Waimoku Falls via Pipiwai Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hana, Maui, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

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Haleakala National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. Waimoku Falls via Pipiwai Trail is a unique and very special waterfall hike in Haleakala National Park where your adventures begin even before you reach the trailhead. Maui’s Hana Highway is sixty miles of scenic but curvy coastal road, reportedly featuring 620 curves and 59 bridges, most of which are single-lane bridges. If you relish your driving experiences then the Road to Hana alone is a "must-do". The round trip to the falls and back takes in several great waterfalls before reaching the spectacular Waimoku Falls, and a boardwalk journey through dense, dark bamboo forest that you're unlikely to forget. There’s also an incredible banyan tree worth exploring. Please check the weather report before visiting as flash flooding can occur. The parking lot for this trailhead closes at 5 PM.

Haleakala National Park PO Box 369 Makawao HI 96768 For general park information, call (808) 572-4400. Recorded message is available 24-hours a day and will likely contain an answer to your question. To speak to a park representative, call the same number and press 0 during office hours of 8:00 am - 3:45 pm HST. Kipahulu (Coastal Area) For information specific to the Kipahulu area of the park, call the Kipahulu Visitor Center at (808) 248-7375 during office hours of 9am-5pm HST. Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, 2270 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 801 , Honolulu, HI, 96815, Phone: 800-GOHAWAII, Fax: 808-924-0290

Tips: - We strongly recommend an early start if you want to make good time on the Hana Highway. - The hike route is prone to flash flooding, so be aware of the weather forecast and do not attempt the hike under threat of rain. - As with all Hawaii hikes we recommend footwear with good grip, since the terrain can get a little slippy & muddy. - The fee to use this park is valid for several days and allows you to explore the Haleakala crater on the same pass

Directions from Oheo Gulch parking area: This trail leads from the Oheo Gulch parking area away from the ocean toward two large waterfalls.

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Gina Turdo
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Great, moderate hike! My husband and I got to the trip around 6am and made our way up with the sun. The banyan tree, bamboo and falls made this hike a really fun one and although easy, one of our favorites.

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Mary Downs
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While it was a bit crowded, this is a beautiful trail. The bamboo forest starts about 2 miles in, and the waterfall at the end is spectacular. There were a few wet/muddy parts. I’d recommend close toed shoes or sandals/water shoes.

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Andrew Lehr
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Great waterfalls and bamboo forest was magical. Very muddy and saw plenty of people trying it in flip flops which I wouldn’t necessarily recommend.

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Julie Brewer
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Beautiful! Lots of people, but the views make up for it.

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Tim Nault
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Wonderful trail. Bamboo forest was incredible and the falls are awesome at the top. Banyan tree is pretty noteworthy as well though we somewhat spoiled it by visiting the truly incredible one in Lahaina first. Very wet and muddy. Quite rocky in parts as well. Bring a rain jacket and good footwear. Only downside is it’s VERY busy—can hardly blame anyone since it is a must see, but it does detract a bit from the experience IMO.

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Ryan Lee
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The first half is pretty, the second half is mind blowing

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Eric W
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Glenn Fallucca
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Awesome hike. Nothing exciting until you reach the first waterfall pool and bamboo, so don’t turn back!

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Daniil Elterman
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Andrew Dalton
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Alexander Kiryushkin
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gianpaul ferioli
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Kristin Weust
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Lance McClelland
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It’s a beautifully unique hike due to the traditional island foliage. The bamboo forest, constant sounds of flowing water from the adjacent stream, the huge banyan tree, and the falls themselves make it a worthwhile hike. The inability to get close to the actual falls without risking a fine, lowers the overall rating for me. Other hikes on the Hana experience allow you to swim in the water from the actual falls.

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Patrick OConnor
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Worth it. If you are going to travel all the way to Hana then make sure and do this hike. Also make sure you go to the falls, obviously don’t stand under them, which the sign is trying to prevent, but getting up close is what makes the experience.

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Kathy Villanueva
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The best of the best hiking trails in Maui! FYI- super muddy and rocky. Gorgeous bamboo forest, felt like hiking in a jungle. You're rewarded with a 600ft high waterfall.

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Imelda Pimentel
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It was just amazing

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Lisa Knight
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This is a great trail if you are prepared. Currently muddy but not too bad if you have proper shoes. There is a good bit of elevation to gain so Flip flops are very dangerous and new Nikes will be ruined because of the black mud. (I saw both)

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Ashlee Allen Beutler
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The parking lot to the trail head closes at 5 PM then they lock the gate. Make sure to realize this one planning the hike.

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Brit Zerbo
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Epic trail! Muddy, but mud never hurt anyone! Impeccable view at the end. Hope to do it again when we come back next time!

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Olivia Krieger
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Beautiful!

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Bill Jones
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Great trail with great payoff at the end. Trail was rather busy even in rainy weather.

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Satish Gogineni
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Unique experience walking through the bamboo forest to see the waterfall. Easy hike and must do on The Road to Hana

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Andrew Coke
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Amazing!

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Jayde Wofford
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Incredible trail on the road to Hana. Even with the rain, and wet muddy conditions it was still magical hiking through the bamboo forest and up the lush mountain that ends at the falls. Waimoku falls are beautiful, you definitely feel like you hiked into another world. We went all the way to the base of the falls and I highly recommend. Wear water shoes if you want to cross over to that side. An absolute must do trail!

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Sarah Haastrup
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This trail is magical! So amazing even in the rain. The rocks can be a little slippery so I was glad we wore hiking boots. Go early to avoid crowds. We started at about 9 am.

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Leah Friedlander
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This trail is phenomenal. The falls are well worth the miles and you get rewarded with a bamboo forest, bridges, a huge banyan tree and other lovely views along the way. It was definitely muddy. It was also getting busier on the way out so go early!

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