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Maui's Haleakala National Park @ Kipahulu

Updated on June 3, 2012
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From the top start areaBamboo forest at lower start pointTake 378 to high start or Hana Hwy to lower start point.One of 24 pools to cool off in along lower end.What planet is this?Maui from the airThe giant Banyan treeStart hiking from the topWaterfalls galore!
From the top start area
From the top start area
Bamboo forest at lower start point
Bamboo forest at lower start point
Take 378 to high start or Hana Hwy to lower start point.
Take 378 to high start or Hana Hwy to lower start point.
One of 24 pools to cool off in along lower end.
One of 24 pools to cool off in along lower end.
What planet is this?
What planet is this?
Maui from the air
Maui from the air
The giant Banyan tree
The giant Banyan tree
Start hiking from the top
Start hiking from the top
Waterfalls galore!
Waterfalls galore!

In a word, wow! Okay, so you have kicked back for a few days on the island of Maui. been to the beach, swam, drank yourself silly , did some snorkeling and, of course, shopping. You have by this time spent thousands and yet you still have another week or few days before you trek back into the grind, wherever that is. Hmmm, now what?

How about renting a car and going to Haleakala National Park at Kipahulu? Maui is relatively small and one can see it from the road in a few hours. But, don't miss this most fantastico park! First, decide whether you want to start at the low end at Kipahulu or from the high end (around 9700 ft.) at an extinct volcano. Access to both by road is possible but different roads are taken.

Haleakala National Park is more than 8000 acres that stretches from the coastline up to 9700 ft of an extinct volcano that last erupted in 1600. Your Pipiwai Trail hike is two miles up into the rainforest and two miles back down. It takes about two-and-a-half to five hours to hike. During this time, you will encounter a vast amount of different vistas, flora, and beauty. At one time, you feel like you are on Mars, later, in a lush garden with swimming pools flushed with waterfalls. The rain forest is around the 2000 ft. level and as you climb up or down (depending on where you start) the vegetation thins and thins until you notice lava, some black, some red. Once at the top, you are in for an out of this world vista, alien in some respects. I prefer starting at the top and hiking along the path for a few miles

This IS the best hikes on Maui. The Pipiwai Trail is located at Oheo Gulch in Kipahulu, about ten miles south of Hana on the Hana Highway. The trail takes you along the lower mile of Palikea Stream past unnamed waterfalls, ruins of the 1800's Sugar Hill dam, irrigation system and cane flumes. In another mile the trail crosses Palikea and follows Pipiwai Stream to Waimoku Falls, a 400 ft. fall! You will pass large bamboo forests and a giant Banyan tree planted hundreds of years ago. As you hike, you will have at least 24 pools to swim and cool off in. Some of the rainforests you will walk through will get 250 inches of rain a year. There are also 200 species of plants and rare birds thought to be extinct.

If you leave Maui without doing this fairly easy hike, you are missing Maui's best attraction!


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      6 years ago

      I guess it depends what bar you are in

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      6 years ago

      Hawaii is nice, but you really have to watch out for the homosexuals.


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