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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 cloudy with scattered showers. Lows around 71 at the shore to around 54 at 5000 feet. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Temperature: 76.1° F
Relative Humidity: 83%
Pressure: 30.04"
Dew Point: 70.7° F

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


Sunrise: 6:22 AM
Sunset: 5:55 PM
Weather reported from Kane Street, Kahului, HI (KHIKAHUL6)
Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Scattered showers. Highs around 80 at the shore to around 68 at 5000 feet. East winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Scattered showers. Haze. Lows around 72 at the shore to around 55 at 5000 feet. Light winds. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Partly sunny. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then showers likely and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 64 to 86. Light winds becoming east around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Monday Night
Cloudy. Occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms in the evening, then scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Haze through the night. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 50 to 73. Light winds. Chance of rain 90 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 10/22/2017 10:11 PM
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