East Maui's Twin Falls
If you follow Hana Highway along the north east side of the island until you reach mile marker 2.1, you will discover Twin Falls, a beautiful set of waterfalls set in a lush jungle.
For some, the drive all the way around Hana is too much of a commitment, and too hard on those who get carsick. The notoriously twisty road to and from Hana takes all day, after all. But Twin Falls is conveniently close to civilization, and is every bit as lovely as any other waterfall spot in Hana. It's located about twenty minutes east of Paia, a lively beach town where you can shop, browse art galleries or dine at one of several unique restaurants. The drive to Twin Falls from our Kaanapali vacation condos is about an hour and twenty minutes, meaning you will arrive in Paia after an hour of driving, and you can freshen up there before the next twenty-minute leg of your journey.
When you arrive at Twin Falls, you will find a parking lot that is often crowded, but when you venture in to hike around, you'll find that there's plenty of space for visitors to spread out. At the entrance, you'll find an organic snack stand to refresh you, as well as portable restroom facilities. You won't find these at most other waterfalls.
A gravel road leads to the falls, but it is also the driveway of the owners who generously share this magical place with all who care to visit. If you make the trek up this path for a half a mile, you will come across a pair of foot paths. The right fork will take you to Ho'olawa Nui Stream, which includes a hand-dug tunnel that was created in the 1800's. There are more waterfall pools this way, and a rock wall leading to a secret set of falls. The left fork will bring you to Ho'olawa Li'ili'i Stream, which boasts unique irrigation masonry and the stunning Caveman waterfall, along with several upper hiking paths. Yes, there's a lot to explore! Don't worry, the primary set of falls is not far from the entrance, but we still recommend this destination for the able-bodied.
We also recommend that you bring bug spray for the mosquitoes, and that you wear good shoes, preferably those that are amphibious. Check for signs warning of flooding, because it happens with excessive rainfall. Don't forget to bring your camera, as you are sure to want to capture some memories from this special excursion! The weather may be hot this time of year, but that's what all the cool water is for. There are plenty of places to jump in. Lastly, we'd like to remind adventurous cliff-jumpers to search the pools for any dangerously placed rocks before taking the plunge. There's no need to risk your safety to have a good time.
Aside from that, have fun! We hope you've found this short guide helpful! Check in every Friday for our latest vacation activity suggestion for the wonderful island of Maui, and if you happen to be interested in Kaanapali accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!