Pipiwai Trail
Pipiwai Trail
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A scenic hiking and horseback riding trail that features major waterfalls, beautiful pools and an eerie bamboo forest.
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  • 235vacationmom
    Minneapolis, Minnesota234 contributions
    An amazing hike with a lot to see
    We hiked the Pipiwai Trail last week after driving the Road to Hana. There had been a few periods of light drizzle on and off throughout the day, but the rain mostly held off while we were walking the hike. However, it was very very muddy, which didn’t seem to bother most people so long as you were prepared for it. Could be slippery. It took us about two hours to walk to the waterfall and back. We are a couple in our late 40s and in decent physical condition. We stopped for many photos on the way out but pretty much hiked straight back. There is such a variety of things to see along the way including a Stream, banyan tree, bamboo forest, and then ultimately a huge waterfall. it did rain a little as we got to the end of the hike but it only lasted a minute or two. There is a spacious parking lot here and also bathrooms and a water filling station. I would definitely recommend carrying water along with you.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 March 2023
  • Cliff B
    Liberty, Missouri7 contributions
    Banyan+Bamboo+Waterfall = Excellent Hike
    We hiked around a giant Banyan tree, through a Bamboo forest and ended at the giant Waimoku waterfall. If you enjoy an uphill hike with some challenging sections for the over 50 crowd then this is a great hike to take. We were closer to 3 hours. We enjoyed all there was to see on the way up. We concluded our hike with the falls of the O'heo Gulch that are found just below the trail.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 May 2023
  • Winning1
    Seattle, Washington101 contributions
    Worth driving the Road to Hana just to see this!!
    I drove the road to Hana just to do this hike and it was worth it. Seeing some small waterfalls and walking through the bamboo forest before the big waterfall at the top was awesome. It was cloudy and so the trail was shaded most of the way which helped. The rangers at the rangers station were nice and friendly. Overall would return here. Last year when I arrived they closed the gate at 5pm but one of the rangers told me they don’t close the gates anymore - confirm yourself!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 May 2023
  • elizabeth e
    Toronto, Canada39 contributions
    For the casual hiker and adventurer
    One of the highlights of our trip. It’s a trek, so bring water and good shoes and you get to the The waterfall at the enddddd. We went at the end of the day so it wasn’t as scorching hot and not as busy, but we got caught driving the back side of the volcano in the dark so be mindful of time. If you do the sunrise/sunset at Haleakala, your park ticket will work here within a certain timeframe.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 May 2023
  • John B
    3 contributions
    Amazing
    The hike is elevated with lots of rocks and tree roots. Make sure you wear good shoes that will get wet and muddy. The 400 ft waterfall at the end makes it worth the effort.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Journey811826
    8 contributions
    Great way to see the diversity of the island
    We drove straight through to the trail without stopping so we arrived around 9 a.m. It was a perfect start time. The trail wasn't too hard but does have a lot of roots, rocks and steps. Going through the bamboo forest was my kids' favorite part of this experience and we loved listening to the sounds of the bamboo in the wind. The waterfall at the end was pretty, but far away. We love hiking, so anything with new things to see excites us! We did this with 2 ten-year-olds. Wear sturdy shoes!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 30 July 2023
  • mnnofziger
    Nashville, Tennessee448 contributions
    Spectacular!
    So glad I did this hike! There were times I wondered if it was worth it. Come to find out, it absolutely was! The trail takes you through rocky climbs and a cool bamboo forest, what’s not to love! You finally rive at a nice waterfall view. Take time to look around, cool down, and then head all the way back down to where you began. A real journey!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Rajesh P
    31 contributions
    Pipiwai trail is a must for anyone doing road to Hana trip
    Bamboo forest was the highlight of our trip. Truly mesmerizing. Pay attention to the clattering sound of bamboo. So soothing and meditative. The falls and excellent weather with brilliant blue skies were a bonus
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 January 2024
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Rajesh P
Wash D.C.31 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Bamboo forest was the highlight of our trip. Truly mesmerizing. Pay attention to the clattering sound of bamboo. So soothing and meditative. The falls and excellent weather with brilliant blue skies were a bonus
Written 22 January 2024
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Matt Mills
London, Canada338 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
This was a pretty magical hike after a long drive to Hana.

