Day Hikes on Maui  by Robert Stone

Day Hikes on Maui Guide Book

by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)
Day Hikes on Maui  by Robert Stone
This guide describes 55 easy day hikes on this beautiful Hawaiian island, with exquisite views of waterfalls, rivers, streams, lush tropical forests, & Haleakala National Park.

© 2001 Robert Stone/Day Hike Books. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Day Hikes on Maui" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 55.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 55.

The Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve on Cape Kinau is a 2,045-acre barren land mass that is covered in black lava. The lava is from a flow down the southwest slope of Haleakala in 1790, the last active flow on Maui. The surreal, desolate landscape is blanketed with loose, jagged aa lava. It is bordered by Ahihi Bay to the north and La Perouse Bay to the south. The road from Makena to La Perouse Bay crosses through the reserve, passing several trail access points. The trails across the stark moonscape lead to kiawe groves, inland ponds, tide-pools and boulder-lined beaches. Views extend beyond the Puu Olai crater to the West Maui Mountains and to the islands of Kahoolawe and Molokini.
Kihei, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.4
Cape Kinau is an enormous land mass formed by a 1790 lava flow from the southwest slopes of Haleakala. The desolate area has been preserved as the Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve. The surreal landscape is covered in fields of rough, unstable black lava rock with inland ponds. The coastline has boulder-lined beaches with endless tidepools. The Southern Trail leads through kiawe forests to the shores of La Perouse Bay. The stunning cobalt blue waters in the bay are as clear and rich as the mind can imagine. The snorkeling here is among the best on the island.
Kihei, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
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The Boundary-Waiohuli Loop winds through the shade of a towering forest with a lush understory of vegetation. The forested path descends along the north Kula Forest Reserve boundary, then follows the west boundary to an old cabin at the junction with the Waiohuli Trail. The Waiohuli Trail climbs 800 feet, passing through dense stands of redwood, cedar and ash trees. The weather is frequently damp and cool due to high altitude. Wear appropriate clothing.
Wailuku, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.8
Fleming Beach Park is a crescent-shaped beach protected by two rocky headlands at Honokahua Bay. Honokahua Stream empties into the bay in a grove of ironwood and kiawe trees. Makaluapuna Point is the lava rock peninsula jutting a quarter mile into the ocean, separating Honokahua Bay from Oneloa Bay. A ridge of jagged trachyte formations known as “Dragon ’s Teeth” extend to the point. The hike begins at the beach and leads across the lava formations to the point, exploring tidepools and overlooking the crashing surf. East Molokai is visible across the Pailolo Channel.
Lahaina, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
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H.A. Baldwin Park is a picturesque park that was originally developed as a private recreation area for the Hawaiian Sugar Company employees. It became a public beach park in 1963. The park has a large grassy picnic area with tables, grills, a pavilion and a protected swimming cove. A white sand beach fronts the park. On the east end is an ironwood and palm tree grove and a low rocky bluff. The park lies between Paia Bay and Spreckelsville Beach Park. All levels of hiking experience are accommodated in this guide, with an emphasis on outstanding scenery and memorable features. Each hike includes a map, detailed driving and hiking directions and a summary. An overall map of Maui and the locations of the hikes is found on the next page. Geographically, Maui is surprisingly diverse. Within an hour you may go from verdant, humid rain forests to the stark, cold and fascinating lunar landscape of the Haleakala crater.
Kahului, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
The Halemauu Trail descends from the west rim of the Haleakala Crater and crosses the crater floor to the eastern end. This hike follows the first mile of the trail, traversing the upper slope across the alpine scrubland to an overlook at the edge of the crater. From the rim are expansive views of the northern flanks of Haleakala, Koolau Gap and the moist cliffs of Leleiwi. The crater floor is dotted with several multi-colored cinder cones.
Kahului, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
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The Halemauu Trail to Holua Cabin descends the sheer cliffs of Haleakala on the west crater wall. The trail begins at 8,000 feet, where dramatic switchbacks zigzag down to Koolau Gap on the crater floor. Along the way are magnificent views into the crater and down the Keanae Valley to the ocean. On the cliffs behind the cabin is a cave; a hundred yards to the east is a lava tube. This hike can be combined with the Sliding Sands Trail for a one-way 11.5-mile shuttle hike.
Kahului, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.8
The Hana Maui Walking Trail crosses the Hana Ranch, an active cattle ranch. The trail across the emerald green slopes, dotted with grazing cattle, overlooks the town of Hana. The hike begins at the Hotel Hana Maui below Lyon ’s Hill and crosses the pastureland and two wooden bridges through forested groves.
Hana, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5
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Both of these parks border a long uninterrupted stretch of golden sand between Kaanapali and Lahaina. A path connects the southern end of Hanakaoo Beach Park with Wahikuli State Park. This hike follows the walking path through both beach parks past grassy picnic areas and shady kiawe and palm tree groves. With easy access from Lahaina and excellent beach and picnic facilities, the parks are popular swimming, snorkeling and picnic sites. To the north, the beach is adjacent to the Kaanapali resorts.
Lahaina, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
The Hana-Waianapanapa Trail follows a portion of the ancient “Kings Highway” from Pailoa Bay in Waianapanapa State Park to Kainalimu Bay in a shady heliotrope grove northwest of Hana Bay. The hike follows the jagged, windswept coastal cliffs, crossing lava flows above caves, underground tunnels and irregular islets. The trail passes blowholes, sea arches, tidepools and an ancient Hawaiian temple site. Smooth hand-set stepping stones are still in place along the aa lava and cinder path.
