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Wailua & Ke’anae Valley Hike

Last updated 22. Oct, 2010 by .

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Giant Fern

Giant Fern

Rating: ★★★★★

In a nutshell: A nice 30-minute hike can turn into a spectacular multi-hour moderately easy-going hiking adventure. Graded un-paved access road passes for miles through an undeveloped Eden of Maui rainforest and watershed.
Minuses: Access may require permission from EMI. On weekends you might encounter boar hunters and their pit bulls.
Sound-bite: “Yesterday I found the best hike on Maui that I’ve done.”

DETAILS:
You can make this hike what you want of it. You can dip in a cool, fresh pool complete with dramatic waterfall in …

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Na’ili’ili Haele Stream & Waterfalls (aka “Bamboo Forest”)

Last updated 01. Aug, 2012 by .

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A Na'ili'ili haele waterfall

Na'ili'ili haele waterfall #3 (or #2, depending how wet it has been.)

Rating: ★★★★½

In a nutshell: Na’ili’ili Haele, for most, will be a nice short hike to two or three waterfalls and pools. The more able hikers will be rewarded with more significant sights.
Minuses: Access may be restricted by EMI. Can become dangerous to nearly impossible depending on conditions/how far you go.
Sound-bite: “Is that really a ladder?”

DETAILS:
This is a great place for everyone from the novice to the extreme hiker, and everyone in between – you …

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Nemo Falls

Last updated 23. Jul, 2010 by .

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The bottom half of Nemo Falls

The bottom half of Nemo Falls

Rating: ★★★★½

In a nutshell: A beautiful unknown waterfall and pool.
Minuses: Access may be restricted by EMI.
Sound-bite: “Wow, a handrail!”

Warning – Those not experienced with Maui safety and EMI access issues should not attempt this hike.
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Getting to Nemo Falls requires a fairly easy ~1/3 mile hike through the Ko’olau Forest Reserve along a 4WD ditch access road, then crossing a narrow utility footbridge (read: potentially unsafe to the untrained, and also EMI infrastructure property), followed by …

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East Maui Irrigation (EMI)

Last updated 23. Jul, 2010 by .

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EMI Ditch System (Wailua Iki)

EMI Ditch System (Wailua Iki)

In a nutshell: EMI is the water company (for agricultural and rural customers.) EMI leases much of the watershed in East Maui, they have been around forever, and control much of the surface water.
Minuses: EMI places signage at entry points to many public lands to which it may not actually have rights to control beyond its infrastructure. Farmers and environmentalists claim EMI dumps excess water it doesn’t use, and that streams beyond the diversion points are no longer healthy as a result of diverting

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