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Trip Date:  06/09/2012

: 6.0 Miles

Vertical Gain: 1600'

Group Size: 3
Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate  Hard   Strenuous
Lahaina Pali Hike
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Lahaina Pali Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 20 48.475  W 156 30.496     End Coordinates:   N 20 47.492  W 156 33.828
Car Shuttle Req'd:   Yes Parking Directions:   Travelling from Kahului take the Honoapiilani Highway (30) south toward Ma'alaea.  Just past the turn to the left for N Kihei Road (310,) look for small sign on the right indicating the Lahaina Pali (east) trailhead.  There is a parking area right along the road, or to the right is a gate which you can open and drive through, closing it behind you as you go to park in another area about 1/2 further up.
If starting this trail from the other (west) end, as you are driving toward Lahaina from Ma'alaea you will pass through a tunnel along the road.  Immediately after this tunnel is a shaded parking area on your right, that you can easily miss if not looking out carefully for it.  This is the west end of the hike.
Hazards of Note:   Very steep and very hot.  Bring significant amounts of water on this trail. Crowd Factor:   Negligible.  In three trips on this trail we have only encountered a total of 6-7 other hikers.
General Notes:
This trail was used by the school children from Kahului and Wailuku who would travel it twice a week to get to Lahaina for schooling during the colony years on Maui.  This is a tough trail, and is a testament to the conditions that the early settlers/colonists faced getting from place to place on the island.  There is much to see from this trail, which offers great views of Mt. Haleakala to the south, and the islands off the west coast of Maui including Molokini, Kahoolawe and Lanai the further along you get.
You will also pass by a number of the tall windmill power generators which have been placed on this slope over the past ten years, and they are impressive in size when you get close to them.

The boys near the start of the hike. Boys at the start
Trail marker near the east end of the hike.
Trail marker
Stopped for limited shade under a Keawe tree. Keawe Tree
Looking west down Manawainui Gulch along the trail. Manawainui Gulch
A look back down the way we started up the hill.
Great views of the island of Lanai from the trail.
Lanai Island
Keeping the sunscreen on during the exposed section of the trail.
Boys on the trail
Getting close to the west end of the trail.
Near the west end
The boys at a rest stop near the fans at the top.
Boys resting
GPS Track of the full hike. GPS Track of Hike