Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve Northern Trail

Kihei, Hawaii

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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.

Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve: Northern Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Kihei
Distance: 1.4
Trail Type: Shuttle
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: U.S.G.S. Makena - Island Of Maui Recreation Map

Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve: Northern Trail Reviews

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8/19/2008
Thought I would try this hike while in the area, but upon arrival at the park, I found a sign stating "Area Closed Aug. 1, 2008 - July 31, 2010".
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