Seven Sacred Pools Trail ('Ohe'o Gulch) is a 0.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hana, HI that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
Seven Sacred Pools Oheo Gulch, also known as the Kuloa Point Trail, is a 0.6 mile moderate loop located near Hana, Hawaii that features beautiful ocean views, lush vegetation, pools and a waterfall. Also known as the Kuloa Point Trail, this 0.6-mile loop leaves the Kpahulu Visitor Center and continues past a Hawaiian cultural demonstration area to Kuloa Point at the mouth of 'Ohe'o Gulch (take the right fork downhill and hike the loop counter-clockwise). The ocean can surprise you with rogue waves and can be very rough. Next hike the south side of the gulch area up along the beautiful pools and back to the visitor center and parking lot. Swimming is possible in the Kpahulu District of the park - but only when conditions allow. The freshwater pools at Oheo Gulch are prone to very dangerous flash floods caused by heavy rains high on the mountain. Injuries and deaths have occurred. Always check at the visitor center for current conditions before entering the water, obey all posted signs, and use your best judgment. Park rules: Diving and jumping are prohibited. Do not bring glass into the 'Ohe'o Gulch area. Due to rough conditions, there is no safe ocean entry in Kpahulu.
Easy trail. Pools are nice.
Easy trail--but the pools are great!
The View of the falls and the polls are beautiful. It looks just like the postcard and that's as close as you're going to get. You need to realize the US park service has closed pools to the public so you can only look, no touching the water. They do not allow you access to the pools any longer, so you may as well save the $20 entry fee and go to the beach and read about it.
Awesome and worth the drive! Fun to swim in the pools and watch people jumps off rocks. Wear water sandals or shoes. Bring a hat in case it rains...Careful of slippery rocks!
Lots of tourists, but worth the stop. Especially for a nice refreshing dip in the pools after the longer hike.
Beautiful, but crowded, tourist destination. My wife loved them, but remember to bring water shoes as the rocks are extremely slippery. Be aware of the conditions before jumping into any of the pools or swimming in streams.
Very pretty area, but very over crowded.
Michael S. P.
very easy walk not hike and a beautiful place! it's a must see
Beautiful place. Like others said, try to get there early. My advice is to camp over the night before and then get up early to see the pools with no one around.
Great views and awesome pools/waterfalls. However, be aware that the park closes the pools when there has been heavy rainfall.
Like most people, we loved our stop by the seven sacred pools. The water was cool, but not cold. As a downside, there were a lot of people there, but almost everyone was courteous and it didn't feel overcrowded.
Loved it. My kids loved it too
We stopped here on our drive along the Road to Hana. By the time we got here, we were a little tired, but we were glad to get out and walk around. If you brought swimsuits, there are places to take a dip. You must be prepared to climb a little if you want to see all 7 pools. There are restrooms and a gift shop. If you have a National Park Pass, bring it so you don't have to pay the entry fee. There are other trails in the area, but we only hiked by the pools. If you have the time, go on the 4 mile round trip to the falls from this same trail.
Only four stars? We are doomed.
Honestly I don't know what the fuss is. It's a very short loop that is just a bit of scenery. It's very pretty don't get me wrong but the scenery is much better from the other hike which the pools flow through.
We stopped past Hana on our clockwise drive around the eastern side of Maui at the Haleakala Kipahulu Visitor Center, drove to the overflow grass parking area and hiked below the visitor center toward the ocean and Kuloa Point. It was crowded and windy, the waves were crashing against the rocky shore and people were everywhere along the Oheo Gulch pools, jumping, swimming, wading and cooling off. I suspect early morning is best before the crowds arrive. After going up the left side of the gulch and back toward the visitor center, we took the road less traveled up the Pipiwai trail and the crowds were gone, the scenery surrealistic, much better. In heavy rains, the gulch becomes a raging torrent, but when it's nice and sunny, the pools are serene if no one is there. Not to miss on your Hana adventure, just get there early.
Breathtaking. Definitely worth the trip. The hike is not much more than a walk from the parking lot, but, wow. It's not the hike that you're there for.
Bring a swimsuit, and if you are leaving from the Lahaina area, leave early so you'll have plenty of time to swim and explore before having to head back!