In a nutshell: A beautiful little known waterfall and pool.
Minuses: Access may be restricted by EMI.
Sound-bite: “Wow, a handrail!”
Warning – Those not experienced with Maui, flash flood safety and EMI access issues should not attempt this hike. The EMI page has more info about EMI and instructions for obtaining permission where needed.
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 probably EMI property), followed by a moderately difficult scramble a few hundred yards upstream, across slippery rocks with poor footing.
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.
Please be aware of unsafe high water or flash-flooding that can occur in North and East Maui streams. This note is found on many articles, if you have not read the flash flood page, taking a minute to do so could save your life.
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.
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