What’s The Story Of The Seven Sacred Pools On Maui?

One of the many places people visit when they’re on the island of Maui is called the “Seven Sacred Pools.” It’s a beautiful but very remote location featuring waterfalls, freshwater pools, and incredible green foliage.

Despite the name, the area isn’t actually “sacred.”

The Story

The actual name is the Ohe’o Gulch, and it’s part of the Haleakala National Park. The name “Ohe’o” translates to “something special.

But in the interest of marketing the area to stateside travelers who wanted a true Hawaiian experience in Maui, hoteliers came up with the name “Seven Sacred Pools.” Despite the natural, unspoiled beauty, they’re not actually sacred in any way. Located at the end of the Road To Hana, it’s a nice place to visit, and if you’re lucky, have a swim.

If you’re interested in seeing real sacred areas, you can visit Hawaiian temples, called “heiaus,” that are located throughout the island.

The National Park

Kīpahulu is the unincorporated community in the Hāna district of southeastern Maui, and is included in the Haleakalā National Park. Since it is part of the National Park Service, the fee for a three-day pass is $15, and an annual pass is $25. The annual pass includes Haleakala, Volcanoes (Big Island) and Pu’uhonua O Honaunau (Big Island) National Parks.

When the water levels are high enough there are actually more than seven pools, (about 20 by some estimates) and they’re available for taking a dip only when the levels are safe. The 1km hiking loop, called the Kuloa Point Trail and goes around the pool area, sees heavy use and is frequently crowded. Other hiking trails such as the Pipiwai Trail, located just above the Seven Sacred Pools, are available year round.

Taking Care At the Seven Sacred Pools

Due to the tropical rainforest climate, flash floods are not uncommon. When it happens, the National Park Service will restrict swimming and other activities in the park until it’s safe. Because the flooding can expand the size of the pools and create more, the danger increases.

While you may have seen pictures and videos visitors jumping and diving off cliffs, it’s actually not recommended because of hidden dangers in the water. There are warning signs that prohibit jumping. Multiple injuries and deaths of thrill-seeking visitors have occurred after they ignored the warning signs and jumped anyway.

It’s also recommended that you not sit under the waterfalls. Debris that washes over the side and down with the water can also cause injuries, which will mar an otherwise incredible day of your trip.

Stay with Hana Kai Maui After The Seven Sacred Pools

The Seven Sacred Pools is just one amazing area to visit when making a trip to Maui. We can offer you and your family all the comforts of home on the beach in Hana, one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in the Hawaiian Islands.

Call Hana Kai Maui today to book your next reservations at 1-800-346-2772, or book directly online. We’re open 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Hawaii time to answer all of your questions. We’re ready to welcome you to Maui anytime.