Above Kapalua, towering over the manicured golf courses and vast pineapple
plantation, are the hauntingly beautiful West Maui Mountains, crowned in
rainbows, streaming with waterfalls. Some of the valleys have never been
explored, their waterfalls are unnamed. In protected wilderness areas,
some of the last stands of Hawaii's endemic flora continue to flourish.
Rare birds sing in the trees.
The Kapalua Nature Society offers two exclusive hikes into the majestic West Maui Mountains:
Maunalei Arboretum & Pu’u Ka’eo Nature Walk
Maui Pineapple Company’s field naturalists lead participants on a historical journey through nearly a century of plantation management activities including cattle ranching; coffee production; a 70-year old arboretum established in 1926 by D.T. Fleming, manager of the former Honolua Ranch and Baldwin Packers pineapple plantation; and current native species preservation projects. Mauka and makai views of Honolua Valley offer glimpses of Koa and ‘Ohia lowland mesic forest.
Manienie Ridge Hike
This breathtaking and educational hike along a ridgeline trail combines mauka and makai views of Honokohau Valley, Manienie Gulch and Anakaluahine Gulch. Led by Maui Pineapple Company’s field naturalists, an interpretive walk through lowland shrubland.
On both Kapalua Nature Society hikes, birdwatchers may spot the four remaining native bird species of West Maui: the Hawaiian Owl (Pueo), and three Hawaiian Honeycreepers ('Amakihi, 'Apapane and ‘I'iwi).
$59/person Kapalua Nature Society member
Price includes tax; lunch and beverage also included
Minimum age is 12 to participate