“Seven Sacred Pools” is a name coined decades ago by the owner of what is now the Travaasa Hana hotel, previously the Hotel Hana Maui, for the purpose of marketing this spectacular, but then unknown, remote location to tourists.
Now part of Haleakala National Park, the National Park Service has added their own name to the mix, “Haleakala National Park, Kipahulu.”
This collection of many more than seven pools and waterfalls is absolutely spectacular!
‘Ohe’o – the original Hawaiian name – is an idyllic valley cut deep over 100 millennia by a rain forest stream coming down from the top of Haleakala volcano. The stream is punctuated regularly along its course by cascading waterfalls and plunge pools, until it empties into the deep-blue Hawaiian ocean along the rugged Kipahulu coastline (top photo).
The bamboo forest on the Pipiwai Trail
Another spectacular activity in the park, one that doesn’t get crowded, is mauka (uphill) of the road. It’s the Pipiwai Trail, which passes stunning vistas, pools and waterfalls, including the 200 ft. Makahiku Falls, tropical jungle, a bamboo forest, and ends at the base of the 400 ft. Waimoku Falls.
It’s hard to see the scale of a 400 ft. waterfall in a photograph. This is shot from the approach on the Pipiwai Trail, about 1/4 mile from the falls.