Upper Waikani Falls

Upper Waikani Falls

A more well-known waterfall on the Road to Hana, beautiful Upper Waikani Falls is just a quick scramble from the highway. Fed by the Wailua Nui Stream, its headwaters originate just above the Ko’olau Forest Reserve on Haleakala.

Waikani Falls splits into three falls during low flow times and merges into a single large falls during higher flows. Hence, it is sometimes called “Three Bears Falls.” Transliterated from the Hawaiian language though, “Wai” means water and “kani” means either roaring, strong, or to drink (satisfy thirst).

From the Photographer:

“This is one of the most iconic waterfalls on Maui, nestled into a small alcove of lava rock and fauna it flows most of the year. I shot this in the morning just after sunrise with a Canon 5D MK II and 17-40L lens. Have a great day! Aloha!”

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About Mike Neubauer

Hawaii based landscape photographer Mike Neubauer has been honing his craft for over 15 years. His fascination with light and the elements of nature play nicely into his compositions. Trained at The Art Institute of Colorado, Mike has become a master at portraying the magic of nature in full grandeur. After spending time in Italy studying photography, Mike moved to the Hawaiian Islands. A perfectionist with an acute sense of detail, Mike has since explored the lush landscapes of Hawaii in pursuit of capturing the essence of its beauty. His awe inspiring images have attracted the attention of gallery owners, national magazines and international art distribution houses that proudly feature his work. A selection of Mike's work can be found on his website at mknbr.com.