Helele’ike’oha Falls (aka Blue Pool)

Access is closed to the public.

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Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

In a nutshell: A beautiful pool and waterfall, but access is closed.
Minuses: Access is closed to the public.
Sound-bite: “But I came all the way from Wisconsin!”

“Blue Pool” (the real name is Helele’ike’oha Falls), is the poster child of guidebooks hyping places to the braking point, and entitled tourists following the lead. Access to this location is a few miles down a rural, narrow, unpaved country road, where you must park on private property and then walk across private land to access the pool.

The first problems were caused from the last mile-plus of dirt and mud road not being wide enough for two-way travel – there seemed to be a constant traffic-jam of those out of their element suddenly being called upon to navigate a Dodge Neon around opposing traffic (and thus, off-road obstacles.) But the real straw that broke the camel’s back began when people started leaving trash, disrespecting the residents and the land, blocking driveways and trampling through private land and gardens giving nothing in return but attitude. Such a sad turn of events, because this truly spectacular place was once left graciously open for those who understood how to show respect.

Bottom line: don’t ignore the countless signs you will pass if you drive down this road. They are not liability signs, they are for real. There are a few aggressive enforcers that will give you an indelible memory of your vacation that you certainly won’t cherish.

Key Info:
Location: End of ‘Ula’ino Rd
GPS Coordinates: 20.807622,-156.0579
Facilities: None.
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  1. Kalai Aikane says:

    I remember visiting this place many times when I was a kid growing up on Maui… very early 70’s… while it is incredible, I also agree, it should be left alone. Even when I come back to visit my homeland every so often, I know to leave well-enough alone… protect the ‘ohana and island life.

  2. Kamana says:

    This Pool is truly amazing. We went in 2004 with our cousin who has been a local for 45yrs. He knew the intimidating kanaka who’s land you have to walk across to access the fall and pool. We came back in 2012 and the locals were so upset with visitors leaving garbage and trash where ever. And even tourist who thought they were being clean was still affecting the eco system when they swam with there skin and sun tanning lotions in the pristine FRESH water. Sorry but to keep this area beautiful for future years it might be best to be just a local place only.

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