welcome to the blog

Pipiwai Trail Maui | Travel Diary


This blog post is all about the Pipiwai Trail Maui. This fairly easy hike takes you through a dense bamboo forrest with several waterfalls along the trail and finally ending with the very grand 400ft Waimoku Falls.

If you’re looking for best beaches, food and overall tips for Maui – I have a previous blog post packed full of info – HERE

This activity is a two part adventure; the road to Hana itself and the hike. The very windy road to Hana is worth doing despite the curves, one lane bridges and random tourists stopping their car to look at waterfalls.

It’s well advised to not be in any hurry at all while driving to Hana and to check road conditions (if raining there are frequent mudslides). The scenery is breathtaking and the little roadside huts with banana bread or coconut ice cream along the way are great to stop at.

Road to Hana

The Pipiwai Trail starts near mile marker 42 and is 4 miles round trip. It can take up 4 hours to complete at an easy pace. The trail is muddy, and a mix of rock steps and platforms. I’d advise appropriate footwear for muddy and slippery terrain.

Pipiwai Trail Maui Pipiwai Trail Maui

Your first main vista is around 1/2 mile in is Makahiku Falls and a majestic banyan tree.

Pipiwai Trail Maui Pipiwai Trail Maui Pipiwai Trail Maui Pipiwai Trail Maui Pipiwai Trail Maui

As you move past this area you’ll come closer to the opening of the bamboo forrest.

Pipiwai Trail Maui Pipiwai Trail Maui

After crossing the bridge you will see another set of waterfalls. Which are magical all to themselves – BUT – the main event Waimoku Falls is still down the line.

Pipiwai Trail MauiPipiwai Trail Maui Pipiwai Trail Maui

After winding through the bamboo forrest, you pop out into an open area and are met with 400ft Waimoku Falls.

Pipiwai Trail Maui Pipiwai Trail Maui Pipiwai Trail Maui

On the way back we were STARVING and ended up stopping at Koki Beach for Huli Huli chicken. You can follow the hand painted signs on Hana Hwy to find it. It’s smoky deliciousness 🙂

If you have any questions or need extra tips for Hana, Pipiwai Trail or Maui in general comment below, I’m more than happy to help.

Pipiwai Trail Maui Tips

*all images shot on iphone 8+ (because I shamelessly hope Apple will sponsor me one day lol)

Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

    get on the list

    sign-up for specials + tips & Tricks + cool updates.


    * indicates required