Pipiwai Trail

Top choice Hiking

in Kipahulu Area

This fun adventure trail is one of Maui's best. It ascends alongside the ʻOheʻo stream bed, has gorgeous waterfalls and includes an otherworldly trip through a bamboo grove. The trail starts on the mauka (inland) side of the visitor center and leads up to Makahiku Falls (0.5 miles) and Waimoku Falls (2 miles). Allow two hours return (4 miles total). Can be muddy.

Along the path you’ll pass large mango trees and patches of guava before coming to an overlook after about 10 minutes. Makahiku Falls, a long bridal-veil waterfall that drops into a deep gorge, is just off to the right. Thick green ferns cover the sides of 200ft basalt cliffs where the water cascades – a very rewarding scene for such a short walk.

Continuing along the main trail, you’ll walk beneath old banyan trees, cross Palikea Stream (bug spray advisable here) and enter the wonderland of the Bamboo Forest, where thick groves of bamboo bang together musically in the wind. The upper section is muddy, but boardwalks cover some of the worst bits. Beyond the bamboo forest is Waimoku Falls, a thin, lacy 400ft waterfall dropping down a sheer rock face. When you come out of the first grove you’ll see the waterfall in the distance. Forget swimming under Waimoku Falls – its pool is shallow and there’s a danger of falling rocks.

Wear your grippy water shoes for this one.