Assembly Point: Kahului, Maui
Pick up time: airport-8am, hotel 8:30 Drop off time: 7pm
Tour Cost: $2,445
Locals on Maui like to wear t-shirts proclaiming “Maui no ka oi”, translated “Maui is the Best.” Quite arrogant considering the competition offered by The Big Island, Kauai, Molokai and others in the Hawaiian chain. In all honesty, when we created our Hawaiian hiking trips, we initially excluded Maui, believing that it might be too “touristy.” Hard to believe, but we were wrong. Without a doubt, the hiking on Maui is the absolute best.
The island of Maui is the result of the eruption of two volcanoes, which first formed separate land masses that later were joined by succeeding eruptions. The island’s landscape, as you might imagine, is dominated by one of those volcanoes—Haleakala (10,023')—“the house of the sun.”
We’ll assemble early morning of Day 1 at Kahului at our pre-tour lodge near the airport. We’ll shuttle east into Maui’s upcountry to Waihee Ridge and the rain forest of Kanoa Ridge overlooking Waihee Canyon (4.5 miles). We’ll later head to the beach at Kihei, where we’ll spend our first three nights. Later that afternoon, we’ll hike Iao Needle State Park
Day 2 is devoted to Haleakala in the context of what is considered to be Maui’s signature hike. We’ll hike from the Visitors Center at Haleakala’s summit and descend into the volcano’s crater along the Sliding Sands Trail to the Holua Cabin, across the valley floor, only to climb 1,500' on the Hulemauu Trail to exit the crater (12 miles). We’ll change pace on Day 3 and head out onto the sparkling blue waters of Pacific and snorkel with mind blowing tropical fish, lumbering sea turtles and Technicolor varieties of coral. We’ll also hope to see wintering humpback whales up close and personal—once back on our tour boat.
Day 4, We are back to hiking on the beautiful Lahaina Pali trail (5 miles). Mid-afternoon, we’ll head to Hana on the spectacular Hana Highway, an indispensible ingredient in every Maui adventure. 50 miles, over 600 switchbacks, and 50 bridges later, we have arrived in beautiful Hana, where we’ll spend our final two overnights.
The good news is that our hiking trip along the Pipiwai Trail in Haleakala National Park on Day 5 does not include the Hana Road. We’ll climb through open grasslands and bambooforests on Pipiwai beyond stunning Makahiku Falls to Waimoku Falls, our turnaround point. We’ll return to our trailhead and head for Hana and an afternoon free to explore this fascinating village. (4 miles).
Day 6, we’ll trace a portion of the ancient Kings Highway fromPailoa Bay in Waianapanapa State Park to Kainalimu Bay. This coastal trail traverses wind-swept cliffs overlooking blowholes, sea arches and tidal pools to an ancient Hawaiian temple site (5 miles). We’ll then have lunch in Paia on our return drive to Kahului where the Maui Hiking Tour concludes.
|Day 1||Assemble in Kahului, Maui. Hike Waihee Ridge overlooking Waihee Canyon||4.5 miles|
|Day 2||Haleakala Summit into volcano, across and up on the Haulemauu Trail||12 miles|
|Day 3||Kayak & snorkel La Perouse Bay. Van shuttle Hana Highway to Hana.|
|Day 4||Lahaina Pali Trail||5 miles|
|Day 5||Pipiwai Trail –Makahiku Falls – Waimoku Falls in Haleakala National Park||8 miles|
|Day 6||Coastal trail from Pailoa Bay to Kainalimu Bay in Waianapanapa State Park. Van shuttle to Kahului.
Total Mileage - 34.5 miles