Sample “Local Kine Grinds”
native and visiting birds. Across the way, you’ll spot Kealia Pond and enjoy views of Haleakala and the West Maui Mountains. The parking lot for the path is located on the south side of North Kihei Road (Route 31) in the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge. Call (808) 8751582 for more information.
Trails vary in difficulty, so make sure you have the most updated information for your hike. Good sources for detailed information on trails are NA ALA HELE, THE STATE OF HAWAI‘I’S TRAIL & ACCESS SYSTEM (hawaiitrails.org), and THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES (54 S. High St. in Wailuku, 808-984-8100). Good tips for novice hikers are found in the “HIKING SAFELY IN HAWAI‘I” brochure. Download it from the Na Ala Hele website. Should you choose not to go with an experienced hike guide, remember: Never hike alone; tell others of your plans, and take a mobile phone with you.
63. EXPLORE WITH A GUIDE
Discovering what Maui is all about often means putting on your hiking boots and getting up close and personal with the island’s birds, plants, mud, rocks, trees, streams and waterfalls. Why not see the best of the island with an educated guide who can enlighten you on the mysteries and magic of the island of Maui?
HIKE MAUI and numerous other Hawai‘i adventure tours have been guiding travelers on wilderness excursions for many years. In fact, Hike Maui, a pioneer ECO-COMPANY, is staffed by a team of trained naturalists, and was founded by a man who lived in Maui’s jungle for a few years, studying the terrain, plants and creatures that inhabited it. Garnering National Geographic-recognized tours, Hike Maui offers a variety of HIKING-AND
ADVENTURE TOURS, including jaunts to hidden waterfalls, secluded rainforests and sites like Haleakala. A full-day trek, for example, could combine kayaking and snorkeling with a waterfall hike. Trained naturalists, each of whom is knowledgeable about Hawai‘i’s ecosystem, orchestrate all hikes. For another provider,
SOUTH PACIFIC KAYAKS offers guided kayak trips and hiking excursions around the island. Destinations include Maui’s remote wilderness, a gushing waterfall, a historic bamboo forest and serene enclaves.