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Lahaina Pali Trail

Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Length5 mi
Elev. Gain1600 ft
Difficulty4 / 5
Rating7 / 10
The trail is on an ancient highway which was built some 200 years ago for horses and travelers. It goes up in a zigzag fashion over the Kealaloloa Ridge in the West Maui Mountains. You could see the Kahoolawe and the Lanai islands as well as the Pacific Ocean from here.

Start the trail from the trail head parking lot at the Manawaipueo Gulch and instantly start ascending through loose stones. Don't forget to turn around and get a wonderful view of the ocean and some whales blowing water. Keep on climbing through the rough path along the edge of the Kamaohi Gulch and reach the vertical cliffs of Opunaha Gulch at about one mile.

You would come across the remains of ancient walls as you go up the cliffs till you reach the concrete water tanks. Look for the Kealaloloa Ridge and the beautiful Manawainui Gulch ahead. You will reach a grassy edge when you go up the 1600 foot summit. See the Haleakala, Maui's dormant volcano, the Kealia Pond, the Molokini and the Kahoolawe islands from here. Retrace your steps and reach the Papalua Beach Park.

Best time to go
December to March


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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
20° 47.507' N
156° 33.82' W

Driving Directions:
Take Hwy.30 from Lahaina and trek for 10 miles. You will reach the trail head parking at about 0.25 mile north of the Pali tunnel on the right of Manawaipueo Gulch.
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Weather Report for Wailuku, 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 South at 4.0 mph gusting to 4.9 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:53 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 0:13 AM
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