The O’heo Gulch has long been a primary destination on the Road to Hana. It is part of the Haleakala National Park and a part of the Kipahulu Campground is a drive-up campground. It is approximately a 15-minute drive away from Hana town near mile marker 42 on the Hana Highway.
The Ohe’o gulch, also known as the Kipahulu area is famous for its freshwater pools and its numerous waterfalls that are formed by the waters of the Pipiwai stream. Depending on the time of year, and local climate conditions, some of the surrounding waterfalls and pools may be dried up or no longer flowing. There are many pools located in the area, including what is known as the Seven Sacred Pools. The gulch is also the starting point for the Pipiwai Trail that ends at the Waimoku Falls.
There are numerous other trails that are great for hiking and explorations. Some of the other trails include the Kuloa Point Trail and the Kahakai Trail. The gulch is approximately about 1/8 mile south of the Kipahulu Visitor Center.
Word of Caution
The O’heo Gulch and the nearby Kipahulu campsite do not have drinking water. It is available for purchase at the visitors’ center. There are two general stores in Hana Town about 10 miles away. Make sure to have all of your supplies before making your way to Kipahulu.
In addition, the Kipahulu area is also known for weather that can be somewhat unpredictable. Make sure that you are prepared for rain, harsh sun, and mosquitos. Also, note that emergency medical services are about an hour away due to the area’s remote location.
Haleakalā National Park is an ever-changing landscape combine that with unpredictable weather and you have a recipe for uncertainty. Please be advised of all warning signs in the surrounding areas. It is not advised to swim near this campground. There are many signs posted, but please make safety your number one priority. This is a beautiful place and should be enjoyed safely.
Enjoy and Let Enjoy
Before you leave this amazing and scenic natural landscape, remember that the beauty of this magnificent beach is very fragile. Treat it with respect it deserves. Help preserve this rare eco-system by remembering to remove anything that you brought with you. There are no trash facilities or disposal services at the beach. It is important to be conscientious and maintain the magic you’ve experienced here. Help future visitors experience the same sense of awe and wonder that you have just enjoyed.