Nemo Falls

Last updated 23. Jul, 2010 by in Adventures & Sights | Rd to H, Road to Hana Sites

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The bottom half of Nemo Falls

The bottom half of Nemo Falls

Rating: ★★★★½

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.
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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.

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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5 Responses to “Nemo Falls”

  1. Cindi

    20. May, 2012

    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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  2. Mark

    27. Sep, 2012

    Make sure you follow the EMI trail to the left when it forks!

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  3. Heather

    23. Oct, 2012

    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!

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  4. Zac

    15. Dec, 2013

    Has this been blocked by the EMI???

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  5. Scott

    27. May, 2014

    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.

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