Lahaina “L” and David Malo ’s Grave

Lahaina, Hawaii 96761

Lahaina “L” and David Malo ’s Grave

Lahaina “L” and David Malo ’s Grave Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

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NOTE: THIS TRAIL IS NOW CLOSED! If you like steep hikes, this is the hike for you. The trail to the Lahaina “L” is a direct route up the mountain, with little finesse. The “L” is a 30-foot long engraving in the mountainside above Lahaina. David Malo ’s stone-covered grave, above the “L,” is a monument with plaques and tributes to the 1800s scholar and humanitarian. From the grave and the “L” are great views of Lahaina, Kaanapali, the western coastline and the islands of Molokai and Lanai."

Lahaina “L” and David Malo ’s Grave Trip Reports

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5/24/2016
Mt. Pu'u Pa'u Pa'u is a sacred area and visitors are not welcome.

The L and Mt. Pu'u Pa'u Pa'u are accessible ONLY to Lahainaluna Alumni and guest of alumni. We are sick of the area being littered and disrespected. Enough please. Stay off unless you are invited and escorted by Alumni.
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1/16/2013
Signs are posted that the trail is closed, however the trail is frequently used by visitors and locals. The first half of the trail is through former sugar cane fields, now unused, with low "cane grass" and dusty dirt roads. The second half, at the base of Mt. Ball, is more steep and the trail narrower, but easily walkable. The exposed nature of the hill, means that storms may have caused trees to fall across the path, so some blockage to climb over. The reward is a stunning view of West Maui, Lanai, Molokai, and the channel between the islands. Proceed up from the "L" for a short hike to the summit, where the grave of David Malo (d. 1853), native Hawaiian historian, is located in a stone tomb. The tomb is surrounded by class memorials placed by students from Lahainaluna High School, the earliest from around 1955. From the summit, a roundabout trail leads back to the old sugar can fields and back to Lahainaluna Rd. Although the trail is posted as closed, there are signs placed in the area giving guidance to hikers, so the area is used for recreation. I noticed lots of recent footprints and dirt bike tracks. Use at your own risk.
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1/19/2006
This is an outdated report. There is a "no trespassing" sign at the trail head and the place to receive the "pass" is shut down.
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11/28/2005
Since the latest edition of "Day hikes on Maui" there has been a fire. The office mentioned to obtain a permit has burned down and is boarded up. The hike itself is very confusing because there are fire trails intermixed with the hiking trail. I do not recommend this hike to anyone.
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Trail Information

Lahaina
Nearby City
5
Distance
1,750 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
U.S.G.S. Lahaina
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