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Aloha Maui Hikers-
We hope you will be able to join us as we hike Makawao Forest Preserve, Kahakapao Loop Trail on Saturday, February 9th
Quick Forest Reserve History:
The Forest Reserve was once the subject of a timber experiment in which many different kinds of trees from the US and various other countries were planted there. The objective was to find out if any of these species would thrive enough to be consistently harvested in this moist, high elevation environment. Although many non-native trees were introduced to the island for the sake of this experiment, some native species can still be found there, including the well-known ohia lehua tree that provides nectar for native honeycreepers.
- Trails are marked every mile clockwise (East to West Loop)
- You can take on multiple trails in the area, but the main one is marked with aluminum arrows stamped to the trees for the East/West Loop.
- Signs are marked at forks to delineate.
- Picnic tables are on the West Loop Side
- Mountain Biking and Running happen on this route, so when it rains the path can get slick.
Where: Makawao/Piiholo/Olinda Area, Maui
Length: 5.5+/- Miles
Hiking Time: 3 hours
Difficulty Level: 3.75 of 5 (5 being most difficult)
Elevation Gain: 800+/- ft
We will meet at 8:30 at the Starbucks Parking Lot (near the OLD Lowe’s) on Dairy Road to carpool.
We will leave the parking area by 8:45 – please text or call if you are running late (808.870.2564).
If you want to meet at the Trailhead, the directions are below:
From Airport in Kahului, turn right on Hana Highway (Hwy. 36) and continue driving north until the next intersection, where you will turn right onto Haleakala Highway (Hwy. 37) up toward Haleakala. Turn left on Makawao Avenue (Hwy. 365). Once in Makawao, continue east through main intersection (4-way stop signs) on Makawao Ave. for .02 miles. Turn right on Piiholo Road immediately past St. Joseph’s Church and Cemetery. Continue on Piiholo Road for 1.5 miles then turn left on Waiahiwi Road, which is the first paved left. Follow Waiahiwi Road till you see Kahakapao Road on right side going mauka (mountain). Follow the road to a gate indicating the hours it will be open (7-7). Proceed inside, there will be “inverted” speed bumps, TAKE NOTE: It may not look like cars can make it, but they can, just take it slow. Follow road and keep going up till you see a huge gravel parking lot on right, turn in and park. Cross through the Yellow gate at the end of the Lot and follow the warmup trail to the “East/West Loop” Sign.
2019 Hike Plan (this calendar may change as we find new adventures!)
February 9 Makawao Forest Reserve Hike
March 9 13 Crossings Hike
April 13 Halemau’u – The Switchbacks!
May 11 Waihe’e Ridge Trail
June 8 Oluwalu Cultural Reserve Stream Hike
July 13 Poli Poli Forest Trails
August 10 Iao Table Lands Trail
September 14 Kapalua Coastal Trail
October 12 Special Pride Hike: LA PEROUSE!
November 9 Kahakuloa Ridge Hike
December 14 Waihe’e Coastal Land Trust Hike + Holiday Lunch
This is an unsponsored hike. Each hiker accepts responsibility for their own safety by participating in the hike.
We hope to see you Hiking!