Maui Blog - Georgie Hunter R(S): Back to Nature - Twin Falls Maui - a tropical excursion in Haiku

Back to Nature - Twin Falls Maui - a tropical excursion in Haiku

twin falls maui bamboo stand

coffee beans growing on Maui(This is my contribution to the Back to Nature contest that Christina Williams came up with.  I don't expect it to be an entry that will compete with the others, but wanted to participate for the points!  Good luck to all the other entries!)

Twin Falls Maui


One Sunday my 86 year old dad said to me..."I want to go up to that Twin Falls place and go for a walk, how far is it up to the falls?"  I thought about it for a minute and imagined him up there slipping in some mud and falling, with nobody around to help him or call, and said "I don't know, but why don't I go with you and we'll find out?"  So we got in the car and drove there, all of about a mile away if that.  It was a beautiful sunny day in Haiku, the only one we had had in a couple of weeks.  The ground was starting to dry out, so the trail was OK. 

I have to admit that even though Twin Falls is so close, I haven't been up their trail in probably 12 or 15 years.  My memories of it was a narrow slippery hiking trail that didn't impress me much back then.  Well, things have changed for the better.  The new owners of the property have been busy improving the trails into nicely graded and crowned roads.  The trail might have been about a half mile, and then it narrowed out and got muddy.  Most of the way was a gradual incline, and easy traveling for me and my old dad.  He was keeping up alright.  We stopped to admire the lush tropical foliage like the kukui trees, the coffee beans, and bananas.  Saw a bright green anole lizard scamper across a brilliant red ti leaf... too fast to snap a picture.

twin falls adventure on Maui

 

We had to cross over a weir which is part of the East Maui Irrigation canal system that carries rainwater to the central valley to irrigate the sugar cane fields.  I helped my dad over it, and he was very gung ho to see the waterfall on the other side.  We met some people from Alabama, and some others from various places around the world.  They were all enthralled with the trail and abundance of greenery and water.  I tend to take this all for granted, having lived here so long.  It was refreshing to get another perspective and see it as a tourist for a change.

ti leaves at twin falls maui

It was a really great day out for us and I want to go there again.  Maybe take my bike next time.  Now I can see why the tourists flock to Twin Falls!

I forgot to mention that they have a fruit stand in the parking lot along the Hana Highway.  Be sure to get something yummy if you stop here on your way to Hana.

Here's a picture of the waterfalls at the top of the trail.  Since it was so muddy and the streams were running high that day we didn't venture all the way over to it.  You do have to be aware of flash flooding here, as it's dangerous to cross streams when there is a lot of rainfall.  People can die by being careless, so proceed with caution.

Twin Falls Maui - the waterfall

Comment balloon 12 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • January 29 2008 09:38PM

Comments

Very good post. I should have visited Maui when I lived on Oahu.  I missed out on a good opportunity.
Posted by Chris Frantz (EDU Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago
Wow  Georgina,  What amazing pictures!  Good for your Dad, what a great walk it must have been.  It sounds like such a wonderful place.  Some day I will get to Maui and remember Twin Falls.  Thank you for a wonderful account of your day in the beautiful park.  Very nicely done!
Posted by Kathleen Vetrano, Helping YOU Achieve YOUR Dreams (RE/MAX Gateway) over 10 years ago

Chris - What!  Sorry you missed out, now you'll have to come back.

Deborah - I heard, it snowed in Vancouver, and it snowed OVER HERE TOO!  We have a dusting of snow atop Haleakala. 

Kathleen - I hope you'll remember to call me when you come too... I'll meet you there!

Aloha and thanks for the comments.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago
Great scenic walk you had. One day we'll get over there.
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 10 years ago
OK, that's it. I am forgoing the fencing nationals in San Diego this year to trek through Hawaii
Posted by Frank Schulte-Ladbeck (Frank Schulte-Ladbeck Professional Real Estate Inspections) over 10 years ago

Sally - I hope so too!  One day when it stops raining.... : )

Frank - lol ... you will love it.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago
Georgina - What a beautiful post - you have your Dad - I lost mine 13 years ago and would love to have him around for a day like that!!!! Looks like a wonderful place for a hike - and what lovely bamboo! Bamboo is one of my favorites in the garden!!!!! Enjoy every second with your Dad!
Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 10 years ago
BJ - He comes and spends some time with us each winter, from Vancouver.  This year he's wondering why.... lol... it's been about as rainy as Vancouver, but at least we get intermittent sunshine and rainbows.  We celebrated his birthday yesterday.
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago

Hi, Georgina - It sounds like you had a great afternoon with your dad.  Twin Falls sounds like a wonderful place to spend an afternoon exploring. 

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) over 10 years ago
Jesse & Kathy - Yes it is.  This past week they have been closed a lot, due to the streams being too dangerous.... too much rain upcountry.
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago

Howdy Georgina

What a supreme Back to Nature post

you have written.

With very fine photos also.

I really liked reading about you and your dad's walk

to the Twin Falls.

Have a good one

your friend

Dale

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Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 10 years ago
Hi Dale - I'm glad you were able to take a little excursion to the waterfall too!
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago

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