Upper Waikani Falls
Upper Waikani Falls is a very popular stop along the road to Hana and for good reason. These picture-perfect waterfalls are easily accessible, there is nearby parking, and of course, there is a plunge pool at the bottom if you’re looking to take a dip! Also known as the “Three Bears Waterfalls”, Upper Waikani Falls are three separate waterfalls that are parallel to one another. Cascading down over 70 feet to a perfect swimming location, these falls are one of the most popular waterfalls in the Hawaiian Islands. There is a short hike down to the plunge pool from a small parking area located along the Hana Hwy.
These falls are gorgeous and the water falling from them can become quite powerful. During the rainy season, Upper Waikani falls can surge a hefty amount of water down its over 70-foot height. Be especially careful during the rainy season, or right after any sort of rain. The water in the Upper Waiakani Falls is exceptionally clear. When the falls flow is calm it is easy to see that the plunge pool, although swimmable, is not safe to jump or dive into. This can become more difficult to see during the rainy season when the water flow is more intense. Even if it looks deep enough to jump into please do not. This plunge pool is not safe to jump or dive into.
Upper Waikani Falls is located past the Ke’Anae Penninsula and Wailua Valley. If you happen to reach Pua’a Ka’a State Wayside Park you have gone too far. Both Waulya Valley and Pua’a Ka’a have amazing waterfalls too. Wailua has the Wailua Falls and Pua’a Ka’a has the famous Pua’a Ka’a falls.
Directions to Upper Waikani Falls
1. Take the Hana Highway (Hwy 360) pass the Ke’Anae Penninsula.
2. It is at Mile Marker #19.6
3. GPS Coordinates:20.832342,-156.138918
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 enjoyed.