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Please mark your calendars for our next Monthly Hike on Saturday, June 9th when we take on one of our favorites — The Oluwalu Cultural Reserve !
Length: 2.5+/- miles each way = 5+/- miles
Total Elevation Gain: Minimal
Skill Level: 2 of 5 rating
Meet @: 8:30 at The Parking lot at the end of North Kihei Road and the highway to Lahaina. We will carpool from there. We will leave the parking area by 8:45am. If y ou are running late call 870.2564.
A Nice Enjoyable Hike – Mostly just walking but we will cross the stream so be prepared to possibly get your feet wet.
Bring: Water, bug spray, good sneakers or hiking shoes with good traction for stream crossings
Here are the details of our hike:
We will start our hike near the Oluwalu Fresh Fruit Stand (near Leoda’s Pie Shop) and then walk the road by the Petroglyphs. From there stay to the right and we will walk by community gardens and then continue into Olowalu Valley. We will cross the Oluwalu Stream bridge and stay on the road as it heads for the water tank. From there we continue along the trail as it meanders through the valley and crosses the stream a dozen or so times. About 1/2 of our hike is under canopy.
One of the fascinations with this trail is that it was the escape route in 1790 for Chief Kalanikupule when his troops were slaughtered across the island in the Iao Valley by the forces of Kamehameha the Great. To escape they hiked from Iao Valley and ended up here in Oluwalu.
Olowalu Cultural Reserve (OCR) was founded in 1999 as a community-based, non-profit organization to support and promote the revitalization of traditional Hawaiian culture, restoring native habitat, protecting historic and cultural sites and providing educational experiences to students, residents and visitors. In 2006 OCR began restoring 74 acres from Olowalu Valley to the ocean along Olowalu Stream. OCR is restoring the former irrigation systems and is for cultivating taro and other traditional plants. It is also creating an educational and cultural puʻuhonua or sanctuary.
2018 Hike Plan (This calendar may change as we find new adventures!):
June 19 Oluwalu Cultural Reserve Stream Hike
July 14 Poli Poli Forest Trails
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
Remember: These hikes are unsponsored. Everyone who hikes takes responsibility for their own safety by participating.
We look forward to seeing you hiking!
Join us on June 19th as our Rainbow Dine-Out group will rendezvous at Maui Brewing Co. in Kihei! (google map)
About Maui Brewing Company:
“Experience brewery-to-table dining as it comes to life in the heart of paradise. Our newest restaurant, opening early 2018, features an open-air interior and friendly vibe that celebrates our brewery’s history, passion for the craft beer way of life, and Maui roots. Located in our brewery headquarters, our restaurant continues to build upon our innovative, independent brewer spirit through artisanal, simply prepared, island-inspired cuisine. Our bar features 36 craft and specialty beers on tap, including Maui Brewing year-round and special releases and craft beers from other small breweries.”
Check out their website at http://www.mbcrestaurants.com/kihei/ and their online menu at https://www.mbcrestaurants.com/wp-content/uploads/mbc-kihei_menu_lunch-dinner_18-0202_web.pdf
This Dine Out is limited to 20 people so RSVP today before it fills up!