What to Expect
aka: Ching's Pond
Near Ke'anae Road to Hana, Maui
These pools are located under a bridge on the Hana Highway. A narrow gorge funnels the water into a torrent that empties into the crystal clear, blue pools. Below the main pools is a small waterfall that empties into the "Swimming Pool". This pool, which is small but deep, actually looks as if it were man-made. Under the bridge, a water-chute made from the rock walls from the stream, carries the water from smaller pools to the main pool. People often "ride the waves" from pool to pool when the water flow is good.
Use caution when climbing around or entering the pools as the rocks may be slippery.
The water is crystal clear and very cool.
Bring mosquito repellent.
Do not stand under the waterfall due to possible falling rocks or debris.
CAUTION: As with all fresh water streams in Hawaii, there is the chance of Leptospirosis bacteria - do not drink or swallow the water, keep water out of open cuts and eyes.
Taking the Hana Highway (Hwy 360) from Hana to Ke'anae, past the Lookout near Ka'anae Beach, is the bridge over the Ke'anae Stream. The falls can be seen from the bridge. A dirt road that appears to lead into a pasture on the opposite side of the road is the perfect place to stop, park, and hike down to the pools.