Makawao Forest Reserve
Embrace the magic and peaceful beauty of Maui's upcountry with a visit to the Makawao Forest Reserve. Located just a few miles above the historic "cowboy" town of Makawao, the forest features scenic trails with a wide assortment of unique trees and plants, and is very popular with both hikers and mountain bikers.
AT A GLANCE:
The Makawao Forest Reserve is a nature lover's paradise, with heavily forested areas, scenic clearings, colorful eucalyptus trees, a fern forest, panoramic views, and a broad collection of trees and plants, some of which are native to Hawaii and others that have been brought in from other places (such as Mexico and New Caledonia) for the reforestation project.
The main hiking path (Waihou Springs Trail) is fairly short and non-challenging, however hikers and bikers can veer off of it for more adventurous explorations if desired. Lava tubes and an old stream bed are must-sees, particularly if you are on a bike.
For visitors wishing to explore the forest by bike, the Haleakala Bike Company is located just on the way to Makawao in the Haiku Marketplace. They offer high-quality and well-maintained bikes, both full suspension and hard tail models.
A wide parking area is available along the side of the road near the entrance to the Waihou Springs Trail.
Olinda Road, Makawao, Maui, HI
From Lahaina/Kaanapali, take Honoapiilani Hwy/HI-30 toward Kahului. Turn right onto HI-380/Kuihelani Hwy, and follow it for six miles. Turn right onto Hana Hwy/HI-36. Follow it for two miles, and then turn right onto Haleakala Hwy/HI-37. Follow Haleakala Hwy for seven miles, and then turn right onto Makawao Ave (State Highway 400). This will take you directly into Makawao. At the main town intersection, turn right onto Olinda Road. Follow Olinda Road around until you come to the dirt parking area on the right (just after the bird sanctuary). Use caution while driving on Olinda Road, as it is narrow and curvy and the beautiful views can be distracting.