Out­door Ac­tiv­i­ties

Where Maui - - The Guide -

HIKE MAUI From 10-foot can­non­ball jumps into sa­cred pools to hik­ing along the rush­ing wa­ter­falls of Hana to the desert-like ter­rain of Mt. Haleakala, Hike Maui has the key to the is­land’s most ex­hil­a­rat­ing trail ad­ven­tures. Var­i­ous tours and pack­ages cater to dif­fer­ent ages and fit­ness lev­els. hike­maui.com. 808.879.5270. HOOKIPA BEACH Dur­ing win­ter months, pow­er­ful surges of surf roll in, earn­ing Hookipa its sta­tus as the wind­surf­ing mecca of the world. The pow­dery sand beach is long and nar­row, and an ex­posed reef runs along the length of the shore­break where green sea tur­tles are of­ten spot­ted. Even on av­er­age surf days, strong winds, cur­rents and shal­low reef make swim­ming here a chal­lenge, but not im­pos­si­ble, given the tide­pools and pro­tected wad­ing ar­eas. On the Pavil­ions side, small ar­eas of sandy-bot­tom ocean also of­fer shel­tered swim­ming. For watch­ing surfers and the surf, Hookipa Look­out pro­vides op­ti­mum view­ing. Mile Marker #9 Hana Hwy., Paia. 808.572.8122. KAHOMA RANCH What better way to end your vroom-vroom roar­ing dune buggy rides, while tak­ing in spec­tac­u­lar scenic views of West Maui moun­tains and land­scape, than with a swoosh and ker­plunk dunk into the val­ley’s fresh­wa­ter reser­voir. From chil­dren to adults (pre­tend­ing to be chil­dren), vis­i­tors of all ages agree that the cul­mi­na­tion on the Kahoma Ranch’s wa­ter slides makes for an ex­pe­ri­ence like no other. ka­homaranch.com. 808.667.1978. KULA COUN­TRY FARMS MAUI Lo­cals flow to Kula Coun­try Farms to comb through rows and rows of the ripened red berries (dur­ing the spring/sum­mer) and pump­kin patch (dur­ing the win­ter months). Keiki can par­take in fun ac­tiv­i­ties in the gar­den, such as minigolf and bocce ball. The farm stand also of­fers fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles through­out the sea­son for ev­ery­one to en­joy. ku­la­coun­try­farms­maui.com 808.878.8381. RAP­PEL MAUI With no pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence nec­es­sary, rap­pel through 30-foot wa­ter­falls and trop­i­cal cliffs where Steven Spiel­berg’s block­buster “Juras­sic Park” was filmed. rap­pel­maui.com. 808.445.6407. SEVEN SA­CRED POOLS A se­ries of cas­cad­ing wa­ter­falls and tran­quil pools flow through the O’heo Gulch. Above the Seven Sa­cred Pools and sur­rounded by ver­dant veg­e­ta­tion, the Pipi­wai Trail is a 4-mile roundtrip hike that as­cends 650 feet. The trail can be chal­leng­ing at times, due to its some­times-steep ter­rain. It’s well worth the trip as many peo­ple con­sider it the best hike on the is­land. nps.gov/hale/ plany­ourvisit/kipahulu.htm.

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