Hana, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.5
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Honolua Bay, a designated marine sanctuary, is a deep circular bay backed by a lush tropical forest. It is a popular snorkeling, diving and surfing destination. The beach is primarily covered with boulders and scattered sand patches and is bordered by high sea cliffs. Above the bay, atop the plateau, are pineapple fields that lead to Lipoa Point. A trail leads through the dense forest to the rocky shoreline, where the intermittent Honolua Stream empties into the bay. Access to the bay crosses through private land owned by the Maui Land and Pineapple Company. The signage at the trailhead requests that you stay on the trail to the bay. Continue down the wide path, an old jeep road, through the shade of the tropical forest. Cross a rocky wash, arriving at the center of Honolua Bay by an old boat ramp. Beachcomb along the rocky shoreline, choosing your own turnaround spot.
Lahaina, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
Hookipa Beach Park sits alongside the Hana Highway a short distance east of Paia. The park is in a beautiful cliff-lined bay that is spread between two lava rock points and backed by a rocky shelf. The beach is best known as the premier windsurfing beach on Maui and, arguably, in the world. The bay plays host to the world ’s top windsurfers. The trail leads down the bluffs to a small rocky beach with tidepools and natural arches. It is fascinating to watch the windsurfers at Hookipa from the observation overlook at the elevated parking area atop the cliffs.
Paia, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
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Hosmer Grove is an exotic botanical grove at 6,800 feet. It is 3,500 feet below the summit of Haleakala. In 1910, Ralph Hosmer, Hawaii ’s first territorial forester, planted this grove with introduced trees from around the world. He planted spruce, juniper and fir from the United States mainland, cedar and sugi pine from Japan, and eucalypti from Australia. The self-guided nature trail is an easy meandering stroll through the alien forest and continues through a native forest. The grove includes a picnic area and campground.
Kahului, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.7
Iao Valley, an ancient sacred site and spiritual center, sits in a rich green chasm in the West Maui Mountains above the town of Wailuku. The six-acre state park is home of Kukaemoku, commonly referred to as the Iao Needle, a moss-covered 2,250-foot basalt mantle that sharply rises 1,200 feet from the valley floor. The Iao Needle Overlook is a roofed pavilion with benches overlooking Wailuku, the Iao Valley, Iao Needle and the precipitous steep valley walls. A paved nature trail curves through a tropical botanic garden that borders the banks of the Iao Stream. The gardens are landscaped with native and introduced plants. Hike up the paved path past the restrooms towards the bridge crossing over a tributary of Iao Stream. Before crossing, take the interpretive nature trail to the left, descending into the botanical garden. Follow the paved path, exploring the gardens and ponds. The trail loops at the southern end along Iao Stream.
Wailuku, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.6
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Kaihalulu “Red Sand” Beach is a hidden gem in the town of Hana on the isolated south side of Kauiki Head. The secluded, clothing-optional beach is set in a small pocket cove enclosed by towering volcanic cliffs. The red sand originates from the eroded volcanic cinders spilling off the cliffs. The exotic looking beach is often protected from the strong ocean currents by a large, jagged lava rock barrier that forms a natural sea wall. The only access to the beach is from a narrow, eroded cliff-hugging trail above the ocean.
Hana, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
The Kamaole Beaches are three separate but adjacent beach parks bordering South Kihei Road. All three white sand beaches are connected by low grassy sea cliffs and are bordered by rocky promontories. Kamaole 3, the shortest of the three beach pockets, is backed by a large tree-shaded grassy knoll.
Kihei, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
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Kanaha Beach Park, adjacent to the Kahului airport, is a tree-lined park backed by a large, grassy, shady picnic area. A mile long strip of white sand lies between the grassy area and the ocean. Kanaha Beach is divided into a series of smaller pockets by rock jetties that help slow down erosion. At the west end of the beach is Hobron Point, bordering the Kahului Harbor. The steady trade winds that sweep across the Maui isthmus make this an excellent and popular windsurfing beach.
Kahului, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
Kanaha Pond Wildlife Sanctuary is a 143-acre preserve and nesting site for endangered and migratory birds. Looping paths circle the perimeter of the wetland sanctuary through a shaded forest with native plants. There are numerous abandoned concrete World War II bunkers along the trails. The wildlife sanctuary is adjacent to the town of Kahului.
Wailuku, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
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Kapalua Beach, also known as Fleming Beach, is a popular swimming and snorkeling site. The picturesque crescent-shaped beach is protected by a coral reef and lined with palms. The bay is bordered by a rocky point to the south and Kaekaha, a peninsula separating the beach from Namalu Bay to the north. The trail crosses a luxury resort complex at the north end of the bay to the lava rock peninsula. The views extend across the Pailolo Channel to East Molokai.
Lahaina, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.8
Kapilau Ridge, at the west end of Wailuku, separates the Iao Valley from the Waikapu Valley. This ridge trail is a short, steep unmaintained footpath directly up the ridge to a large wooden cross overlooking Wailuku. The cross was originally built by students of St. Anthony High School in 1956 and is still maintained by the students. A ladder climbs up the cross to panoramic views extending from Paia and the Waihee Valley to Kihei and Wailea.
Wailuku, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8
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