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.” 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.
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.