Maui – Hiking The Lush Green of The Mahana and Honolua Ridges
It was hiking boots on time And a great thing to do whilst staying in the kapalua area of Maui. Rising up inland from the resort you see one of the lushest, greenest, untouched areas of Maui. Perfect for exploring on foot. Starting at the bottom in Kapalua itself you take the Mahana Ridge trail.
This trail takes you up towards the trees via views over the ocean and pineapple plantations. Gorgeous and gives a great variety for the lushness to come. Then suddenly there you are, in the thick tropical treeline, gradually heading upwards. Within the trees the colours get stronger and stronger as you make your way along the path. Every now and then you reach a point that peeks out over the treeline and you can do no more than enjoy and savour the remoteness and paradise around.
Birds of all colours singing around you and butterflies seem to lead the way as in a fairytail. Very surreal I can tell you. Reaching higher the path changes minute by minute. It could be making a way through grass that is twice as tall as you, or taking turns through pine trees. Honestly it would take too long to explain all the variety. Each step is a wonder.
After about 5 miles you start to work around the top of the ridge and get some amazing views down the gorges along the mountainside. Greenery, blue skies and ocean to look out over.
It is then time to enter the Honolua Ridge and the Maunalei Arboretum. This area is pure natural beauty. It features wild and amazing trees and flowers from around the world along with plants, trees and shrubs that are very native to Hawaii.Hidden in the middle for example is the huge and inticate Banyan tree. A sight to behold. Guava hangs down above your head invitingly and bright red tropical birds swoop through the trees. You could spend hours and hours wandering through there and still want to see more. Keep a lookout for the wild boar and great colourful wasps, they add to the adventure
At the end of the trail it opens up before you and there you are, looking out to Molokai across the ocean or Honolua bay even. And to cap it all I had not seen a single person the whole way! Paradise to yourself. Amazing. If you would like to learn more about this hike or others in the area then look here.
What a lovely day and especially being a hiker. One of my favourite 7 – 10 mile walks yet. Itchy to see more!