Waterscaper creates “natural,”
therapeutic waterfalls to soothe the soul.
What if driving three
to four hours through East Maui to feel that soothing essence of a
waterfall wasn’t necessary? What if you could experience that peace
and tranquility from your own home? What if you could envision a
three-tiered waterfall while looking out your dining room window?
What if falling asleep to the sound of trickling water happened
Sindhu Rumpler, owner and sole proprietor of Upcountry Water
Features, creates “natural” waterfalls, irrigation systems and
landscaping to Maui residents and businesses.
“Running water is therapeutic,” said Rumpler. “Our minds go too
fast. The water will make you slow down and remember where you are.
Sometimes people forget that.”
People always think Rumpler’s Upcountry Water Features are
natural. “Many people can’t tell, which is a big compliment,” he
said. His work has reminded clients of Twin Falls and the pools in
“The secret is to avoid straight lines,” said Rumpler, who uses
living color with his gardening experience to tie it all together.
“That’s another secret—to provide wildlife and nature. I must think
about the bugs, toads and mosquitoes along with the water, and the
effect all will have on each other.”
Rumpler uses Ulupalakua rocks, a‘a lava, to provide the crooks
and crannies in a natural form. “Sunlight, shade and smells also
play a part in the grand scheme of things,” said Rumpler.
“The main thing is that I would like people to relax. I create an
intimate space for them to do this. We are all so wired up—we need a
Needing a break is what prompted the career move for Rumpler
almost two decades ago. Rumpler used to spend his nights bartending,
as a disk jockey, and part owner of a club. “When I started
gardening, I gained my sanity,” he said. “Gardening saved my life.”
Rumpler moved to Hawai‘i 21 years ago, and made Maui his home 17
years ago. He started out mowing lawns, until his equipment was
stolen. That incident, as well as the request of members of the
Baldwin family for his expertise, pushed him into gardening. “It has
just expanded over the years,” said Rumpler.
Starting as a gardener, Rumpler concentrated on landscaping. “The
beginning of my career was doing these crazy designs of organic
vegetable gardens,” he said. “I have always been a farmer.” Rumpler
is best known for his “Incredible Roses” formerly located at
Hasegawa’s Upcountry. The rose farm lasted for seven years.
“It was always in my mind to do water features,” said Rumpler.
“This is a creative process. It is not work for me. I want to get up
in the morning and do this. I am surrounded by fish, orchids and
greenery. I love working with water. It is such a surprising
element. When building, you are only using the imagination. You
don’t know how it will finish until you turn the water on. I am
constantly working in reverse. I believe that I am an artist—that is
In three years of doing water features, many things have
developed for Rumpler. Irrigation, tree treatment, gardening and
landscape are all part of his everyday job.
“Multi-tasking,” he said. “One just leads to the next. I would
not do only one. Waterfalls hold most challenge and creativity
though… and the client with expectations.”
Rumpler must search the psyche of his clients on which sounds,
smells and feeling they are looking for in a water feature. The
sound of the water can be quiet and meditative, to the roaring of a
big waterfall. He uses a small pump through the filter and a big
pump that moves the water. The difference in sound depends on which
pump, or both, are used. Both are satisfying and beautiful.
There is 7,000 gallons of water running through the system in one
hour with both pumps on. It is conservative, and wastes not. The
circulating water refills itself. “There is more water waste in
washing your car than through one of my waterfalls.”
Another plus to a waterfall from Rumpler’s Upcountry Water
Features is that property value automatically increases. “Yes, many
of my clients were excited about that, too.” The waterfalls range in
price from $16,000 to $19,000.
For more information, visit
upcountrywaterfeatures.com or contact Rumpler at 283-5713