Maui, Hawaii, is commonly referred to as the "Valley Isle" and sports a variety of trails including a rocky mountaintop, luscious forests and warm, inviting beaches. Travelers interested in scenic hikes can find maps and information in travel books, or hire a guide from one of the numerous commercial tourism agencies. But, for those seeking like-minded individuals, several clubs and organizations exist to provide hikers with company to complement the landscape.
The Maui Chapter of the Sierra Club conducts several hikes each month that explore a wide variety of areas and educate participants about Hawaiian history, culture, and ecology. These trips offer opportunities to explore botanical gardens, historical landmarks, archaeological sites and several boast the potential for swimming.
Sierra Club - Maui Group
P.O. Box 791180 Paia, HI 96779
The Audubon Society maintains a chapter based in Honolulu and conducts field trips to observe birds in their native habitats around the islands.
Hawaii Audubon Society
850 Richards Street, Suite 505 Honolulu, HI 96813-4709
For those interested in lending a hand while hiking, Maui Tomorrow features opportunities for participating in the maintenance of trails and archaeological sites. Volunteers help to plant native species and remove litter and invasive species.
Maui Tomorrow Foundation
55 Church St. Suite A-5, Wailuku HI 96793
Friends of Haleakala National Park hosts both day trips and overnight camping trips. Participants help in cabin maintenance and removal of invasive species while hiking Maui's highest peak and enjoying the breath-taking views.
Friends of Haleakala National Park
P.O. Box 322 Makawao, HI 96768
Oahu-Based Social Clubs
Though not centered in Maui, several social clubs local to Oahu host occasional hiking trips in Maui. The Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) schedules frequent hikes and occasional camp outs. The club is allowed access to areas that are closed to the general public, thus allowing members to see sights that they would normally have to pay a guide to experience.
Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club
O'ahu Hikers and Adventurers is a recently founded informal social group that conducts hiking trips and other social activities.
O'ahu Hikers and Adventurers
Article Written By Danielle Gilstrap
A recent graduate of CSU Long Beach, Danielle Gilstrap is just breaking into the world of professional writing. In 2007 she began writing minutes for several University committees, including the Student Senate and the Executive Committee on Student Success. She holds a B.A. in English with an emphasis in literature, and has been published by eHow and Trails.com.