Waikamoi Stream & Waterfalls

A drive-up stop, one waterfall and pool are right next to the road.

Rating: ★★★★½

In a nutshell: A drive-up stop, one waterfall and pool are right next to the road. The second, larger waterfall and pool just upstream are impressively beautiful, and tragically underrated by other guidebooks.
Minuses: Unpredictable flow; also unpredictable visitor count (can be packed or empty, with no rhyme or reason.)
Sound-bite: “This is all I wanted to do in Hawaii.”

A visitor stands at the top of Waikamoi Stream's small waterfall, just a few steps from the road.

A visitor stands at the top of Waikamoi Stream’s small waterfall, just a few steps from the road.

A popular, user-friendly (but frequently under-rated) stop on the Road to Hana. The reason this is so underrated by the other guidebooks is that they came to see it on the wrong day. The water source is heavily tapped and diverted above and these falls can be essentially “turned off” by EMI to feed thirsty sugar plantations. You can tell if this is worth a stop by looking at the waterfall closest to the road. If it is flowing, then you’re in for a treat.

A couple enjoy sitting under the larger falls at Waikamoi

A couple enjoy sitting under the larger falls at Waikamoi stream

The first waterfall is literally steps from the road, and has a beautiful pool tailor-made for swimming. The bigger second waterfall has multiple places to sit at the bottom and let the water fall on you. The last time I was there, a family was sitting under the waterfall, and I overheard the father blissfully claim “this is all I ever wanted to do in Hawaii.” I don’t know if I personally would be satisfied with just Waikamoi – but it is a really sweet place, that is so easily accessible without any serious hiking, that for someone doing an unplanned drive-thru, it could be the nicest waterfall they swim in.

Getting to the second fall requires a scramble up a (usually) mostly-dry stream bed – but unless the water is raging, it is pretty easy (and if the water is raging, don’t even try it!)

Key Info:
Mile Marker: #9.9 (Hana Hwy aka Hwy 360)
GPS Coordinates: 20.872356,-156.187316
Facilities: No facilities
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  1. Tracy says:

    You might mention the dangers of flash flooding. As a resident of Hana I would suggest to people visiting Waikamoi to be aware of their surroundings. Look up at the mountain for dark clouds, they mean rain. Keep you ears tuned to the sound of rushing water. Look at the pools and have an exit strategy. All this before going in. Last but certainly not least: pay attention to locals and their advice!!!

  2. Rebecca Richardson says:

    This sounds accessible. Would it work for my mother (79) who has trouble walking? Could she get to the falls with our help?

    • Maybe. It’s hard to say. But there is so much you can see on the Road to Hana from the car that she will likely enjoy the trip with our without the walk 🙂

    • The trail is very short but is very rocky, parts are steep, and it’s slippery. Hikers sometimes reach for branches and rocks with our hands. I wouldn’t recommend it to someone who is unsteady.

  3. Larry L. Miller says:

    Does the Waikamoi River have its outflow (mouth) at the Pacific Ocean? I am compiling a reference book on rivers of the world and just want to have my facts straight. Thank you.

    • Aloha Larry. All rivers in Maui naturally outflow to the Pacific Ocean. Some are diverted to the point that they run dry before that, but during times of heavy rain, or when diversions have been restored, they flow to the ocean.

  4. Where is waikamoi waterfall? How far from the start of road to Hana bc we do not have time to even do half. Is it in the garden of eden or closer and do you have to pay? How far drive from cruise port we only have the day,
    Thank you in advance going in April

    • Tracy Craft says:

      Gena Padron – my family and I are going to Hawaii the 1st week of February and we are renting a car and driving the road to hana. If you will email after Feb 12 – I can give you super details of the road to hana trip. I have been planning this for a long time and we are extremely excited. my email is weana594@yahoo.com (my name is Tracy).

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