Lahaina Pali Hike

The Lahaina Pali is one of my favorite Maui hikes. If you’ve never been, it’s time to check this gem out! The beauty of this hike is, well, the epitomy of Maui beauty. On top of that, you can choose where you want to start and how far you want to go. What a luxury for mamas who have limited time on their hands. You can choose to start on the Ma’alaea side and work your way over to Olowalu or, vice versa. You can choose to go half way, or all the way to the other side. It’s all your choice. However, the one thing to keep in mind is, if you are going to complete the whole hike, side A to side B, you will need to have your transportation coordinated, unless you are one of those serious hikers who enjoys pounding out a 10 mile hike. I know some of you are out there, and I commend you. For the rest of us, the 5 mile version should be sufficient.

If you’re starting on the Olowalu side, the trailhead is on the right, just past the tunnel when heading south toward Lahaina on the Honapiilani Hwy. There is lots of parking available. If you’re starting on the Ma’alaea side, the trailhead is on the right just off the Honapiilani Hwy, about a 1/2 mile past North Kihei Road. There will be a brown sign that says “Lahaina Pali” right before the small dirt parking lot.

Some things to consider before this hike:

Weather: The lack of trees along the upward climbing activity makes this hike a hot one. If you are blessed by some partly cloudy action on your hike, make sure to thank Mother Nature. Also, I imagine that if someone was hiking up top and rain came through, it could be a really slippery slope on the way down.

Gear: Layers are good as it’s best to start early in the morning (when it’s cool) and work your way up. Long sleeves to start and tank top to end. It’s really rocky and it can be dusty on the Ma’alaea side. I’ve even seen a centipede up there, so just go with closed toe shoes and bring a few band-aids in case of blisters. The sun is screaming bright on this hike, so remember sunscreen, protective clothing, and hat. 

Fuel: A backpack with a few bottles of water will be your saving grace, I promise you that. This is one of those hikes where people seem to run out of water faster than they expected.

If you are planning to bring along the keiki, just know their levels of endurance. It can get hot fast, and you may end up carrying them down — bonus calorie burning action for you! If you want to learn more about my hiking adventures go to my blog at

Image Credit: Heather Ganis

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