Puaa Kaa Falls

Puaa Kaa State Wayside Park - Picturesque Rain Forest Waterfalls
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Anyone traveling the road to Hana should stop at Puaa Kaa State Wayside. There is a large parking lot that can accommodate many cars. Restrooms and picnic tables are available. The waterfalls are lovely to view and are surrounded by lush greenery. Anyone hoping to go for a swim can totally splash around and even swim into and behind the falls. 

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

A Maui State Park, Puaa Kaa State Park is a beautiful stop on the Hana Highway at mile marker 22.6. If you are on the road to Hana, this is a great place to pull off, stretch your legs, use the restroom if needed, and view the waterfalls. Know that this is one of the few places to stop to use the restroom on the road to Hana. The parking lot is large and can accommodate many cars. The park spans 5 acres and has several small scenic waterfalls and pools.

There are many waterfalls along the road to Hana. Some are more impressive than others. The waterfalls at Puaa Kaa State Park may not be the biggest, but this stop still has a lot to offer. There is one set of falls right by the road and another a few steps away. If you want to spend some extra time at this beautiful waterfall, you can go swimming.

The basin is a lovely place to swim and you can even go into and behind the waterfall. If it has always been your life’s dream to swim in and behind a waterfall, this may be your chance to cross that off your bucket list. Sometimes, you may also see people jumping off the cliffs. Even if you are not interested in swimming, you can still wade or sit on the rocks and dangle your feet in the water. If there has been a lot of recent rain, do be careful. Waterflows at times are stronger than others. 

There is lush greenery surrounding the waterfalls. You will find many trees and flowers, adding to the magic of the waterfalls. Stop and take some family pictures and enjoy a picnic at the tables. If it’s not lunchtime, enjoy a snack while taking in the gorgeous views.

This stop is also handicap accessible. Many of the falls in Hawaii are not accommodating to those in wheelchairs. At this stop, someone in a wheelchair can enjoy the views of the falls from the shade at a picnic table. 

Many tours stop at these falls as well as families passing by. Sometimes this spot is busier than others, but still a nice stop nonetheless. 

Insider Tips:
-There are lots of rocks in the water if you decide to go swimming. Make sure to wear water shoes. Also, the rocks can be quite slippery when you are crossing the stream to get to the swimming hole. Do be careful when finding the best path across.
-Sometimes, the bathrooms may not be the cleanest and could be out of toilet paper and soap. You may need to bring some from your stash.
-Bring bug spray and don’t be surprised if you run into some stray cats or chickens.