Makahiku Falls

Location: Hawaii
Trip Starts: Kipahulu Visitor’s Center
Trip Ends: Kipahulu Visitor’s Center
Total Distance: 1 mile
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Trails Used: The Pipiwai Trail
Trail Traffic: Moderate
Trip Type: Day or Overnight
More Information:

Haleakala National Park
P.O. Box 369
Makawao, Maui, HI 96768


The Pipiwai Trail is a moderately strenuous 4 mile (6.3km) round trip trail. It winds upslope along the edge of Pipiwai Stream past several waterfalls and pools. The remains of a sugar mill dam, irrigation systems, and flumes of the late 1800’s can be seen in several places along the trail. The Makahiku Overlook is just .5 mile (.8km) up the trail and looks down on a beautiful 184-foot (56m) waterfall. Continue your hike over foot bridges above the stream and through the alien bamboo forest. The trail ends near the base of the 400-foot (122m) Waimoku Falls. Be prepared for rain, mud, and slippery mosses. Mosquitoes are very friendly here!

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