LGBT & Friends Hiking Group – August 2018

Posted by on Jul 29, 2018

Saturday August 11, 2018 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM


The rain this week has left Iao Valley much too muddy to hike tomorrow.

We believe this is likely the same for other hikes so rather than change locations we will postpone this Iao Valley Tablelands Hike for a week or two and see if we can still make it happen.

We will do a site visit next week and see how it looks and let you know by email if you are on the hiking list or check back here for an update as soon as one is available.

Aloha Maui Hikers-

We hope you will be able to join us on August 11th as we hike:

Iao Valley Table Lands Trail Hike

DATE:       August 11, 2018

TIME:       8:30am. Meet at the Queen Kaahumanu Mall Starbucks in Kahului. We will leave the parking lot  by 8:45 am

Trail Length:          3.5-4 +/- miles.
Difficulty:                Moderate+ (3.5 of 5)
Time:                         We should complete the Hike by 12:30pm
Terrain:                    Mountain forest
Parking:                   $5 w/o HI State ID
Elevation Gain:     971 ft
Park Name:            Iao Valley

About Iao Valley: 
Entering Iao (ee-ow) Valley, is nothing less than mystical. The lush green covered peaks often surrounded by clouds and mist offer a surreal backdrop to the giant leaves of the tropical flora.

Beginning as a violent eruption of molten rock and burning gasses spewing from the Pacific Ocean to sculpt a mountain where none had been. Only to have the quick cooling layers eroded back to the sea, leaving behind the dikes we now see cloaked in vegetation.  Aside from its natural tropical beautiful, sacred Iao Valley has great historical significance. It was here in 1790 at the Battle of Kepaniwai that King Kamehameha I clashed with Maui’s army in his quest to unite the islands. Even with Iao Needle serving as a lookout point, Kamehameha defeated Maui’s forces in a ferocious battle that ultimately changed the course of Hawaiian history.

The Tableland Trail is steep and, at times, muddy . The journey consists of one spectacular view after another and the 360 degree view from the end of the trail is the most spectacular of all.

2018 Hiking Schedule:
(This calendar may change as we find new adventures!)
August 11    Iao Table Lands Trail
September 8    Kapalua Coastal Trail
October 6    Special Pride Hike: The Pali Hike (The Wind Turbines Hike)
October 13    Waihou Springs
November 11    Kahakuloa Ridge Hike or Halemau’u (The Switch backs)
December 8    Waihe’e Coastal Land Trust Hike & Holiday Lunch

We hope to see you Hiking!

This is an unsponsored hike. Each hiker accepts responsibility for their own safety by participating in the hike.

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