The Pipiwai Trail The hike is off the Road to Hana (Highway 360) between mile markers 6 and 7. It meanders through spectacular Hawaiian scenery, past the 200 foot Makahiku Falls with the "Infinity Pool" at the top, several step-falls, and culminates at the base of the tremendous 400-foot Waimoku Falls. The trails are long but are easily accessible from the parking lot, and traverse a wide range of vistas and scenic stops. The first half-mile of the trail is steep in places, but still navigable for most casual hikers. Along the path, well-maintained boardwalks wind through many diverse scenes, though a bamboo forest, and past a gigantic banyan tree. Stone steps have been added by the National Parks Services, well-maintained boardwalks cover muddy sections, trails and bridges take you along and across the Pipiwai Stream. The 200-foot high Falls at Makahiku are closer to the parking lot. More active hikers can take on the challenge of the full path while others relax here.
The Bamboo Forest is about one mile’s hike along the trail and carries on for about a half a mile. It can be a long and challenging hike, but well worth the effort. When the wind is strong enough you will hear an amazing sound as the air moves through the forest. Don’t forget to point your camera straight up for a spectacular shot to share with your friends back home. Plan for between 4-6 hours if you want to hike the complete trail.
Safety: Please heed all warning signs and instructions from your tour guide. Guides will keep an eye out for danger, the boardwalks are well-maintained, but keep in mind that flash-flooding and rock falls occur in this area. Rock-falls, cliff and bridge jumping have resulted in injuries and deaths, and many natural dangers can occur without warning. Do not stand under the Falls at Makahiku or Waimoku Falls, as rocks, branches and other debris sometimes make their way into the water. You could risk serious injury if even a small rock hits you from 400 feet above. If you do take the full hike, it is best to start early in the morning. If you take on the full hike, bring a change of clothes, plenty of water, mosquito repellant, water-safe shoes, sunscreen, a waterproof bag for your call phone/camera, and a water-proof bag for wet clothes and muddy shoes. It may also be a good idea to bring along some food if you are planning the full hike.