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“The elusive "Blue Pool"”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Blue Pool

Ranked #349 of 364 things to do in Maui
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Owner description: A spectacular oceanside waterfall.
Los Angeles, California
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“The elusive "Blue Pool"”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2010

We just got back from driving the Road to Hana....all day. We were using a "Lonely Planet" book from 2004, and after so many years, it was still very accurate!! There was only one section of the book where we became confused....the section about the "Blue Pool." As we headed down the dirt road that our guidebook directed us towards we noticed the "No Trespassing" signs.......there was no mention of this in our travel guide. Being the curious main-landers that we are, we decided to head down the path until we came upon the Botanical Gardens. At that point we asked the attendant, at the entrance to the gardens, about the Blue Pool. She kindly mentioned that due to the number of visitors, and it's proximity to people's private homes, the owners of the homes have asked visitors to not trespass. She thanked us for asking rather than simply entering people's properties without their permission. This being said there are SO MANY OTHER waterfalls, pools, plant life, and sights to see along the Road to Hana. It's worth it to show the locals some Aloha spirit, as so many of them have shown us the entire time we've been in Hawaii. Every day so many visitors pass along the Road to Hana in order to experience and see a part of Hawaii and a lifestyle that has been preserved, embodied by the fact that a 2004 guidebook was so accurate all except for the Blue Pool section. For those with a sense of entitlement, there's no wonder so many locals detest the tourism that has taken over many parts of the Hawaii they once knew. With so many other sites to see along the Road to Hana, and throughout Maui, why not just appreciate what our tax dollars, and so many of the locals, have done to preserve Hawaii.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Can we or can't we?”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2010

Just returned from a trip to Hawaii, Maui and Oahu (loved Maui could have skipped Oahu..). We of course did the Road to Hana drive. The drive overall is beautiful and definately worth it. We, along with everyone else, decided to try to go to the Blue Pool. As we were driving in we saw the first main sign that states for anyone going to the Blue Pool that they will be tresspassing and to turn around. We sat and contemplated since some had said to ignore the signs. As we were sitting there trying to decide a local pulled up beside and asked if we were lost. We said no, that we were planning on going to see the Blue Pool and that we didn't know if we could. He said oh yes, we could and it just down this road and drove off. Hearing this we thought it would be fine so we drove maybe a mile or two (slowly, no dust) and came upon a house on the left with a man (the angry man) shouting to get the hell out and that we were tresspassing. So, we turned around and left. We had not done anything disrespectful, we hadn't even left our car? Still confused as the whether we actually could have gone or if the man that told us to go was trying to get us in trouble or was trying to annoy the angry man? Sad we couldn't go but there are many other waterfalls and pools on the Road to Hana.

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mississippi
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“Blue Pools/ Angel Falls”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2009

Just returned 6/7/09 from Maui and visited the blue pools/Angle falls or at least tried too! After traveling down the road past several posted signs, we were able to get out and trek ALMOST to the blue pools. However, we were met by a grouchy native who wouoln;t let us go any further I'm from the south, and I did beg with her in my sweet southern drawl, but it still didn't work. This large hawaiin lady threatened us if we didn't get off HER land! Not sure what her problem was, but I did ask her if this was public property why we couldn;t stay, but she didn't seem to care. There were about 4 other cars that pulled in behing us and I wonder if it was just one car, if she would have minded.
We didn't see the falls, but I would still try again if I had the chance. So, if you are thinking aboug visiting this site, do so, cause you just might get to see a site few get to see. I will certainly try again on my next visit. Alohha!

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Orange County, CA
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“Enter at your own risk...”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2008

We had the 3rd ed of "Maui Revealed" (a book btw that most Hawaiians despise) which said to ignore the signs and simply drive down the road, park, and take a short hike to Blue Pool. The 4th ed. (which we should have purchased) advises tourists to no longer visit ("dangerous").

We went early Nov 2008. There was no one else on the road (as opposed to the usual crowds of the Hana Hwy). Even the kids at the side of the road are screaming at you to leave and crazy people coming out to yell profanities at you. It's just not worth it. They even have a "Blue Pool Info Center" which is basically a lady in a booth telling people not to go. It may be beautiful but you're on vacation, not an a covert ops mission. The rest of the Hana Hwy is beautiful and there are plenty of lagoons and pools and waterfall. No reason to spoil your vacation with an unsavory encounter with the natives.

It is technically public land (Blue Pool) but you do have to cross over private property to get there. If you're feeling strong and adventurous maybe you can give it a try but there's so much more to see, don't waste your time.

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dana point, ca
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“TIANNAMALIA Review Below = Blue Pool Crazy Guy”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2008

My wife and I had the distinct pleasure of meeting the one and only Hawaiian Santa Claus, the Crown Prince of Welfare. This is the same iddiot referenced in all the earlier reviews, in fact posting himself (tiannamalia).

We were respectful just as we've always been, driving slow, etc. Just as we were approaching the pool, the notorious red truck appeared and Santa gave us the "Trespassing" lecture. "Trespassing is a crime, yeah" - right. Trespassing on taxpayer-funded roads and reprimanded by a - wait for it -taxpayer-funded guy! True to form, Santa was rude, did his best to intimidate and was an obvious insult both to the Hawaiian people and his Puerto Rican heritage.

This was a crowning blow on top of several 'Private Property - Keep Out - Trespassing' situations (Venus Pool, several waterfalls on the Hana hwy). We've been coming to Hana for 10 years - have been telling so many friends over the years to go.

Hana's changed a lot. Sorry to say we're done recommending it and it'll be a very long time before we consider returning.

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