The Pipiwai Trail is an awesome adventure by itself but it’s a long way to travel for just a few hours.  Luckily there’s a lot more to do if  you want to make a day or two out of the adventure.

Road to Hana

Road to Hana (Credit: Wandrly Magazine)

Road to Hana

The Road to Hana is an excellent adventure in itself.  It’s beautiful views of the ocean, landscapes and waterfalls make it worth the trip.  Taking a tour bus with a guide can make sure that you don’t miss any of the great sites as you travel.  There are also audio tours that you can purchase.

Make sure to drive safe and slowly.  The road itself is a small curvy road.  Watch for yield signs and be friendly to other drivers.

Seven Sacred Pools

Pools at Ohe’o (Credit: Sandy Carter)

Pools at Ohe’o (Seven Sacred Pools)

7 swimming holes connected by waterfalls & hidden in the dense bamboo forest of Ohe’o Gulch.  The setting is utterly amazing to experience.  It’s no wonder this is one of the islands most popular attractions.  The Pools of ‘Ohe’o

Come early as it gets crowded as the day goes on.


Credit: National Parks Dept

Kipahulu Campgound (Credit: National Parks Dept)


There is a drive-up camp ground in Kipahulu that fits 100.  Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Permits and Reservations are not required or accepted.  3-day maximum stay.

The Kīpahulu campground is about 1/8 mile (.2km) south of the Kīpahulu Visitor Center. It overlooks ocean cliffs and is a short walk from ʻOheʻo Gulch. In the evenings, the sound of the ocean waves makes this a peaceful place. The campground has picnic tables, BBQ grills, and pit toilets. No water is available at Kīpahulu Campground; However, drinking water is available at the Kīpahulu Visitor Center restrooms. There are two general stores in the nearby town of Hāna (10 miles[16km] away) where you can purchase water and basic food supplies. Be prepared for rain, harsh sun, and mosquitoes.


Trail Sign

Other Trails nearby

Kuloa Point Trail

This 1/2-mile (round trip) trail leaves the Kīpahulu Visitor Center and continues past a Hawaiian cultural demonstration area to the Kuloa Point at the mouth of ‘Ohe’o Gulch. This trail is easy with an 80-foot elevation change each way.

Kahakai Trail

This 1/2-mile trail extends from Kuloa Point to the Kīpahulu Campground passing by archaeological sites and gorgeous ocean views.