7. Pua’a Ka’a Falls
Pua'a Ka'a Falls is a popular waterfall stop on the Road to Hana, located at mile marker 22.5. The falls are easily accessible from the parking lot, with a short 0.3-mile out-and-back trail leading to the base of the falls.
Pua'a Ka'a Falls is a two-tiered waterfall, with the upper falls being the larger and more impressive of the two. The lower falls is smaller and more accessible, but both falls are beautiful in their own way.
The pool at the base of the lower falls is a popular spot for swimming, but it is important to be aware of the currents and rocks. The upper falls is not accessible for swimming.
Pua'a Ka'a Falls is a great place to stop and cool off on a hot day, or to simply enjoy the beauty of the Hawaiian rainforest.
Here are some additional details about Pua'a Ka'a Falls:
- The name Pua'a Ka'a means “pig pen” in Hawaiian. It is said that the falls were named after a group of pigs that used to wallow in the pool at the base of the falls.
- Pua'a Ka'a Falls is a sacred place to the Hawaiian people. It is believed that the falls are home to a powerful water spirit named Kihapai.
- The falls are also a popular spot for cliff jumping, but it is important to be aware of the risks involved.
- If you are planning to visit Pua'a Ka'a Falls, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
Here are some tips for making the most of your visit to Pua'a Ka'a Falls:
- Arrive early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
- Be respectful of the natural environment and the Hawaiian culture.
- If you are planning to swim, be aware of the currents and rocks.
- Do not climb or jump from the upper falls.
- Pack out all of your trash.