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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
Mostly clear. Haze. Lows 57 to 68. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
Temperature: 66.6° F
Relative Humidity: 52%
Pressure: 29.98"
Dew Point: 48.4° F

Winds from the SE at 3.6 mph gusting to 4.9 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:54 AM
Sunset: 5:46 PM
Weather reported from Pukalani, Makawao, HI (KHIMAKAW3)
Haze in the morning. Mostly sunny in the morning, then partly sunny with a 50 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs 64 to 83. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph decreasing to up to 10 mph late in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Lows 57 to 68. Light winds becoming north 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Breezy. Mostly sunny with isolated showers. Highs 59 to 78. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Wednesday Night
Breezy. Partly cloudy with isolated showers in the evening, then mostly cloudy with scattered showers after midnight. Lows 55 to 66. Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:15 AM
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