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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
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: 69.8° F
Relative Humidity: 99%
Pressure: 30.04"
Dew Point: 69.5° F

Winds from the NE at 0.0 mph gusting to -999.0 mph

Today: 0.14"

Sunrise: 6:23 AM
Sunset: 5:57 PM
Weather reported from Haliimaile, Makawao, HI (KHIMAKAW4)
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 10:08 PM
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