In a nutshell: A beautiful unknown waterfall and pool.
Minuses: Access may be restricted by EMI.
Sound-bite: “Wow, a handrail!”
Warning – Those not experienced with Maui safety and EMI access issues should not attempt this hike.
Read the EMI Page.
Getting to Nemo Falls requires a fairly easy ~1/3 mile hike through the Ko’olau Forest Reserve along a 4WD ditch access road, then crossing a narrow utility footbridge (read: potentially unsafe to the untrained, and also EMI infrastructure property), followed by a moderately difficult scramble a few hundred yards upstream, across slippery rocks with poor footing.
Since the footbridge appears to be EMI infrastructure, technically speaking it likely requires permission from EMI to cross. Also, if the streamflow is high it will become unsafe to scramble up the bed to access the waterfall and pool. As with all streams, flash flooding is always something to watch out for, and due to the terrain here, escaping a flash flood once at the pool would be virtually impossible. If you do not posses a strong understanding of Maui flash flood safety, you should not attempt this waterfall.
The pool itself is large and has wonderful swimming. The multi-tiered falls are absolutely stunning, and you’ll likely have this place all to yourself for as long as you like as it does not appear to have been detailed in any other guidebooks.
Mile Marker: #23.6 (Hana Hwy aka Hwy 360)
GPS Coordinates: 20.811192,-156.114623 (trailhead)
Facilities: No facilities
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