Haleakala National Park: Covering 33,265 acres, Haleakala National Park is a true gem that offers some of the best wildlife viewing and hiking on Maui. According to local legends, the demigod ‘Maui’ imprisoned the sun in order to make the day longer, bestowing upon the area the name Haleakala, which translates to “house of the sun.” There are almost 20 different trails to explore in the park. The most hiked trails in the park lead to the Haleakala Crater, where visitors can take in impressive views of the famous Maui volcano. These trails, known as Sliding Sands and Halemau’u, lead to the volcano, from the top of which you can witness one of Maui’s breathtaking sunrises. Other popular hikes include the Pipiwai Trail (4 miles round trip), Kuloa Point Trail (1/2 mile round trip) and Kahakai Trail (1 mile round trip). Haleakala National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, except during extreme hazardous weather events.
‘Iao Valley State Park Monument: This is a quick and easy hike on a .6 mile paved pedestrian path that extends to the scenic viewpoint of Kuka’emoku and the iconic Iao Needle. You can also take a short walk through the botanical gardens containing plants brought to this area by Hawaiians. There is a $1 fee for walk-ins and $5 fee for cars to enter the park, which is open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. HST.
Nakalele Blowhole: Located in the scenic Poelua Bay in northwest Maui, this area boasts panoramic views of the coast and leads to the blowhole at Nakalele Point. Use caution when driving on the roads in this area as they can pose hazards. A short hike up the Point to see the Blowhole to its full extent is recommended! This natural phenomenon of a blowhole occurs when ocean currents undercut the coastline and force seawater up through an opening in the rock (or lava shelf in this case).
Twin Falls, North Shore: On the Road to Hana (Hana Hwy aka Hwy 360) at Mile Marker #2.1 are some waterfalls frequented by many Hana visitors; if you continue up the road further you can experience some of the best swimming under waterfalls in the world. We highly recommend bringing water shoes or at least flip flops, as it will require wading through some mildly rocky ocean floor.
Lahaina Pali Trail: This trail begins at the Maalaea Harbor with restroom facilities and water vendors. The trail takes you across a sandy beach and ranges in elevation from 100 ft. to 1,600 ft. Offering fantastic views of Kahoolawe and Lanai islands, this trail is a part of the historic Maui trail system and is classified as a Na’Ala Hele Demonstration Trail.
Ohai Loop Trail and Overloo Trail: This 1.2 mile trail is comprised of rolling hills and scenic views. With 200 feet of elevation, this trail is marked as moderate but can easily be finished in an hour. Travel north from Lahaina on Highway 30 and the trailhead is located between the 40 and 41 mile markers.
Waihee Ridge Trail: Waihee will encompass a drive from Kahana Sunset but you’re met with unparalleled views of Waihee Gorge and Makamakaole Gulch. At the peak, you’ll have open views of Wailuku, the Kahakuloa slopes, and Mount Eke. The trail is 2.5 miles and takes approximately 2 hours to complete.
Kapalua Coast Trail: For a hike that also includes an afternoon by the beach, try the Kapalua Coast Trail with wonderful views of nesting areas and tidal pools. See our marine life from above the water and then plan to snorkel at the beach to get a better view.
For more information on Maui hiking trails including openings and closures, please visit Na’Ala Hele, a Hawaii state government trail access program that lists many of the forest reserve trails on the island. This website is administered by the Division of Forestry and Wildlife Department of Land & Natural Resources.
Enjoy Maui hiking and other activities during your stay in our Lahaina oceanfront condos.