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Hiking

Was there in February, high waves, gorgeous views and black sand beach is incredible, highly recommend

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HikingNo shade

I have hiked this trail several times. In spring, it is lovely, with wildflowers growing all over. In summer, it is hot, dry, and exposed. Can be dangerous in some places because of the sliding, gravelly dirt. Erosion too is impacting the cliff areas along the ocean. Be careful. If you are accessing the cone from the Big Beach side, you aren’t doing it correctly. Go to Oneuli Beach (black sand on north side of the cone) and park there. Walk back along the dirt drive about a tenth of a mile, and look for a tall spike. The trail starts there. Follow it up to the top for a great view. You should see Big Beach from there, plus the south side of Haleakala. Turn, and there’s Kihei and the West Maui Mountains way in the distance. If you want, you can follow a couple different trails that lead around and dip down along the perimeter of the cone. Some minor trails are really just pig paths, and they tend to just dead-end. If you go to the north side of the cone, you might be able to spot your car in the parking lot. The wetland area is now crassly developed mansion homes. Not as peaceful as it used to be. A set of trails leads along the cliff overlooking Black Sand. It can be a little hairy, but there is another trail leading down further into the interior. They both lead approximately to the same area by Little Beach. Be prepared to encounter a few nature boys in the woods there, and yes, quite a bit of toilet paper and wipes because people don’t know how to bury their waste and are really quite ignorant and disrespectful. Little Beach is nice if you don’t mind nudity (I don’t - it’s no big deal and most people I’ve met are really just there to enjoy the beach). Follow the trail back up to the north side of the perimeter, walk around to the mauka side, and descend back down to where you started. I didn’t use AllTrails because it really isn’t complicated, but I thought I’d try and help clear things up. There are keawe thorns everywhere.

Rowena Pegg reviewed Puu Olai Cinder Cone Trail
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HikingOff trail
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Hiking

Oh so nice with no tourists! unfortunate that Covid 19 has knocked out visitor economy, but admitted ly lovely to see the island without fat pink and white bloated bellies all over the beach

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Jacquelyn Long reviewed Sea Caves and Black Sand Beach Trail
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Hiking

one of my favorite spots on road to hana!

Jeff Larson reviewed Wai`anapanapa Coast Trail North
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HikingNo shadeRocky

This is a dramatic walk across lava rocks with one amazing view after another. A Monk Seal was basking on the beach adjacent to the black sand beach. Birds included Warbling White Eye, Chestnut Munia, and Black Noddy (close to the campground). The rock formations and crashing waves are the stars of the show. We stopped often to take in the view and examine things up close (that is, very slow) and it took us about 2 hours.

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HikingRocky

One of the best trails in Maui. Rocky majority of the way, but an easy hike. The blow hole near the black sand beach has nothing on this trail. We were the only ones on it the entire route and it was phenomenal. Constant waves crashing into the volcanic rocks. Beautiful!

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Nick Norvilas reviewed Wailea Oceanfront Boardwalk Trail
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Hiking

Beachfront walkway that runs the length of all of the resorts. The walkway is tight in some areas but the ocean views are nice.

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Toni Alberto reviewed Wailea Oceanfront Boardwalk Trail
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Hiking

This is my favorite trail so far in Maui Wailea area. It’s very accessible from the hotel with lots of friendly people along the path, and beautiful views!

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Nick Norvilas reviewed Black Sand Beach and Blowhole
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HikingRocky

Ran into some crazy down pours but this was still pretty fun with a blowhole and cool cave not to mention the black sand beach. Thank you to the young group who let us huddle under their massive umbrella with them.

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Hiking

Easy walk with a lot of whales.

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Anna Lindgren reviewed Wailea Oceanfront Boardwalk Trail
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Hiking

The most beautiful beach path Love it

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Hiking

The blow hole is amazing. Not only is the blow high and big, you can also spot the rainbow in the afternoon everyone it blows. The best one I’ve ever seen.

Susanna Mitterer reviewed Wai'anapanapa Coast Trail South
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Hiking

We did both the North and South trail on the same day and if you only have time for one, this is the one to do! Dramatic and exhilarating cliff walking with great views and thundering waves showering you Constantin a fine sea spray :)) well maintained and easy to follow path which only had a couple of sections were trees are invading or the cliff has dropped of - but easy enough to navigate. And the best of it all - after 200 yards from the car park - we met nobody! 2 hours of solitude! Bliss! Maui’s best kept secret path!

