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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
Sunny in the morning, then partly sunny with scattered showers in the afternoon. Highs 69 to 83. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Temperature: 70.2° F
Relative Humidity: 82%
Pressure: 30.08"
Dew Point: 64.5° F

Winds from the North at -9999.0 mph gusting to -999.0 mph


Sunrise: 5:58 AM
Sunset: 6:49 PM
Weather reported from Pikai Way, Kihei, HI (KHIKIHEI18)
Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Haze after midnight. Lows 57 to 71. Light winds. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Partly sunny. Scattered showers in the morning, then showers likely in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Locally heavy rainfall possible in the afternoon. Highs 66 to 83. Light winds becoming northeast 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 56 to 70. Light winds. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 63 to 79. North winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 4/27/2017 6:49 AM
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