The bamboo forest and waterfalls, along with other vegetation made it seem like it was straight out of Jurassic Park!

We had planned to hike all the way to the Seven Sacred Pools, but our grumpy 15-year old wanted to head home halfway through the hike. It had been a long day of driving and was quite warm out - so come prepared with proper trail or hiking shoes and plenty of drinking water.

Also highly recommend that you drive home the “opposite way” that you took to Hana…..take HI-37 (use google maps) - the road was a bit winding at first, but then turned into this magical Haleakala hill side with long ranches, cool terrain, roaming cattle, and incredible views of the ocean!!! It was truly magical.
Written 7 January 2024
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Buzanits
6 contributions
Dec 2022 • Friends
The drive there in narrow roads is worth it. But don't take the road from the west! An awful dirt road. The hike is great. Waterfalls, bamboo forest, wild pigs. And beautiful O'heo Gulch right in the near.
Written 14 November 2023
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Becky V
Norcross, GA338 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
My husband and I just did this hike during our recent trip to Maui. The trip is excellent. Walking through the Bamboo forest and seeing the waterfalls was amazing. The trail is well maintained.
Written 26 October 2023
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mnnofziger
Nashville, TN448 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
So glad I did this hike! There were times I wondered if it was worth it. Come to find out, it absolutely was! The trail takes you through rocky climbs and a cool bamboo forest, what’s not to love! You finally rive at a nice waterfall view. Take time to look around, cool down, and then head all the way back down to where you began. A real journey!
Written 30 July 2023
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Journey811826
8 contributions
Jul 2023
We drove straight through to the trail without stopping so we arrived around 9 a.m. It was a perfect start time. The trail wasn't too hard but does have a lot of roots, rocks and steps. Going through the bamboo forest was my kids' favorite part of this experience and we loved listening to the sounds of the bamboo in the wind. The waterfall at the end was pretty, but far away. We love hiking, so anything with new things to see excites us! We did this with 2 ten-year-olds. Wear sturdy shoes!
Written 30 July 2023
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John B
3 contributions
Jul 2023
The hike is elevated with lots of rocks and tree roots. Make sure you wear good shoes that will get wet and muddy. The 400 ft waterfall at the end makes it worth the effort.
Written 25 July 2023
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travelmakesUrich
Winter Garden, FL3,899 contributions
Apr 2023
It's not that this isn't a five star, it's that if you had to choose this or the larger section of the National Park, I'd definitely recommend the other. Nothing wrong with this one (unless the drive is a problem for you - it's beyond Hana on The Road to Hana drive, which features more than 40 one-lane bridges, narrow lanes, switchbacks, and cliff-side driving.

Also, my advice for those who arrive there at the end of the day when doing the Road to Hana, if you're tired or worn out when you arrive here, but want to say you saw something, after parking and walking past the Visitor's Center (the Visitor's Center will be on your right) you can start walking to the left, which is up (up up!) to the waterfall (we stopped 2/3 of the way up at the lower falls) and back down, or you can turn right and walk down a much more gently sloped path to the pools and the ocean. Spectacular views, an easier walk/hike, and that may matter at the end of a long day.

You could spend at least half a day here if you hiked all the way up and all the way down, depending on your speed climbing up, but 2 hours is probably about the time I would give it.
Written 24 June 2023
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elizabeth e
Toronto, Canada39 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
One of the highlights of our trip. It’s a trek, so bring water and good shoes and you get to the The waterfall at the enddddd. We went at the end of the day so it wasn’t as scorching hot and not as busy, but we got caught driving the back side of the volcano in the dark so be mindful of time. If you do the sunrise/sunset at Haleakala, your park ticket will work here within a certain timeframe.
Written 26 May 2023
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Mintchip586
United States70 contributions
May 2023
We got there around noon, so hottest part of the day and the trail was pretty rocky and roots, difficult for inexperienced hikers in their 50s and 60s. Good part of trail was shaded which was great, but we only made it to the Banyan tree before turning back. Bring water and good shoes!! Our senior lifetime national park pass covered it's cost so worth the stop compared to the more costly state parks. Lots of people on the trail as well.
Written 23 May 2023
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