Kuloa Point Trail

Hiking in Kipahulu Area

Even if you’re tight on time, be sure to take this 20-minute (0.5-mile) stroll. The path runs from the visitor center to the lower pools and back. A few minutes down you’ll reach a broad grassy knoll with a gorgeous view of the Hana coast. On a clear day you can see Hawaiʻi (the Big Island) 30 miles away across ʻAlenuihaha Channel.

The large freshwater pools along the trail are terraced one atop the other and connected by gentle cascades. They may look calm, but flash floods have taken several lives here, so the Park Service does not recommend swimming in them.