Seven Sacred Pools / Ohe'o Gulch

4.5 stars from 7 reviews
Address 41448 Hana Hwy, Kula, HI 96790
An amazing nature hike that ends with freshwater pools and ocean views.

Features
• General: Cost: Paid • General: National Park
• General: Photo Opportunity • Hiking: Hiking
• Hiking: Kid Friendly • Hiking: Length: 0-1 Miles
• Hiking: Level: Easy • Hiking: Nature Walk
• Hiking: Out & Back Trail • Sightseeing: Great Views
• Sightseeing: Waterfalls • Flying Activities: Helicopters

Matt Anderson's Take
NOTE: The Pools of 'Ohe'o in the Kipahulu District are CLOSED indefinitely due to safety concerns with rockslides. Hiking trails in Kipahulu remain open.

The Seven Sacred Pools is an incredibly popular place and we highly recommend making the trip if you are planning to do the Road To Hana (which we also highly recommend).


The pools are located along the Hana Highway and is part of Haleakala National Park. It's just over 10 miles south of the main town area of Hana (and the Travaasa Hotel Hana) which means it will take around 30 minutes or so to get here from Hana town.


Once here you'll park and pay a small parking fee and take a short hike (about 1/4 mile) to the pools and waterfalls. Before heading down, be sure to talk with park rangers in the visitor center to check on current conditions. The longer hike is called the Pipiwai Trail and is worth checking out as well.


The pools can be a fun place to swim but it's important to make sure conditions are good, and even we don't recommend it for the average person because of the danger involved. You could easily get caught in a Flash Flood here from heavy rains up in the mountains which have caused serious injuries and even deaths. Even if conditions are perfect, swimming here isn't for everyone and if you jump in you do so at your own risk. If you have kids skip the swimming for sure, it's not for them.


Although this place is known as the Seven Sacred Pools, you'll actually only find three main pools but Seven Sacred Pools does have a nice ring to it, right? The real name is Ohe'o Gulch which is slightly less inviting.


The pools here are freshwater which means that there is always a risk of Leptospirosis, but it seems as though this place isn't really impacted by Lepto. When in doubt, check with the rangers at the visitor center first.


Even if you don't plan to swim, it's a beautiful place to see an experience. The hike is easy and short, the views are excellent, and it's just a very peaceful place to be. I highly recommend it!


The best time to go is early in the morning since it will take time to get here unless you're stay in Hana. It will start to get crowded after noon or so as most visitors make their way around and over here.
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
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One of the most amazing places on Maui. The hike is fun and seeing the pools is worth the trip. Bring a camera!
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Aimee T
Joined: Jan 2018
Reviews: 21
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A short hike leads to these amazing pools. There is no way we were going to swim in them but just seeing the breathtaking views was worth it.
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Lisa F
Joined: Jan 2017
Reviews: 48
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What an awesome place to visit and especially after the long trek along the Hana Highway to get there. The National Park entrance there has a wonderful little store and information center. If you go at the right time you may even be able to watch a demonstration of basket weaving or folklore.

You cannot always swim in the gulch as there is often times flooding. The trail to get there is easy and light. On the other hand, this trail also leads to the infamous bamboo forest, and that is another story. This is a fantastic stopping place if doing the Hana Highway as it gives you a wonderful breather and the ability to stretch your legs and see some ancient artifacts.
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Vickey W
Joined: Mar 2017
Reviews: 123
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This was part of our tour we took on the Road to Hana and we enjoyed it but it was more crowded than I would of liked it to be. Next trip we plan on driving the RTH ourselves so we will make a stop here early in day to try and miss the crowds. We did get a lot of nice photos. Some of the rocks are jagged and slippery so recommend you wear water shoes.
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Kandy H
Joined: May 2016
Reviews: 47
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After many hours of driving the Hana Highway you finally arrive at the National Park. The pools are pretty close to the visitor center. It is a good place to get some nice photos but don't plan on being there by yourself. There are a lot of people around. Some are swimming. The pools empty right into the ocean.
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Stephanie--2094
Joined: May 2016
Reviews: 67
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I saw this on Pinterest about 6 months before I actually arrived in Maui and I had been looking forward to this magical place since then. I'm sad to say I was really disappointed with it, but I think part of it was because it was late afternoon when we arrived with everyone on Maui. The magic just seem to disappear because I felt like I was at a water park. We used our receipt from our visit to Haleakala, so we didn't have to pay the $15 (I would have been even more disheartened). I'm glad we stopped, but it wasn't what I wanted it to be, there were other waterfalls along the road to Hana that were much more breathtaking with way fewer people.
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Don S
Joined: Mar 2015
Reviews: 1
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Beautiful Sand.
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