LGBT & Friends Hiking Group – June 2019
Please mark your calendars for our next Monthly Hike on Saturday, June 8th 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.
Your feet will get wet as we cross the stream 7 times – so come prepared.
This is a Nice Enjoyable Hike – Mostly just walking but we will cross the stream so be prepared to possible get your feet wet. And, about 1/2 of the hike is under cover.
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.
2019 Hike Plan (This calendar may change as we find new adventures!):
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
Remember: These hikes are unsponsored. Everyone who hikes takes responsibility for their own safety by participating.
We look forward to seeing you hiking!
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