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Trip Date:  07/27/2013

: 2.23 Miles

Vertical Gain: 360'

Group Size: 5

Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate    Hard    Strenuous
Nailiilihaela Trail Route
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Nailiilihaela Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 20 53.112, W 156 12.492     End Coordinates:   Same as starting coordinates
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   Take the Hana Highway (360) toward Hana from the town of Kahului.  You will arrive at the coordinates about 22 miles (or so) from town.  There is nothing here but a wide turnout on both sides of the road.  You will find the 'trailhead' in an opening of bamboo on the west side of the road.
Hazards of Note:   This trail is easy to get lost on, with many branches of the path going off in all directions.  If you do not cross a wooden board over a 15 foot narrow gully very early on in the hike after making an early turn to the left in the bamboo, you are not travelling the correct direction. Crowd Factor:   Busy.  This is a very popular trail with locals and tourists alike.
General Notes:
This is a really fun trail to visit, and one of my personal favorites.  You will get to see 5 waterfalls if water is running well, including the first one which will be off to your left as you make your way early on the journey.  
When you get to the second falls, there is a rope which you will have to pull yourself up on the left side (facing) of the falls, and then when you get to the third falls, there is a rickety ladder and a rope which you will have to use both to climb to the top of it, also on the left side of the falls.  
When you reach the pools for the fourth falls, you will have to stow or carry in a waterproof bag everything you wish to bring with you further, as you will have to swim about 300 yards through the pool up and around a bend to the left though a very narrow canyon.  At the end of this is the small 6' fourth falls, which you can easily scale to then find the fifth and last waterfall and pool not far away.  
Climb up on the right side of the fifth waterfall pool a little ways to get an idea of how deep this pool truly is.

Bamboo pathway at the start of the hike. Innocuous Start
Tristan and Steve near the start of the adventure. Tristan and Steve
Second waterfall passed along the way up the river. Second falls
Steve, Ethan and Tristan taking in the locale. Group on the hike
Tristan climbing the second falls rope. Tristan climbing rope
Steve climbing the ladder at the third falls. Steve on the ladder
Past the ladder up the third falls. Heading to fourth falls
Tristan enjoying some time in the fifth pool. Tristan relaxing
The fifth and final falls at Na'ili'ili-haela falls. Nailiilihaela falls
Tristan far below in the fifth waterfall pool. Tristan far below
Greg, Steve and Tristan under the fifth falls. Under the falls
Tristan and Kayla ready to swim back through the fourth pool. Ready to swim back
GPS track of the hike. GPS track of hike