Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L Lens
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Top of Waimoku Falls view via Pipiwai Trail

Rising 400-feet above a shallow pool, this powerful column of rushing water is one of the most popular and beautiful waterfalls in Hawaii. A scenic trail begins at a seven-layer tiered waterfalls and winds past banyan trees and bamboo forests before summiting at this incredible towering giant.



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9:00 AM — 5:00 PM Monday-Friday


Haleakalā Natonal Park, Kīpahulu District Entrance Fee: $30 per vehicle (good for 3 days and both National Parks on the island)


  • Wide-angle lens (24mm)
  • Tripod
  • Good hiking shoes
  • Bug spray
  • Snacks
  • Water

How to get there

N20° 40' 42.5244"W156° 03' 21.294"
This photo was Waimoku Falls was taken at the end of the Pipiwai Trail in Kīpahulu District in Haleakalā Natonal Park. The entrance to the hike is located 12 miles past the town of Hana, at the end of the Road to Hana. If you're coming from the other side of the island, I recommend giving yourself the full day to drive here and complete the hike. To get here, navigate to the Kīpahulu Visitor Center parking lot (20.661898, -156.045183). Once parked, cross to the mountainside of Hana Highway then walk east (back in the direction of Hana) until you see the signposted trailhead for the Pipiwai Trail on your left. The trail is 1.8 miles until the falls and is probably one of the best-maintained hikes in all of Hawaii — it is well-marked throughout, with boardwalk in some portions to keep you out of the mud. The trail winds through bamboo forest and past other beautiful waterfalls before ending at Waimoku Falls. To get this perspective, I stood on the big grassy hill directly to the right of the waterfall. I positioned my camera back towards the waterfall, keeping the top of the falls in frame.


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