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A May 2008 trip to Maui by Foxboro Marmot

Waianapanapa/Waianapanapa State Park Photo, Hana, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: There are some excellent hikes on Maui with waterfalls, bamboo forests and scenery. Then there are others to avoid. Take a look.

Waianapanapa/Wai'anapanapa State Park

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Attraction | "Waianapanapa State Park Coast Hike - Black Lava and Waves"

Waianapanapa/Wai'anapanapa State Park Photo, Hana, Hawaii
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The coast trail leaves the right side of the parking lot at the Black Sand beach overlook and passes near an occasionally active blowhole, then winds along the desolate shore, on a black lava shelf out of reach of waves crashing below.In the interest of full disclosure, we don’t really know how far the trail extends, since we’ve only gone 2 1/2 miles down the coast before turning back. There’s little shade and, while the scenery along the coast can be spectacular, it does get repetitive after awhile. Honestly, waves crashing against black lava, blowholes and lava arches are great, but after baking in the hot sun for an hour, it all seems more than enough. Turn back whenever you've had enou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 4, 2008

Waianapanapa/Wai'anapanapa State Park
Highway 360
Hana, Hawaii

PoliPoli State Park Hike

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Attraction | "PoliPoli - We Did This So You Don't Have to!"

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Sometimes the best information about a hike is when someone tells you "Don’t do it. It’s not worth the bother." And so we come to the Redwood Trail – Plum Trail – Haleakala Ridge Trail 4.6 mile loop in PoliPoli State Park on the southwest slope of Haleakala. We hiked this so you don’t have to.If you must explore up here, take Route 37 to the Kula area and find Waipoli Road near Rice Park. It’s a winding road uphill the flank of Haleakala with one redeeming feature. After passing through open fields of grazing cows, you’ll approach the tree line. If you pull over and look around a bit, you should be able to spot Maui’s (currently) one and only disc golf course. Disc golfers, bring your...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 4, 2008

Hike Maui

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Attraction | "Best Maui Hike - Na'ili'ili-haele Waterfalls Hike"

Hike Maui Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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The first challenge is simply finding the starting point! Go past Paia heading towards Hana. Watch for Route 36 to become Route 360 - here the numbers on mileage markers start over. The trailhead is 1 6/10 miles after mile marker #5 – the marker for #6 was missing when we were there – but it’s easy to spot. There’s a dirt shoulder on the right side of the road where maybe 5 cars can park, with a wire fence holding back dense green vegetation. A quick look shows a gap where the trail starts. Across the road there are some tall Cook Island pines, the trees that look like nature’s attempt to grow a disguised cell tower.Prepare for this hike by making sure you’ve got decent foot...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 4, 2008

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Commuter parking lot at intersection of Highways 380 and 350
Kahului, Hawaii 96733
+1 808 879 5270

Swinging Bridges/Waihee Valley Hike

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Attraction | "Second Best Maui Hike - Swinging Bridges"

The first swinging bridge Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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The second best hike on Maui, 2 miles each way.This is one of the guided hikes that Maui Eco-Adventures takes people on, but you can easily do it yourself.The Waihe'e Valley of Maui is located in the northeastern part of West Maui, just around the corner from Wailuku. From Wailuku, get on Route 340 heading north. After a school on your left, look for a left turn onto Waihee Valley Road. Take it. (If you get to the 5 mile marker, you’ve gone too far. Turn around and try again.) Follow along until you get to a tee in the road. Turn right to Waihee Valley Plantation. There’s a little booth. Pay $6 per person and park in the small lot. Now so...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 4, 2008

Iao Valley State Park

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Attraction | "Do More than Just Look at the Iao Needle"

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Many people drive up to get a look at Iao Needle. If the weather’s right – no low clouds – they stand on the bridge about a minute’s walk from the parking lot to take the iconic photo of the Needle that seems to grace almost every book, website and article about Maui. Probably fewer than half take a few minutes to stroll along the paved paths on the far side of the bridge, to go up to the overlook, then down to where two valley streams join together.For a low stress hike, cross the bridge and follow the trail downhill. Just before the paved path starts to parallel the stream, you’ll notice a few dirt paths off to the right through the brush. To make it clearer, there's a sign askin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 4, 2008

Iao Valley State Park
Iao Valley Road
Wailuku, Hawaii 96793
No phone available

Hiking

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Attraction | "Hike Beyond LaPeruse Bay? Maybe Not"

Hiking Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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It’s possible to walk 3 3/4 miles across unshaded lava flows on a trail made up of fist sized chunks of lava rock to wind up, essentially, nowhere. Pass rocky, uninteresting coves with poor snorkeling along the way to what we’ve been told is a community fishing shack. We recommend walking only the first mile to a protected snorkeling cove.From parking at end-of-road LaPeruse Bay, take any of the paths wandering south across the lava. If hiking up to around mid-morning, keep a lookout for dolphins in the bay. One of the best tip-offs that there’s something out there is a Zodiac tour boat stopped with people on board pointing.After less than a half-mile the paths come together ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 4, 2008

Hiking
from Napili to Kapalua along the Ocean
Maui, Hawaii