A trip to Maui wouldn’t be complete without a HIKE through the lush greenery of the island, taking in views of VOLCANO-FORMED MOUNTAINS, OCEAN SWELLS and TOWERING TREES along the way.
One great trail to take in Maui’s natural beauty and learn about the Hawaiian culture is the 3-mile WAI‘ĀNAPANAPA COASTAL TRAIL (listed as the KE ALA LOA ‘O MAUI TRAIL on the Na Ala Hele Hawai‘i trail and access system website), just north of Hāna Bay to WAI‘ĀNAPANAPA STATE PARK. There is a cleared heiau (ancient temple) about halfway between Wai‘ānapanapa and Hāna.
VILLAGE WALKING TRAIL AND MAHANA RIDGE TRAIL at Kapalua Resort (kapalua.com) are two hikes in a series of 100-plus miles of trails throughout the resort’s 23,000 acres.
HALEAKALĀ NATIONAL PARK’s 27- mile trail system offers some of the best — and more advanced — hiking on the island. This area showcases stark contrasts both in terrain and topography. Stop by the visitor center for a brochure and current conditions before heading out, or check out nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/hiking.htm.
Trails vary in difficulty, so make sure you have the most updated information for your hike. Good sources for detailed information on trails are NA ALA HELE, THE STATE OF HAWAI‘I’S TRAIL & ACCESS SYSTEM (hawaiitrails.hawaii.gov), and THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES (685 Haleakalā Hwy. in Kahului, 808-873-3508).
Should you choose not to go with an experienced hike guide, remember: Never hike alone, tell others of your plans, and take a mobile phone with you.