Hawaii’s Road to Hana on the island of Maui winds along the coastline, blending stunning beauty with winding roads. In a mere 54 miles, the route boasts over 50 bridges, approximately 600 curves, and more than 18 waterfalls!

Amidst the abundance of experiences on this iconic road trip, it’s easy to overlook some of the most breathtaking sights along the journey. One standout attraction that nature enthusiasts will appreciate is the array of Hana waterfalls along the Road to Hana.

Continue reading to discover the top 13 must-see waterfalls to include in your itinerary for an unforgettable Hana Highway adventure.

Twin Falls - Road to Hana Waterfall

1. Twin Falls

Nestled just two miles along the Hana highway around mile marker 2, Twin Falls is a perfect introduction to what lies ahead! Parking is easy, and the trail to the falls is relatively short and simple — an ideal option for families with young children.

You’ll hear the Twin Falls before you see them as the sound of rushing water fills the air. The calm pools below the falls are a great place to take a dip and start your exploration off right.

Waikamoi Falls - Hana Highway Waterfall

2. Waikamoi Falls

Cloaked in the lush greenery of the rainforest around mile marker 10, Waikamoi Falls is a sight to behold. The falls are a bit trickier to reach, requiring a bit of a hike and an adventurous spirit. The hike alone is worth it, as it takes you through some of Maui’s most pristine and untouched landscapes.

Once you arrive, the tranquility of these secluded falls will most certainly impress, making the effort entirely worthwhile.

Puohokamoa Falls

3. Puohokamoa Falls

Puohokamoa Falls is a hidden jewel along the Road to Hana. It is comprised of two distinct tiers—the upper and lower falls. Both can be seen from Maui’s Garden of Eden, located near mile marker 11. There is an admission fee, and twenty-six acres of trails are available to explore.

From what we know at the moment, Upper Puohokamoa Falls is currently blocked from entry. On the other hand, Lower Puohokamoa Falls is accessible! A brief trek through a lush, well-marked trail leads to this picturesque waterfall.

Its beauty is more intimate, with waters flowing gently over rocks into a tranquil pool. Together, the upper and lower Puohokamoa Falls encapsulate the unspoiled beauty and adventurous spirit of the Road to Hana excursion.

Haipuaena Falls, Maui Hawaii

4. Haipua’ena Falls

A short, easy walk from the roadside leads to the falls, where visitors are greeted with the picturesque scene of water elegantly tumbling into a crystalline pool below. The pool at the base of Haipua’ena Falls is inviting and perfect for a leisurely swim in its calm, clear waters.

This is one of our favorite spots as it offers peace and relaxation away from the busy world. Surrounded by vibrant green foliage, this spot offers a tranquil escape and a perfect opportunity for reflection and relaxation amidst the natural beauty of Maui. The whole scene feels like you’ve stepped into a nature documentary.

Waikani Falls also known as Three Bears Waterfall - Road to Hana

5. Waikani Falls (Three Bears)

Upper Waikani Falls, affectionately known as ‘Three Bears,’ is a spectacular natural wonder that captivates the hearts of all who visit!

This stunning Three Bears Falls is characterized by its trio of falls, each with its own pool nestled in a rugged rock formation. A roadside stop, it’s easy to access and provides a picturesque backdrop for some exceptional photographs.

Puaa Kaa Falls - Maui Hawaii Waterfall

6. Pua’a Ka’a Falls

Pua’a Ka’a State Wayside Park at mile marker 22 is home to Pua’a Ka’a Falls, which is perfect for a refreshing break. The park features a loop trail that takes you to the falls and highlights the area’s indigenous flora.

The lovely mile-long trail is a mix of boardwalk and unpaved path, winding through a dense forest that eventually opens up to the cascading waterfall. The park is also the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat at the picnic areas or for a bathroom pit stop.

Hanawi Waterfalls - Maui

7. Hanawi Falls

Hanawi Falls, located just past mile marker 24, happens to be one of the most photographed waterfalls in Hawaii! Visible from the highway, the falls are impressive in their own right, but the close-up view reveals their grandeur, and the roar of their cascading water is an experience in itself. Parking can be limited, but it’s worth the stop and a quick walk down the trail to see its beauty.

