The most glorious hike is found on the Kipahulu side of Haleakala near the Seven Sacred Pools. The Kipahulu District of Haleakala National Park is justly famed for the beauty of its freshwater pools, but it also offers a fantastic hike up through the valley on Pipiwai Trail, to spectacular Waimoku Falls.
This is nature at its very best. A tropical rain forest full of spectacular views, waterfalls and stunning trails.
To obtain the full benefit of Hana and Haleakala hiking and camping may take several days. as well as an experienced guide – at least on the first day or two.
You can join Native Hawaiian guides from the Kipahulu ‘Ohana on a hike through history in the Kipahulu area of Haleakala National Park, visiting sites representing several eras, arriving at the inspiring beauty of Kapahu Living Farm™, where traditional lo’i kalo (taro patches) have been restored to active production with taro and other culturally important plants. You’ll learn firsthand about the local culture and legends that captivates the imagination and brings it to life. You can always check in with Hana Camp Gear about the best and most knowledgeable guides.
These photos were taken by Dale on a recent hike. There is so much to see that one day is really not enough. You could spend a week and barely scratch the surface of nature’s beauty.
The trail is inviting and captivating. It rejuvenates your soul just to be surrounded by so much spender. The feeling of peace is all consuming.
It’s about a 2 mile hike – but time passes quickly and almost feels timeless.
Would you believe there could be so many greens in the color chart?
The forest is so Disney-esk. The twisted branches make the hike and adventure through wonderland.
It is rumored that Walt Disney visited Hana in the 1930s and again in 1962 – maybe it inspired him to draw such creative forests in his full feature cartoons.
It takes a couple of hours to get to the top if you stop and gaze along the way – but it’s well worth the hike.
Even if you’re not a hiker, think of it as a walk through an enchanted forest and make this national forest your first goal.