Haleakala National Park: Covering 33,265 Haleakala National Park is a true gem that offers some of the best hiking and wildlife viewing on Maui. Haleakala means “house of the sun” and following the local legends, the demigod Maui imprisoned the sun here in order to make the day longer. The most hiked trails lead to the Haleakala Crater where views of the volcano can be had these trails are the Sliding Sands and Halemau'u trails. This is one of the most popular places to hike to see a spectacular sunrise. Other popular trails include the Pipiwai Trail (4 miles roundtrip), Kuloa Point Trail (1/2 mile round trip), and Kahakai Trail (1/2 mile each way). The 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 path that goes out to the scenic viewpoint of Kuka‘emoku. You can also take a short walk through a botanical garden that contains plants brought to this area by Hawaiian’s. There is a $5 fee for cars and the park is open up from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HST.
Nakalele Blowhole: Located in the scenic Pohelua Bay with full panoramic views of the coastline of Maui. Be sure to be careful as this area can be very dangerous. This very short hike to see the full extent of the blowhole is something that is recommended to see its full beauty. This phenomenon occurs because the ocean is undercutting the coastline and forcing seawater up through a hole in the lava shelf.
Twin Falls, North Shore: On the road to Hana (Mile Marker: #2.1 (Hana Hwy aka Hwy 360) this area is often frequented by visitors who only approach some of the first falls. If you take the time to go further you can experience some of the best swimming under water falls in the world. Be sure to bring water shoes or flip flops as it will require you to wade through some water.
Na Ala Hele a Hawaii State Government trail access program lists out many other trails on the island of Maui that are part of the forest reserves. This trail website is administered by the Division of Forestry and Wildlife Department of Land and Natural Resources. You can even see if a particular trail is currently open.
We hope you’ll enjoy Maui hiking during your stay in our Lahaina oceanfront condos.