Nemo Falls

A beautiful, little known waterfall and pool.

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Rating: ★★★★½

In a nutshell: A beautiful little known waterfall and pool.
Minuses: Access may be restricted by EMI.
Sound-bite: “Wow, a handrail!”

Nemo Falls

Nemo Falls

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.

Flash Floods

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.

Safety

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.

Key Info:
Mile Marker: #23.6 (Hana Hwy aka Hwy 360)
GPS Coordinates: 20.811192,-156.114623 (trailhead)
Facilities: No facilities
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  1. Laura says:

    I’m in Hana now and attempted getting to the falls earlier today. Mile marker 23 was missing so I had to guess a little. Found access roads, and foot bridges (I crossed 3 different ones!!), and streams that could be scrambled up… Any more details on how to find this place? I promise I won’t tell…

  2. Are there places to jump into pools at Nemo Falls?
    If so, how high roughly?
    thx

  3. Scott says:

    This is an amazing secret spot. We spent a few hours here this past weekend and simply awesome. We were joined by some locals stopping by for a lunch break as well.

    As Mark mentioned, stay left at all forks, and it will take you to the small metal bridge, cross over then scale up the left side of the stream towards the falls.

  4. Heather says:

    Mark – I wish I had seen your comment before we went!! We went right and hiked a good mile UP hill – man did that water feel awesome when we realized our mistake and finally found it!!!

    Fantastic, Secluded and just a lovely place to enjoy some time!

  5. Cindi says:

    Doesn’t appear to be detailed in any guidebook YET!! Except yours. Thanks for that! I hope people don’t start dying out there by following your directions on how to get there. Maybe it shouldn’t be detailed for people who have no experience dealing with the various conditions they will encounter there.

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