Seven Sacred Pools Trail ('Ohe'o Gulch)

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Seven Sacred Pools Trail ('Ohe'o Gulch) is a 0.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hana, Hawaii 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.

0.5 miles
88 feet

kid friendly



nature trips






wild flowers



no dogs

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.

1 month ago

Easy hike and good view of the pools. Due to lack of rainfall, the first falls were a trickle.

2 months ago

After paying the National Park entrance/parking fee of $20, I was disappointed to find out that the whole area is closed except for a view from the trail. The overgrown path down to the falls area is closed by a locked gate and fence and is impassable even if you are willing to break the law to get there. After 10 days without any rain, the falls was barely visible. But the road is often closed after any rains, due to downed trees and rockslides, so it you ever get to see it in full flow with falls access, you are EXTREMELY LUCKY!

3 months ago

Easy walk to see such beauty. Best on sunny day

3 months ago

Amazing picture taking. By 7 pools and also by ocean. Very kid friendly. But gates are closed cause water was to high. Take camera.

7 months ago


7 months ago

8 months ago

It is a long and beautiful drive on the Hana Highway to get to the park entrance. It had the nicest park rangers I've met. The trail itself was very easy and overlooked the pools. The pools are currently closed so you can't get close (rockslides concerns) so you won't really spend longer than 30 min here. I'm glad I saw it but I don't feel the need to go back.

11 months ago

Awesome!!! You will enjoy every minute of the hike there are a ton of views and waterfalls to see along the way!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The walk was great . It gets slushy in between especially after a good rain , it's easier to walk on the path less taken filled with grass which serves as a better grip. I didn get to see the seven pools but the waterfalls at the end was worth it .

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


Friday, October 21, 2016

Easy trail. Pools are nice.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Easy trail--but the pools are great!

Friday, September 09, 2016

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.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

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!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Lots of tourists, but worth the stop. Especially for a nice refreshing dip in the pools after the longer hike.

Friday, May 27, 2016


Wednesday, March 09, 2016

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.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Very pretty area, but very over crowded.

Friday, November 13, 2015

very easy walk not hike and a beautiful place! it's a must see

Saturday, September 05, 2015

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.

Friday, September 04, 2015


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Great views and awesome pools/waterfalls. However, be aware that the park closes the pools when there has been heavy rainfall.

Friday, June 26, 2015

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.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Loved it. My kids loved it too

Sunday, March 15, 2015

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.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Only four stars? We are doomed.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

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.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

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.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

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!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

So beautiful!! Stunning views and fun pools, bring your swimsuit.

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