Susanna Mitterer reviewed Wai`anapanapa Coast Trail North
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Hiking

We did the South and North trail on the same day - and having done the South trail to Hana beach first this is second best. If you can only do one then head south for more dramatic scenery and great cliff walking and views. The first mile of the northern half is the most interesting with lots of blowholes and coves and old burial sites.

Molly Germanese reviewed Wai'anapanapa Coast Trail South
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HikingOff trailRocky

Beautiful cliff walk along a very rocky trail. Trailhead begins at the black sand beach but is otherwise fairly easy to follow. A few sections were a bit treacherous due to slippery loose rocks but with proper footwear, it was easily passable. The out and back took us about an hour and half including lots of photo breaks.

Ljp Kauwai reviewed Puu Olai Cinder Cone Trail
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HikingOver grown

This trail has no trailhead marking and no blazes. Easy to follow using map on the beach and cliff boarders. My issue is that as we reached the up-ridge portion the whole area smelled like old urine and we noticed a 30ft section that was dotted with at least 10 instances of dried up old wet wipes. This is clearly an outdoor toilet area likely used by nearby Little Beach goers. Sadly people must climb to this higher part of trail to “go” and leave behind what they figure are flushable wipes. Disgusting as they clearly don’t decompose and the frequency of this use has rendered the area a gross assault on nature and our noses. Map said we were on-trail but we turned back. Virtually impossible to follow any path on this upslope n we were too grossed out to continue. Trail map should be updated to omit the loop and keep it to the ocean boarder. Park service installing some port-o-potties like at Big Beach might also help.

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Running

Scenic running trail along Keawakapu beach

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David Platt reviewed Wai`anapanapa Coast Trail North
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Hiking

Amazing short easy hike. Lava rock fields, black sand beaches, odd offshore rocks -- all next to the ocean. The end of the trail isn't really marked -- once you hit the airport it's time to turn back :)

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So, we headed up the cinder from the Oneuli Beach side which was sketchy sliding dirt and tiny, thorny kiawae that kept attacking us as we hiked small, steep, loose ground 6 inch wide goat trails. The view was amazing to see the canopy of kiawae trees below us, the ocean, west Maui, Molokini, Lanai and Haleakala. We realized we were not near any real trail and after the fifth thorn attack decided to head down to Oneuli and enjoy the black sand beach. No misgivings about turning back. We opted not to enter via the other side. Maybe another time.

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Hiking

Nice pretty mostly paved trail for a beach run. Very well maintained grounds around the path.

Peggy Concepcion reviewed Puu Olai Cinder Cone Trail
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Hiking

Meandering trails within a wooded forest. There is both the ocean breeze and shade. Enjoyed it immensely......and I had no problem with the adjacent “clothing optional” beach. The problem was the activity that belonged in a hotel blended into the forest. Especially single men who must have spent too much time at that beach. Isn’t this sacred land? It’s too bad. It was beautiful there.

Connor Yamada reviewed Black Sand Beach and Blowhole
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Hiking

Short hike to the beach. There was a little cave area on the right you could walk through which was neat. Would recommend sandals for the beach which was painful

Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 18, 2019
Hiking

Amazing views, scenery and sounds. Moderate technically due to lava rock, a few washouts and sections where the trail is hard to see. Not too strenuous though, it's a walking trail not a running trail. Go out as the tide comes in for best results!

Andrew Vanni reviewed Puu Olai Cinder Cone Trail
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Hiking

Very secluded, and interesting. Starts on a nice beach, makes its way over some rocks to “little beach”. Nude beach). You can somewhat avoid that beach and stay on the trail. Then you end up at some nice tide pools. Once you’re through that, you start going up very narrow trails that aren’t marked at all. It appears that not that many people hike there and multiple small pathways meander over the hillside. Very hard to stay on course, advise keeping your trail app open the whole time. If you make it, it’s somewhat rewarding. The tide pools stand out as a nice part, if you are interested in some good views of Molokini you can just do the first half and turn around and avoid the weird trails all together.

Sean Renken reviewed Puu Olai Cinder Cone Trail
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HikingOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

While the trail around the bluffs was nicely maintained and easy to follow, as soon as you start to head up the cone, it becomes confusing, dangerous, and you come down a steep cliffside into an area marked off limits for safety concerns. Also, should have mentioned nude beach along the way - I have no problem with nudity, but it could surprise some people.

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