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Honolua Ridge and Maunalei Arboretum Trails

Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Length6 mi
Elev. Gain1682 ft
Difficulty3 / 5
Rating7 / 10
You will cover the hike by passing through an 80-year old arboretum of trees and plants collected from around the world. You can see the Puu Kukui Watershed Preserve, the largest private preserve in Hawaii from the Honolua Ridge.

Start the trail on a crushed gravel path bordered with guava trees and the 100-year old Cook pines. Walk for 0.3 miles through a forest of non-native Surinam trees till you come to the first junction. Then turn right to the Mokupea Lookout to look for the dense forest reserve and the ocean at the distance. Continue your journey on the Arboretum Trail and turn right at the next junction to take the Banyan Loop Trail. Soon you will pass a gate and enter into the Puu Kukui Watershed Preserve.

Walk under the New Zealand Kauri trees and giant Traveler's palms till you enter into a cool forest of Banyan trees. Turn right at the next junction and take up the Honolua Ridge trail. The trail next ascends on switchbacks and after a final rush up you will reach the Pu'u Kukui Lookout. From here, look out for the high mountain peaks of Maui. Then retrace your steps back to the starting point.

Best time to go
February to catch the annual Kapalua Community Whale-Watching Festival.

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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
20° 58.775' N
156° 37.225' W

Driving Directions:
You have to travel north on the Honoapiilani Highway from Lahaina and turn left towards the Office Road. Again turn right to the Village Road and you will find the Kapalua Adventure Center on the right after the first building.
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Weather Report for Lahaina, HI
Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Scattered showers. Lows 61 to 74. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Temperature: 70.3° F
Relative Humidity: 52%
Pressure: 30.05"
Dew Point: 52.0° F

Winds from the SSE at 0.2 mph gusting to 2.5 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:24 AM
Sunset: 5:57 PM
Weather reported from Pukalani, Makawao, HI (KHIMAKAW3)
Partly sunny with scattered showers. Highs 70 to 84. Light winds. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Haze. Lows 62 to 75. Light winds. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 71 to 85. Light winds. Chance of rain 80 percent.
Monday Night
Cloudy. Occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms in the evening, then showers likely and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Haze through the night. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 61 to 74. Light winds becoming southwest around 10 mph with gusts to 60 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 90 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 10/22/2017 10:09 PM
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