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Wailua & Ke’anae Valley Hike

Last updated 22. Oct, 2010 by .

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.”

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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Hike Maui

Last updated 13. Jan, 2010 by .

The oldest, most experienced hiking company in the state.
Meet at Park N Ride commuter lot., Kahului
$70 - $160

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Nakalele Point, Blowhole & “Acid War Zone”

Last updated 10. Feb, 2013 by .

A tall blast at high tide.

A tall blast at high tide.

Rating: ★★★★½

In a nutshell: Blowhole and scenic rugged coastline hike.
Minuses: If you’re not sure-footed parts of the trail can be challenging.
Sound-bite: [hssssst....BLAST!]

If you’re looking at the map below, first thing you’ll notice are two parking areas with trails to the blowhole. If you’re less mobile or traveling with little ones, the closer area at the 38.5mm would probably be your best choice. This area is also overlooking the blowhole so those who prefer can view it from a distance without having …

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West Maui’s North Shore – Kapalua to Wailuku

Last updated 10. Aug, 2011 by .

Steep, narrow, cliff-edge driving. See the white car following a bit behind the blue Jeep?

Steep, narrow, cliff-edge driving.
Hint: The car and Jeep are on the same short stretch of road.

Rating: ★★★★☆

In a nutshell: Rugged shoreline, scenic vistas, and cliff-edge driving you’ll never forget.
Minuses: If you’re not a confidant driver parts of this drive could be your worst nightmare.
Sound-bite: “what do you mean back up!?!

Most visitors will travel in and out of West Maui along its West and South shores through Maalaea. This is definitely the commuter route, as the route along West Maui’s northern side is precarious and …

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Waihe’e Ridge Trail

Last updated 16. Jan, 2010 by .

One of the many spectacular views into Waihee Valley

One of the many spectacular views into Waihee Valley

Rating: ★★★★☆

In a nutshell: Hike into the clouds, with spectacular views.
Minuses: Fairly steep 2.5 miles, can be slippery back down.
Sound-bite: [Birds singing]

This is a nice hike with spectacular views. The photos here don’t do the views full justice. Every direction you look, you’re treated with a different view – lush rainforest valley, Makamakaole Falls in the distance, and many spectacular views of the ocean, isthmus and Haleakala side of Maui.

If you’re a birder you’ll encounter plenty of …

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Lahaina Pali Trail

Last updated 24. Apr, 2012 by .

Maalaea Coastline Lahaina Pali Trail

Maalaea Coastline from the trail.

Rating: ★★★½☆

In a nutshell: A rugged and challenging 5-10 mile hike with stunning panoramas of the central valley, ocean and neighbor islands.
Minuses: If you want to do the whole trail you’ll need 2 cars or legs of steel.
Sound-bite: [whipping winds]

This is a rugged and strenuous 5-mile trail from Maalaea to Ukumehame. This is an out-and-back hike with trailheads on either end. Both trailheads are close to sea level and the trail gains ~1600 ft. in 2.5 miles, then descends back toward …

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Swinging Bridges (aka Waihe’e Valley Trail)

Last updated 20. Sep, 2011 by .

Swinging Bridges Pool

Not the most dramatic Maui waterfall, but fun to swim in nonetheless!

In a nutshell: CLOSED. Hike into windward West Maui Mountains across suspension bridges, small waterfalls and end at a pool.
Minuses: CLOSED.
Sound-bite:“I’m trespassing, but I paid the fee!?!”

A strong razor-wire lined gate has been placed on the trail/access road. Sorry, it is actually a very sore spot among native Hawaiians, residents and visitors alike, but no one can go here any more.

More information in …

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