Saturday, September 5, 2015

Hiking on the Hana Highway

A conga line of rental cars forms at midday on Maui, as tourists line up to twist and turn for 40 miles of one-lane bridges and waterfalls along the way to the quiet town of Hana. Driving isn't the only attraction. The Hana Highway presents many opportunites to wander into the rainforest, but you have to know where to look. Wahinepe'e Falls, for instance, is hiding in plain site up and behind a  well-signed botanical garden.

The Waikamoi Nature Trail is also easy to find (though parking can be a pinch) but not many visitors know about Kolea Road, which branches off the main trail to make a loop through a bamboo forest.

Many of the trails in the Ko'olau Forest Reserve, which borders the highway for about 10 miles, have limited access, but there are enough options to satisfy the advenurous visitor. Maui Trailblazer has all the details to find the hidden spots—and not just the 'hidden spots' that everyone knows about.