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NAPILI BAY TO KAPALUA   We will start here with a short easy hikes that we can start directly from our Napili Bay front door. 1.Napili Beach to Kapalua Beach and over to Hawea point shoreline reserve. Start on Napili Bay right in front of our condo. Walk down the crescent shaped beach and when you get to the "Sea House Restaurant". Walk out to the back of the Napili Kai restaurant and across the parking lot at a diagonal toward a public restroom and tunnel. Take the tunnel and this leads to beautiful Kapalua beach.

KAPALUA TO IRONWOODS   Continue to hike to Kapalua Beach and around the point where you can see "honeymoon" bay. Continue the paved walk and you will come across a road where there are the Kapalua bay Villas. Go to the left at a "Public Shore Access". From here if you veer off the the left you will hike through a shorebird conservation area and end up at "honeymoon bay". If you veer to the right pass in front of the condos until you see a path that leads down to the public beach and the 1 miles wooden beachwalk. At the end of the walk there is a access road betwwen the "Ironwoods Development" and the the Kapalua condos. Climb up the stairs.Take this road to the right and you will end up after a short hike upward at Lower Honoapiilana Rd. Go to the right and this road will lead you right back to Hui Dr. and the Napili Bay Condos.

IRONWOOD TO DT. FLEMING BEACH.. When you have reached Lower Honoapiilani Rd make a left. Follow the road all the way down to where it ends at Office Rd. Keep going straight and onto the grounds of the Ritx Carlton. There is a small path that will take you to D.T. Fleming Beach. 

Some of my favorite hikes on Maui:


1.     Maunalei Arboretum and Honolua Ridge (3 mile loop/ 1300 feet elevation gain/1.5-2 hours) or the Mahana Ridge (6.5 miles/2750 ft/3-4 hours) Trails.  Up-to date information at: Download a brochure with trail maps and a schedule for the shuttle bus at: . Take the shuttle bus from the Kapalua Adventure Center on Office Road and hike the Arboretum/Honolua Ridge and return by shuttle bus or hike all the way back to Kapalua on the Mahana Ridge.

2.     Waihee Valley: From Lahaina, head back toward the airport and bear left onto Highway 330. Continue east to the junction with Hwy 340. Head north on Hwy 340  (called Kahekili Hwy) 2.2 miles to just before mile marker 5, turn left on Waihee Valley Rd for about a half mile to the entrance gate and continue 0.2 miles to the stand where you pay for entrance ($6 each adult, $3 for each kid aged 5 to 10). Google Maps can help here. Have your bathing suits on for a dip in a great swimming hole. Hike is 4 miles/1.5-2.5 hours.

3.     Waihee Ridge: Same drive except stay on Kahekili Hwy for about 4 miles from the Hwy 330/340 junction, past the Mendes Ranch near the END STATE HWY sign. Turn left onto a paved road signed for Boy Scouts of America Camp Maluhia. Continue up the road for 0.9 miles to the trailhead and park about 0.1 miles further at a dirt parking area. The trail has great views of the Waihee Valley and the West Maui Mountains (5 miles/2.5-3 hours).

4.     Sliding Sands Trail/Haleakala Crater/Silversword loop/Holua Cabin/Halemauu trailhead: This hike (about 12 miles/full day) is a loop trip into some of the most scenic parts of the Haleakala Crater. To complete the loop, you will have to either use a car shuttle or hitch a ride from the road at the Halemauu trailhead– there is a designated hitchhiker’s pullout on the inland side of the road and rides are usually pretty easy to come by.  To get to the start of the Sliding Sands Trail, drive up to Haleakala National Park on Crater Rd (Hwy 378) to the entrance station (pay the fee or show your pass) and continue up the road another 10 miles to the Summit Visitor’s Center, continue straight and park. On the way to Sliding Sands, you will pass the Halemauu trailhead about 4.4 miles from the entrance station.  Take plenty of water; it’s a long hike.  Hike: Descend into the crater on the Sliding Sands trail. In about 2 miles you will reach a side trail leading to Ka Luu O Ka Oo cinder cone; continue straight  (going out to the cone adds over a mile to an already long day).  Continue descending another 2 miles and turn left toward Holua at the sign.  After another mile turn left again at another junction to Holua, continuing clockwise around Ka Moa A Pele cone about a quarter mile to the Halemauu trail. Going left onto that trail, continue northwest toward Holua. In about another mile turn right onto the Silversword Loop. When the loop rejoins the Halemauu trail continue northwest about another mile to  the Holua cabin and campground. When you see the cabin on your left, look for a T trail junction leading to the cabin. Native Nene geese are often around the picnic table there. Return to the main trail and continue about a mile to a wooden gate at the base of the cliffs. Be sure to close the gate to keep the pigs out. The trail switchbacks up the cliffs for about 3 miles to the Halemauu trailhead parking lot. Don’t turn right onto the supply trail about 0.7 miles before you reach the parking lot. Catch you ride here, either a car shuttle or hitch a ride by crossing the main road.


Reference:  Top Trails Maui: Must-Do Hikes for Everyone

      By Sarah Benson, Wilderness Press, 2011

      ISBN 978-0-89997-625-9