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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.

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