If you’re on the Road to Hana, the Puohokamoa Falls is a can’t miss tourist destination. Located between the 10-11 mile marker on the Hana Highway, the Puohokamoa Falls is actually two impressive waterfalls: the Upper Puohokamoa & Lower Puohokamoa Falls. The two hundred feet of cascading waters is truly a sight to behold!
The Upper Puohokamoa Falls used to be a favorite stop on the Road to Hana because it was one of the most accessible waterfalls on the island. However, the falls are now located on private property and is fenced off from the public. Still great photos of the Upper Puohokamoa Falls can be taken from the Garden of Eden Arboretum, a lush botanical garden (however, it is a paid attraction).
The Lower Puohokamoa Falls is a little trickier to find. These falls are hidden below the Hana Highway. There is a lookout point after mile marker 10 when driving towards Hana, which can provide a good view from the highway.
Please note at all fresh water ponds found in Hawaii; to not drink the water and keep the water out of open wounds and eyes. This is due to Leptospirosis bacteria, which is commonly found in freshwater streams and waterfalls. Also, if you are wearing sunscreen or any fragrances or lotions, please refrain from swimming, as the water from these ponds are depended on by the local farmers and the land to healthfully nourish the eco-system.
Before you go, there are a few things to take along to the Puohokamoa Falls.
- Bring bottle go water
- Always bring sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen
- Have a change of clothes
- Bring comfortable walking shoes
- Take your camera and your sense of adventure
If you plan to drive the Road to Hana, we recommend booking a holoholo rideshare service – experienced local drivers familiar with the twists and turns of Hana Highway.