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Reviewed June 1, 2019

This was a great hike although slightly more difficult than was anticipated at the outset. Most peoople that we saw(which was few and far between) were very friendly, but mostly it was us hiking up and down a 6 mile trail on the side of...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed February 14, 2019

My partner and I hiked the Kahakapao Trail yesterday, February 13, 2019. There are trees and foliage down all along the trail as a result of a major wind storm last Sunday. Trail conditions gets worse the further you are from the parking lot with...More

Date of experience: February 2019
3  Thank karenm20183
Reviewed January 27, 2019 via mobile

On a very windy day, we decided to skip the beach and try this hike. The directions to the trail outlined in the prior post from Bob S, are very good. The trail is about .5 miles from parking lot. The sign says 6.2 miles...More

Date of experience: January 2019
3  Thank travlinmom1429
Reviewed January 16, 2019

Makawao Forest Reserve reminds me of Oregon-woodsy, cooler temperatures and not lots of people on the trail. It's just a few miles and not very challenging. If you're exploring upcountry it's worth a visit.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Steve P
Reviewed January 15, 2019

We spent the whole day walking and hiking through all of the trails and micro-climates. We had a great time taking our time and enjoying the scenery. There is something new to look at every step of the way.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Taryn R
Reviewed December 28, 2018

It's magical. There are so many images of this hike. Forest, tropical plants, incredible light, walking sticks you can find on the way, water, the sounds and the smells... it's pretty cool place. We chose to do the entire loop and it was well worth...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank FreshTomatoes
Reviewed December 7, 2018 via mobile

Our group of 6 came here for a morning hike. The drive from Kihei was about 45 minutes with lots of elevation change and twisty turns along the way. The hike was easy to moderate and the hike down to the springs had switchbacks and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

Since I’m not good with directions I used “all trails” app to find the trail head. It was not an easy find. This is a beautiful rainforest trek. Almost exactly 6 miles. Very cool temperatures. Nice breeze. Totally comfortable. The trail tends to be slippery...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Q3849QUjeremyl
Reviewed April 29, 2018

WOW!!!!!!!! What a beautiful Forest. We went for the 6 mile hike in the morning and it was simply breath taking. It amazes me to be on a tropical island in the middle of the pacific and hike in the pine trees. I recommend everyone...More

Date of experience: April 2018
3  Thank SteveFawley
Reviewed April 28, 2018

I took this hike after it had been raining, and it did rain on me during as well. The path is soft underfoot, and fairly flat, but be aware of the roots jutting out. Otherwise this is actually a fairly easy hike for the average...More

Date of experience: April 2018
3  Thank 917elizabethj
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The Olinda forest is a shorter hike and great for dogs as well.
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