|Nearing the top of the Lahaina Pali Trail|
|Hiking up from Ukemehame|
This was my third time up the Lahaina Pali trail and every time I have done it differently. I had hiked up and down from Maalaea, all the way from Ukumehame, and this time up and down from Ukumehame. My friends Ben and Kim and I decided to tackle this hike midday only because there was a gale blowing in from the northeast. While this made balancing on various rocks a bit difficult it did keep the temperature bearable. It was a 'hold on to your hat' kinda hike.
|Looking like Fiji after a wet December|
|Waia Lailai in Fiji|
|Kaheawa Wind Farm and Haleakala|
|Pumped to be at the top, in my slippaz|
From 1,600ft up the view of the central valley and the massive Haleakala volcano open up into beautiful panorama vistas. Catching this hike in the late afternoon setting sun is your best bet for dramatic photos.
While the Lahaina Pali Trail is about your only hiking option on this side of the island, Maui has an immense amount of hikes in just about every environment you can think of. For the very adventurous there are the 'Big Three' hikes on the island...read about those here. If you are looking for some back country hiking on the wet, rainforesty side of Maui check out the private hiking options here.
|14% of the island's energy needs met|
|One of many stunning panoramas on the Lahaina Pali Trail|