Port Angeles, Washington
July 10, 2003
At one time, Blue Pool was known only to the local folks. Now it is written up in all the guidebooks, and is quite a busy place. Busy isn’t necessarily bad, but Blue Pool is just that – a pool. Small. I recommend that if you want to visit Blue Pool, try to go early in the morning to beat the crowds and catch the sun at the best angle.
I enjoyed my visits to Blue Pool, but if you are needing to choose activities for a limited visit to the Hana area, I advise to put Blue Pool as a low priority. In addition to the crowds I mentioned above, the drive and parking situation are not the best.
Blue Pool is located at the very end of Ulaino Road (about ½ mile west of airport road). Ulaino Road is 3 miles long, and is wide and paved for about a mile, then becomes narrow and dirt. There is one spot near Kahanu Gardens where a small creek flows across the road. Most passenger cars should be able to drive through the water, but if you don’t feel comfortable with that, then you will have to park here and walk the remaining 1.5 miles. After this creek crossing, the road has many potholes and is rough. The last ½ mile is a tight squeeze, which is another reason to go in the morning before the masses arrive.
There is a small parking area at the end of the road, with parking enough for about 6 cars. Good luck turning around if the parking area is full! Just next to the parking area is a large stillwater area of a creek. This is NOT Blue Pool (a common mistake). To get to Blue Pool, walk down to the ocean. Head northwest across the shallow creekbed, and rockhop across the rocky "beach." After about 5 minutes, you should see the small waterfall tucked into the boulders.
If it hasn’t rained in a while, the pool sometimes gets floating leaves, etc. It is much nicer when a good rain cleans it all out.
Blue Pool is not a grand waterfall, like so many depicted on Hawaii postcards. It is small, not much more than a trickle. Not that it isn’t nice – it is! Even though it is small, there is a lovely curtain of water that comes down, and the whole area has hanging flowers and plants. It is a pretty, non-traditional waterfall and pool which is a great diversion on a hot day!
From journal Where to Get Wet in Hana (Maui)