Honolua Ridgeline Hike – A Conservation Experience
Explore, Enjoy and Learn about Maui’s connection with water on a stunning native Hawaiian nature trail.
Join a local guide on a hike through the West Maui Mountains along a private nature preserve, typically unseen by visitors to the island. Sweeping vistas, Hawaiian cultural knowledge and outdoor adventure await. After “talking story” with your guide, you will walk away with the real information about what a healthy watershed is—and what it takes to protect it.
On this 2 mile round trip hike, you will discover the flora and fauna of a breathtaking native Hawaiian rainforest cherished by our island communities for its natural resources and beauty. This unique experience will highlight the sacred connection to water from the top of the mountain peak to the ocean reefs below.
Much more than an eco tour, join us for a journey into the rich native forests of Hawaii and the ecology of water conservation lands. We are passionate about all things natural and do our best to blow you away with the diversity of the area.
Complete your day with a visit to Honolua Bay to marvel at the ocean and enjoy a fresh Maui Gold pineapple as a snack.
9:00am: Upon Arriving at the PKW base yard, guests will be greeted by our naturalist guide who will take them through an explanation of what Pu’ukukui Watershed Preserve staff do, and
why their work is important to our island. In order to keep the preserve safe from invasive species everyone will then decontaminate their shoes and board the 2013 Ford E-350 Van to be transported to the trail head.
9:30am: After a quick 10-15 minute narrated drive we arrive at the Maunalei Arboretum trailhead.
9:45am: The next hour and fifteen minutes will be spent walking the one mile moderate trail that winds through an Arboretum that was planted by D.T. Flemming nearly 100 years ago. There are multiple stops along the way to point out different plant species and view beautiful scenery. The hike is designed to further immerse guests into the conservation experience and help them better understand the challenges faced while protecting Maui’s most cherished resource. Once at the end of the trail there is a lookout with stunning views of the surrounding valleys and mountain peaks. We will spend about 10-15min at the lookout learning about all of the valleys of Pi’ilani.
11:00am: The walk out is much quicker and will end back at the trailhead, where guests will enjoy a Maui Gold pineapple refresher.
11:30am: On the drive back down to the base yard, we will stop at the Honolua lookout to connect the mountain to the ocean. Guests will now understand why a healthy watershed is not only important for our water resource but also our ocean as well.
12:00pm: Tour will conclude at the base yard, and we wish them A Hui Hou!
*Tour schedule subject to change.
We serve pineapples and a sweet snack at the end of the hike. Bring your own water bottle, we provide water at the start of the tour. We provide walking sticks.
*subject to change.
Comfortable outdoor clothes are recommended. Since the weather is unpredictable in the mountains, bring an extra layer, sun protection and a hat. Long pants are recommended but not mandatory. Sneakers or hiking boots will suffice as it can get muddy and slippery on the trail. Close-toed shoes are a must.
$125.00 + taxes and fees per person
*Price subject to change. Please check booking calendar for latest pricing.
Availability and Schedule:
Available daily except Sundays. Please check booking calendar for operation date.
- start time 9:00 AM
- 3 hour tour
*Schedule subject to change.
Please check in to HeleWai baseyard in Napili. Roundtrip transportation from base to trail will be provided.
Napilihau St, Napili-Honokowai, HI 96761
*Check in detail will be informed by your booking confirmation letter.
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