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Maui Hiking and Waterfall Info

Waimoko Falls Trail has huge bamboo forests which are natural wind chimes with a little breeze.

 

BLUE POOL - Kahanu Gardens, Hana (East Maui) One of Maui's best kept secrets. Family hike to a beautiful coastal waterfall and pool (1.4 miles/1 hour round-trip).

CAMP MALUHIA - Highway 34 to Camp Maluhia Access Road. (Central Maui). Trailhead for strenuous Waihee Ridge hike (5 miles/3 hours round-trip). (Part of Na Ala Hele statewide trail system.) Superb valley and canyon views. Trail is steep at times.

HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK - Haleakala National Park consists of 28,655 acres of which 19,270 are wilderness. The park preserves the outstanding volcanic landscape of the upper slopes of Haleakala rising to 10,023-foot elevation and protects the unique and fragile ecosystems of the Kipahulu Valley, the scenic pools along Oheo Gulch, and many rare and endangered species. Extensive network of hiking trails. Call for information or visit their site. P. O. Box 369, Makawao, HI 96768. (Upcountry Maui) (808) 572-4400

HAWAII NATURE CENTER - Private, non-profit organization that provides hands-on outdoor adventures for children and adults. Call for information on guided hikes into Iao Valley. Iao Valley Road, Wailuku, HI 96793 (Central Maui) (808) 244-6500

HAWAII STATE DEPARTMENT OF LAND & NATURAL RESOURCES Division of Forestry & Wildlife. Free Maui hiking trail information including information on the state Na Ala Hele trail system and free recreation maps. 54 South High Street Wailuku, HI 96793 (Central Maui) (808) 984-8100

HAWAII STATE PARKS - Dept. Of Land & Natural Resources
54 South High Street, Rm. 101, Wailuku, HI 96793 (Central Maui) (808) 984-8109. Hours: 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (Closed Weekends and State Holidays) Information and free site maps on hiking in Maui's state parks.

HOSMER GROVE NATURE LOOP - HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK (Upcountry Maui). Hike through an exotic forest - home to native and alien species of birds, plants and insects (0.7 mile/30 minute round-trip). Great bird-watching. Free trail brochure at site. Drive-in campground.

IAO VALLEY STATE PARK - End of Iao Valley Road, Wailuku. (Central Maui) Awe-inspiring sacred valley laced with a network of hiking trails. Sample hike: streamside trail (1.5 miles/30 mins. one-way).

KAPUNAKEA PRESERVE - THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF HAWAII
(West Maui) The Conservancy's literature states: "In the West Maui mountains, overlooking sugar cane fields and hotel resorts, hides an ecological oasis and a biological treasure: Kapunakea Preserve. With 11 different native natural communities, Kapunakea Preserve (1,264 acres) exemplifies the extraordinary concentration of biological diversity that is Hawai'i." Access to the Preserve is limited to guided hikes by the Nature Conservancy staff and volunteers. (Voluntary monthly work trips are offered by the Nature Conservancy.)

 

KIPAHULU / OHEO GULCH - HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK - Kipahulu
(East Maui) A series of beautiful streams and pools beginning in a rain forest and ending at the sea. Swim with caution. Danger of flash floods. Call ranger station for information on hike to Makahiku Falls (0.75 mile/25 minutes one-way) and Waimoku Falls (4 miles/2 hours one-way). Drive-in campground.

LA PEROUSE BAY - Makena (South Maui) Strenuous King's Highway hike along lava flow, spectacular shoreline, secluded coves and many ancient archaeological sites (4 miles/2 hour round-trip).

MAUI COUNTY PARKS - Department of Parks and Recreation. 1580 C Kaahumanu Avenue, Wailuku, HI 96793 (Central Maui) (808) 243-7389 Hours: 7:45 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Mon.-Fri. (Closed weekends/holidays)
Free information on Maui's county parks.

NATURE CONSERVANCY OF HAWAII - THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF HAWAII , a non-profit organization, has several preserves on Maui including the Kapunakea Preserve, and the Waikamoi Preserve. The Conservancy's mission is to protect the finest remaining examples of native plants, animals and natural communities in Hawaii by protecting the places they need to survive. 81 Makawao Avenue, Suite 203A, Makawao, HI 96768 (Upcountry Maui) (808) 572-7849.

POLIPOLI SPRING STATE RECREATION AREA - Kula Forest Reserve, Kula (Upcountry Maui) Miles of hiking trails at 6,200 foot elevation through a magical misty forest. Free admission. Park is always open unless weather conditions are very severe. Sample hike: Redwood Trail (1.7 mile/1 hour round-trip). Campground and one cabin.

WAIANAPANAPA STATE PARK - Hardy family hike on ancient Hawaiian coastal lava trail leading to Hana (4 miles / 2 hours one-way). Campground and cabins. Hwy 360E (Hana Hwy-past Mile Marker 32), Hana (East Maui)

WAIHEE VALLEY - Waihee Valley Road, Waihee (Central Maui) Hardy family hike - combining exotic rain forest with tricky footbridge crossings ending in a cool swim (2 miles/90 minutes one-way).

WAIKAMOI PRESERVE - THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF HAWAII (East Maui). The Conservancy's literature describes the Waikamoi Preserve as being "A 5230-acre protected area - a sanctuary for hundreds of native Hawaiian species, many of them rare or endangered. Here, in windswept subalpine regions and rainforests of koa and ohia, native plants, birds and insects have woven an ecological fabric like no other on the planet - one that supports some of the rarest and most beautiful of Earth's creatures: the unique forest birds of Hawaii." Access to the Preserve is limited to guided hikes led by either Nature Conservancy staff and volunteers, or by National Park Service guides.

WAIKAMOI RIDGE - Family loop hike through a magnificent rain forest to an overlook of bamboo groves and Waikamoi stream (0.8 mile/30 minutes round-trip). Highway 360E (Hana Hwy-past Mile Marker 9)
(East Maui)

Waimoku Falls

Waimoku Falls Trail

 

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