From the lush green islands and clear blue water…
To the hidden cascading waterfalls and thick forests, Hawaii has a way of making visitors feel like they are in an enchanted land. Come explore some of these mysterious locations and experience the magic for yourself.
Known as the Seven Sacred Pools, the Ohe’o Gulch is located in the Haleakala National Park. In 1969, the land was donated to that National Park System in order to ensure that the pools would be protected and accessible to the public. One of the most popular spots on Maui, there are actually dozens of pools and waterfalls that flow through the gulch. This spot has a variety of hiking trails that run nearby and is included in a number of local tours.
The Thurston Lava Tube
Hidden under a rainforest canopy inside of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is the remains of a large river of lava. Situated an elevation of 3.900 feet on the Kilauea Volcano a pit crater was created when a magma chamber collapsed during an eruption. Descending into the crater feels like you are walking back in time as the path winds you through a forest of ferns and lush tropical surroundings. Though there are several of these lava tubes on the Big Island, they occur less frequently here. Discovered in 1913 the caverns are as tall as a house, with ceiling heights as high as 20 feet in some places. The tube, in some respects, is a natural work of art. Flashing a light on the interior walls reveals colorful shapes and swirls that were created by mineral leeching from the rock as the lava settled. This spot is well worth an hour of exploration.
The Bamboo Forest on Maui
If you are looking to explore something a little brighter and above ground, check out the Maui’s bamboo forest along the Pipwai trail. The trail itself is magical, with the tall and dense bamboo forest surrounding you, you feel a bit like an ant traveling through blades of grass. The trail leads you through the bamboo, passed several waterfalls, including one with an infinity pool. If you go on a day with a gentle breeze you can hear the sounds of the bamboo stalks bumping into one another. This unique sound creates a somewhat musical and calming effect for those who are exploring the trail.