When hiking out in nature, have you ever wondered how the plants and insects you see got to Hawai'i? Or how about what kinds of birds are twittering from the tree tops? Hiking is a great way to learn about and better appreciate your natural environment.
We encourage you to explore the other pages on this site and our photo gallery before you explore your watershed. Wherever you go, REMEMBER: Protect native ecosystems by cleaning your gear thoroughly before you head out and always stay on the trail! These two simple steps will help prevent the spread of invasive weeds and insects into our precious native forests.
If you are interested in a community service hike, WMMWP has begun a great volunteer program to get involved. Grab your friends and family and check out our next stewardship hike!
West Maui Hikes
* Lahaina Pali Trail: This historic hiking trail between Maalaea and Ukumehame offers great panoramic views through dryland vegetation. Although this trail can be very hot and dusty, it is nonetheless beautiful and worthwhile. Check out the Na Ala Hele website for more information on where to park, what to bring and what you will see!
* Ohai Trail: A newly completed trail of the Na Ala Hele system located at Kahakuloa, along West Maui's north shore. While on the trail hikers will have the chance to view the Hawaiian endangered plant 'ohai, as well as the more common nehe, 'ulei, 'akoko, and 'a'ali'i - and other wildlife, including native sea birds, turtles, and whales in winter. The trail head is located at the 41 mile marker of the Kahekili Highway, at Papanalahoa Point between Kahakuloa Village and the Nakalele Blowhole
* Waihe'e Ridge Trail: Managed by the State's Na Ala Hele trail and access system, Waihe'e Ridge Trail offers views of wet forest types and deep windward valleys. The end of the trail, at 2,563 feet, boasts panoramic views of Wailuku and central Maui, the Kahakuloa slopes, and Mount Eke. For those seeking a more involved experience, the WMMWP crew leads quarterly stewardship hikes to control highly invasive strawberry guava along the trail. Visit our Stewardship Hikes page to learn more!
* 'Iao Valley State Park: 'Iao Valley was once the home to many kings of Maui. Now a memorial to peace in the islands, this user friendly park contains short, easy hiking trails and interpretive signs depicting the natural and cultural appeal of this area. **Due to damages caused by heavy flooding in September 2016, the park is currently closed until further notice.
* Waihe'e Coastal Dunes: The Waihe'e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge is owned and managed by the Hawaii Islands Land Trust. The public is invited to join HILT on free guided hikes throughout the year or to embark on a self-guided hike along the 2-mile trail through the refuge. For more information, contact HILT.
Hikes Elsewhere in Maui
Na Ala Hele is a State program that maintains designated hiking trails throughout Maui with the help of volunteers. For more information about Na Ala Hele trails around the island, visit their Maui Island guide.
Haleakala National Park offers a range of outdoor activities including day hikes, overnight hikes, camping, and ranger talks. They once led a "Waikamoi Cloud Forest Hike" on Mondays and Thursdays and a more extensive "Walk on the Wet Side" hike into Waikamoi Preserve on every 3rd Sunday of the month. However, as a precaution to guard against the spread of Rapid Death into the park, these hikes are currently cancelled until further notice.
Upcoming Stewardship Hikes
WMMWP will be hosting quarterly stewardship hikes in the coming months. Please visit our Stewardship Hikes page for information and dates!