Makapipi Falls - Maui

8. Makapipi Falls

Makapipi is a series of waterfalls around mile marker 25 that cascade down the mountainside, cutting through the lush tropical landscape! The road here becomes a one-lane bridge, beckoning you to slow down, roll down your window, and take it all in.

Thick jungle surrounds the area, and if you listen closely, you may hear the call of a native bird echoing through the trees.

Paihi Falls

9. Paihi Falls

Paihi Falls is a picturesque roadside waterfall that immediately catches your eye from the road! It cascades over a 50-foot cliff into a large natural pool surrounded by lush greenery, offering a stunning sight.

There’s no specific spot to pull over to snap a photo, so many visitors opt to drive a bit further to the nearby parking area for Wailua Falls, less than a mile away, and then walk back up the hill for a closer look.

Wailua Falls - Stunning Waterfall in Hawaii

10. Wailua Falls

You’ll likely recognize Wailua Falls from television and movies, as it’s been featured in numerous productions! This pair of picturesque cascades is one of the most accessible waterfalls on the Road to Hana. It’s a must-see for any visitor due to its accessibility, sheer beauty, and the fact you can view it from the road or take a quick walk to the pool below.

Oheo Gulch Falls and Pools - Maui

11. Oheo Gulch Pools & Falls

The next three waterfalls on our list are found in the majestic Haleakalā National Park around mile marker 41! Oheo Gulch Pools and Falls starts the journey into this fantastic park. Also known as Seven Sacred Pools, these cascading falls and refreshing pools are a popular spot for visitors to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of nature. Keep in mind that swimming is no longer allowed here.

Makahiku Falls

12. Makahiku Falls

This slender, 185-foot waterfall is striking thanks to the dramatic backdrop of the rainforest valley below! To get the best view of Makahiku Falls, you’ll need to undertake the Pipiwai Trail in Haleakala National Park — a moderately challenging trek that includes a bamboo forest.

The hike to Makahiku Falls offers an awe-inspiring variety of terrain and vegetation unique to Maui. Approximately half a mile into the trail, you’ll come upon the overlook showcasing the impressive nearly 200-foot-tall waterfall and the valley sculpted by its mighty waters.

The trail extends beyond this point for another 1.5 miles until it leads to the next waterfall on our list, Waimoku Falls. If you continue, we recommend having water, snacks, rain gear, and sun protection on hand!

Waimoku Falls - Haleakalā National Park Waterfalls

13. Waimoku Falls

The tallest among the waterfalls on this list, Waimoku Falls offers a magnificent silhouette as it plummets 400 feet down the sheer lava rock wall of the Oheo Gulch. Standing before this giant cascade, you can feel the raw power of nature and its remarkable ability to create such beauty.

The approach to Waimoku Falls is equally impressive. It leads through bamboo forests and past smaller waterfalls, creating an enchanting and dynamic hiking experience. The roundtrip hike to Waimoku on the Pipiwai Trail and back to the parking lot totals 4 miles.


What is the Road to Hana?

The Road to Hana is a scenic highway on the island of Maui in Hawaii that stretches approximately 64 miles from Kahului to Hana town. It is known for its winding roads, hairpin turns, lush tropical scenery, and numerous waterfalls.

Do I need a permit to visit the waterfalls on the Road to Hana?

Most waterfalls do not require a permit, but certain areas within the Haleakalā National Park, such as the Pools of ‘Ohe’o (Seven Sacred Pools), may have entrance fees.

Which season is best for visiting the waterfalls on the Road to Hana?

The waterfalls are generally more impressive during the rainy season (November to March) due to higher water flow, but this also means wetter and potentially more hazardous conditions.

Ready to Book a Stay in Maui?

A visit to these cascading natural wonders is an invitation to immerse yourself in Hawaii’s timeless beauty and the island’s unique Aloha spirit. Whether you seek adventure, solitude, or simply a breathtaking view, the waterfalls on the Road to Hana offer all that and more.

Pack your bags, lace up those hiking shoes, book a Maui vacation rental, and prepare for a Hawaiian odyssey you won’t soon forget!