Haleakala National Park is the Ohe'o Gulch (The Seven Sacred Pools). This is a small set of pools and cascades, they are about 30ft in total height, very popular for swimming but you must be very careful as it is rocky and slippery.
Walk from the parking lot down to the ocean, it's about 1 mile you go down to the pools and then up and around the back to the parking area.
The sacred pools name is just an attractive name given by the Hotel Hana around the 50s to attract people but is not related to the hawaiian leyends.
Expect humid weather and sudden heavy rain and winds. Sometimes you can see dolphins & turtles around (I did not see any) as there is a lot of food coming out of the stream (shrimp, rock climbing goby, other fish).
The National Park is wet, remote and far from hotels & restaurants, come prepared and make sure you bring enough water and snacks. You can also pack your food as there are picnic tables available.
You are responsible for your own safety in this natural area, please be careful.
Absolutely beautiful and breathtaking, I did not go for a swim on the pools as it started to rain and there is a risk on floading when it happens, but enjoyed the hike very much.
I suggest you to plan your trip early in the morning so that you can have a better weather.

Thank 688LindaS
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

After the long drive to Hana then hiking to the waterfall, a must see is the pools at the bottom. Be advised that the waters can be dangerous. The power of the water in this area is deceiving. I am quite adventurous, so I loved the challenge of crossing over the rocks.

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