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This is a great place to bring the kids, especially now with the recent addition of the bike park area. The forest feels great, smells awesome and is fun to play hide and seek and get your exercise on.
To reach the trailhead from Makawao, follow Makawao Avenue toward Ha‘iku for 0.3 mile before making a right on Pi‘iholo Road (just after St. Joseph’s church). After 1.5 miles (just past the Pi‘iholo zipline tours) take a left where the road forks and follow it for 0.5 mile. Here you’ll make a right onto Kahakapao Road and drive 1.5 miles uphill until you reach a metal gate, open 7am-7pm. From the gate, a steep asphalt road continues for another 0.5 mile until it reaches a gravel parking lot (after 4 dips) in front of the trailhead.
This trail is getting more and more popular, especially with bikers, so you do need to warn the kids and keep your eyes peeled for bikers.
The Kahakapao Loop Trail is popular with hikers, bikers, and families taking their dogs for a walk. It is well maintained with a porta-potty in the parking lot. This 5.7-mile loop trail (You can go as far or as little as your legs can take you) climbs its way through the sweet smell of eucalyptus, cook pines, tropical ash, and a handful of other native plant species in the cool air at 3,000 feet.
It’s a fun escape from the tropics as it is a hike you would expect to find in New England or Oregon, but is a surprise to find on Maui. You can read more about the trail here.