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Hawaii’s Seven Sacred Pools Are Like Heaven On Earth

Located past Hana in the Kipahulu district of Haleakala National Park and near the Pipiwai Trailhead is an idyllic valley full of cascading waterfalls and picturesque pools known as the Seven Sacred Pools. Officially known as Oheo Gulch, these breathtaking swimming holes aren’t actually sacred, and there are far more than seven pools. The nickname was coined by the owner of what is now the Travaasa Hana – previously the Hotel Hana Maui – as a way to market this then-unknown, remote location to tourists. And the publicity stunt worked – the “Seven Sacred Pools” are now one of Maui’s most popular tourist destinations, and for good reason; they’re absolutely gorgeous.

Be sure to check out these 13 reasons to drop everything and drive Maui’s Road to Hana, don’t forget to hike the nearby Pipiwai Trail, and consider planning the ultimate waterfall road trip on Maui. Oh, and here are 13 waterfall swimming holes across the islands to put on your outdoor bucket list.

Megan Shute
Megan is a freelance journalist residing near Honolulu, Hawaii. Since moving to Hawaii from the mainland two years ago, she has become obsessed with hiking, beach trips, and Kona coffee.