At Mile Marker 16.9 on the Road to Hana, a small bridge crosses the Palauhulu stream, one of the top locations for bird watching in the State of Hawaii. Beneath the bridge a series of photogenic pools are hidden from view.
There are two trails available to reach the pools. The trail closest to the bridge is steep, difficult, slippery, and could be a challenge to the beginning hiker. A bit further along, to the left of the bridge, about 50 feet over is a trail marked by a large tree. It is much easier to get down to the pools using this second trail.
When you get down to the pools, you will find a small waterfalls empties into a lower pool under the bridge. You may see locals diving into the cool, clear water, but the pools at Ching’s Pond can be dangerous if you don’t know where the hidden dangers are. Local residents tend to stop here frequently, and it can get a bit crowded, especially on the weekends.