Seven Sacred Pools / Ohe'o Gulch

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

• 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

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.