Ohe’o Gulch Pools

Ohe'o Gulch Pools Maui

Ohe’o Gulch Pools is also the Seven Sacred Pools and is located on the Island of Maui

For tourists looking to get away from the bustle of Maui’s famed beaches, many people travel to the southeast coast and take in the tranquil beauty of O’heo Gulch Pools. The gulch is part of Haleakala National Park and is also called the Seven Sacred Pools. It is home to wandering tropical streams, towering waterfalls, and a breathtaking array of Hawaiian flora. One of East Maui’s most popular attractions, this area combines the stunning beauty of the tropical rainforest with easy access and the benefit of all the National Park Service facilities.

Though it is called by many names, the official name is ‘Ohe’o Gulch. “Seven Sacred Pools” is a name that the area was given by the owner of Travaasa Hana, which was previously called the Hotel Hana Maui, in order to draw tourists to this remote, but undoubtedly spectacular attraction. The name may be misleading (there are many more than seven pools), but the publicity that the area receives is not.

The Pipiwai streams feed a series of stately waterfalls and peaceful pool that begin some 2 miles inland and flow into the nearby ocean. Some of the most remarkable and easiest to reach are the pools that can be found closes to the shoreline. The land of which the Seven Sacred Pools can be found was donated to the National Park system to ensure that these exquisite pools and waterfalls would be forever available to the public.

The area is as popular with the local residents as it is with the tourists and it is often crowded with people hiking, taking in the many historical sites, or “cliff” jumping. The Pipiwai Trail, which runs above the Sacred Pools, is one of the most beautiful hikes on the island of Maui. The trail is a 4 mile hike round trip and gains an amazing 650 feet in elevation as you walk. It generally takes between 2 ½ and 5 hours, depending on how much nature watching you do. While there are signs that prohibit cliff diving, many of those are disregarded and the rule is not very strictly enforced.

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