A Covert Cascade
As countless cars whiz along the storied road to Hana, most visitors obliviously pass one of Maui’s most spectacular waterfalls. Beyond the asphalt and behind an emerald curtain of lush foliage, this oft-missed natural wonder cascades 200 feet against verdant cliff walls into a deep pool…just minutes off the highway. And what a difference those minutes make. The world of bossy GPS directions and "are we there yet" falls away as you enter this serene archetypal Hawaiian landscape. A short, easy walk to an overlook yields a pulse-lowering bird’s-eye view of the elegant falls, but expert hikers are welcome to make the trek to Lower Puohokamoa itself. Most of the year, it appears as a graceful white ribbon against its picturesque backdrop but it becomes particularly impressive after heavy rainfall. Whether witnessed at full capacity or in its more serene state, Lower Puohokamoa’s dramatic beauty is not to be passed up.
There are fantastic views of a large waterfall (Puohokamoa Falls). If you are not going all the way to/past Hana, or got a late start on your day like I did, this is a good place to stop and enjoy some scenery. If you are lucky, there is a place to park and hike directly to the same waterfall for free just past the Garden of Eden. The only problem is finding a place to park. There are only a few spaces, and it was full once when I went by and there was space the second time (when I was out of time).
Puohokamoa Falls and More Nearby