Kuloa Point Trail is a 0.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hana, Hawaii that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.
The 0.6-mile Kuloa Point 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.
One of my all time favorite trails. Enter the Haelakala National Park ($20 parking fee) and park near the Visitors center unless you plan to camp overnight. Easy 10 minute Lower Loop trail takes you to Oheo Gulch and the Seven Sacred Pools. The Loop will take you back to Kuloa Point where Pipiwai trail is a must! Moderate hike but the serenity and scenery are amazing; large banyon tree, bamboo forest, breath-taking views of the stream and a waterfall at the end. Both hikes are open but the pools and touching the waterfall are closed due to flash floods and a fatality. Enjoy!
Great warm-up for the falls hike--though go early--as with everything in Hawaii--it gets very crowded.
Kind of hard to get to, but okay hike.
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 next to Oheo Gulch and the Seven Sacred Pools. It was crowded, hot 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. Also recommend driving around the south side of the island to not miss the spectacular scenery.