Some of the biggest attractions on Maui are the multitude of pristine beaches that can be found at almost any point on the island - from Makena to Kapalua and everywhere in between. In exploring the Valley Isle, there is so much more to be seen than just stunning beaches. The Hawaiian Islands are also known for a plethora of varying climate zones, making it one of the most diverse places. There is a hike to suit any preference and skill level, from the West Maui Mountains to lush highland forests in Haiku.
Beginner – Many options are available when looking for a leisurely stroll to see Maui’s spectacular terrain. Before the winding road to Hana, Twin Falls in Haiku offers opportunities to take a dip in cooling freshwater streams and experience the Hawaiian Rainforest. This land is located on a fully functioning farm, with a path that guides effortlessly through tropical rainforest terrain. During the 1.5-mile hike, you can see flowing waterfalls, tropical fruits, and native foliage.
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Intermediate – For those who are looking for higher heart rates and steeper slopes while still being able to experience the beauty that Maui has to offer, look no further than the Waihe’e Ridge Trail. On this 2.5-mile hike, there are extensive sights of Maui’s north shore which slowly slopes upwards to Haleakala. Throughout the trek, you experience both highland forest and tropical conditions. A flowing stream runs from the mountain’s peak down toward the ocean and can be seen in the valley between the ridgelines. You also may be lucky enough to spot the endemic ‘o’hia lehua blooming red or bright yellow during spring. While enjoying the cool breeze and panoramic views at the end of the hike you might catch a glimpse of Moloka’i.
Photo Credit: "Waihee Ridge Trail - Maui - Hawaii" by xalub33
Advanced – On the opposite side of the West Maui Mountains, runs a steep trail with panoramic views of central to south Maui extending into the Pacific. The Lahaina Pali Trail goes for about 5.5-miles from Ma’alaea to Lahaina, ending at the surf spot, Grandma’s. Many people opt to hike halfway to the peak elevation where wind turbines overlook the Pacific Ocean. The Hawaiian Islands, Kaho’olawe and Lana’i, can both be seen from this vantage point. During the winter, many whales may also be seen in the tropical waters. This challenging hike allows you to view Maui from a unique vantage point.
Photo credit: "Windmills" by kahunapulej
Those above are merely a sampling of vast options throughout Maui. Share with us your favorite hikes, photos, and experiences.
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