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Waikamoi Forest Ridge Trail

Hawaii > Maui > Hana
Length0.8 mi
Elev. Gain200 ft
Difficulty1 / 5
Rating7 / 10
Trek this short nature walk along the Hana Highway and pass through bamboo and fern forest to enjoy a view of the Keanae Peninsula.

Start the trail from the parking lot and enter a forest of Paperbark trees, towering Mahogany trees, Taro vines and the beautiful Bird-of-Paradise plants and gently descend into a forest of Kukui trees. The trail then makes you ascend on artificial steps till you reach the first lookout with a stone bench. You could see the mountain range of the Keanae Peninsula from here.

Turn right and follow the trail as it climbs into the wood with Pala'a ferns at the side of the trail. Continue walking into the dense forest of bamboo trees and Awapuhi ginger plants. Again, turn right and walk along the way till you find prompt paths to the right leading to the ocean and valley.

The trail ends at an open picnic area that sits at a height of 875 feet. Now retrace your steps back to the first lookout. The trail loops left to an unnamed junction but you need to stay to the right where the trail descends to two small exists with benches to sit. Head down through the bamboo forest and within few steps you are back at where you have started.
Hikers, Dogs

Best time to go
September to early December


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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
20° 52.521' N
156° 11.19' W

Driving Directions:
You need to take the Hana Highway South and after passing the mile marker 9 which is a few hundred yards, you will reach the trail head. The parking lot is on the right of the trail head.
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Weather Report for Makawao, HI
Mostly clear. Haze. Lows around 68 at the shore to around 55 at 5000 feet. Southwest winds up to 10 mph.
Temperature: 69.8° F
Relative Humidity: 86%
Pressure: 29.96"
Dew Point: 65.5° F

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


Sunrise: 6:52 AM
Sunset: 5:45 PM
Weather reported from Kane Street, Kahului, HI (KHIKAHUL6)
Mostly sunny. Haze in the morning. A 20 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs around 81 at the shore to around 67 at 5000 feet. Southwest winds up to 10 mph until late afternoon becoming light.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers in the evening, then showers likely after midnight. Lows 65 to 70 at the shore to around 51 at 5000 feet. Light winds becoming north up to 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Partly sunny. Scattered showers in the morning, then isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs 54 to 79. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy with isolated showers in the evening, then mostly cloudy with scattered showers after midnight. Lows 44 to 68. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:11 AM
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