The Olivine Pools of Maui
A great stop on your trip around the West Maui Mountains, the Olivine pools are the perfect spot to cool off and enjoy some of the natural beauty of Maui. To avoid the crowds that sometimes form at the pools try to arrive early in the morning, or late in the afternoon when many visitors have either not made it, or have moved on for the day.
What Are They?The Olivine Pools are a series of small pools located along the rocky coast of the Western Maui Mountains. There are no sandy beaches here, just the beautifully colored water filling the pools, and lots of rough, jagged lava rock.
How To Get There?As you’re driving down the Kahekili Highway you’ll want to park in the lot located at mile marker 16. From the parking lot there are a series of trails that lead down to the pools, the rocks here are sharp and some parts of the paths are steep, so take care. Make sure to wear some sturdy shoes you don’t mind getting wet because you won’t really want to take them off.
What Makes the Pools Green?The beautiful green water that fills the pools isn’t really green. It appears to be green because the pools are lined with a semi-precious gem called Olivine, which is also how the pools got their name. The clear, unclouded water of Hawaii that fills the pools picks up the green color of the gems in the bright Hawaiian sun.
PrecautionsThere are a few things to be aware of before heading out on your journey to the Olivine pools to ensure your trip goes smoothly.
- This area can be EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. Take all the proper precautions when the ocean is rough. Many people have been seriously injured or killed here.
- Take water, and use the bathroom before you leave or on your way there because there are no facilities.
- Sharp jagged lava rocks everywhere, bring tough shoes and be careful walking; a fall on this stuff will yield some pretty nasty cuts.
- Do not tempt the waves at the edge of the pool, the ocean is a powerful being and can turn on you without a moment’s notice. (if the waves are breaking over the wall and into the pools it is advised not to swim)