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Kuloa Point Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

0.5 mile 0.9 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 62' 19 m
Descent: -69' -21 m
High: 104' 32 m
Low: 41' 13 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)

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An easy trail leading to stunning pools and ocean vistas.

Mikhaila Redovian

Features Lake · Swimming · Views

Family Friendly This short jaunt leads to some excellent swimming that kids will love. Keep an eye out for flash flooding!

Description

Start out just north from the Kipahulu Vistor Center and circle in the counterclockwise direction for the most dramatic views. You'll first pass through a demonstration area that showcases a thatched house, ancient walls and other native Hawaiian cultural items. Keep an eye out for Hala trees with their strange pineapple-like fruit. Continue gently downhill on the Kuloa Spur Trail towards the crashing ocean and surmount a small hill with spectacular views of the Hana coast- if the air is very clear you can even see across to the Big Island 30 miles away.

Next, the trail turns north where mouth of the Ohe'o Gulch empties into the ocean. Ascend along the southern edge of the gulch eventually reaching the seven beautifully terraced freshwater pools that flow into each other via small braided waterfalls. Swimming is popular here, but be aware that flash floods are sudden and deadly. Complete the loop via rooty trail sections back to the visitor center.

This popular destination can be crowded, so consider timing your trip to arrive in early morning. Also, as of this writing, food is not available for purchase in the park so bring your own refreshments.

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Mar 3, 2019
Brandon Clark
No swimming allowed. Very disappointing.
Feb 25, 2018
Todd Harbin
River was at high level so you couldn’t see the pools, but was awesome to see the river flow into the ocean. 0.5mi
Nov 13, 2017
David Verdun
Jun 15, 2017
Scott Johnson
0.5mi
Sep 22, 2016
Ercan Ceviz

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Seven Sacred Pools
May 3, 2016 near Hāna, HI
Pools at Ohe'o.
Dec 8, 2016 near Hāna, HI
Passing Hala trees
Apr 27, 2016 near Hāna, HI

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