Upper Waikani Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls on Maui, located along the Road to Hana (Hana Highway). It is also known as "Three Bears Falls" because of its three parallel drops with successively lower heights (like papa bear, mama bear and baby bear). However, this only happens when there isn't too much water flowing down the waterfalls. During wet weather, the waterfall becomes one big bear, dropping about 70 feet (21 m).
Waikani Falls is located about 0.3 miles (0.5 km) after mile marker 19 on the Hana Highway. There is a small turnout before the bridge. But since it is a popular waterfall and many tour buses stop here, it can get crowded. There is also a trail that leads down to the base of the waterfall, located at the far side of the bridge (the trail may be slippery).
CAUTION: As with all freshwater streams and waterfalls in Hawaii, Leptospirosis bacteria may be present in the water. Do not drink the water and keep water out of open wounds (including small scratches) and eyes.
Waikani Falls Overview
Popular waterfall on Hana Highway
Easy to see from the road
Looks more beautiful when the three "bears" are visible (high flows create one big waterfall)