Maui Vacation Network
Maui Hoapili Trail
Walking the Hoapili Trail (King's Highway) is a trek into the recent history of Maui. For most of the journey, the trail is hand cut through one of the island's most recent lava flows. Looking straight ahead, one could imagine walking on the moon. Looking mauka (inland), you are treated to a view of the green foothills of Haleakala. The makai (seaward) view, the pacific ocean with secluded beaches along the way and ruins of old Hawaiian structures. This hike makes it easy to imagine the world of the Hawaiians nearly 200 years ago.
The trail is made of sharp lava so good shoes are a must. Bring water and snacks as a minimum. It isn't a real long hike - 6 miles if you do the whole thing but you can have a nice time in just the first 2-3 miles if you would rather. It is very hot with virtually no shade so a hat and plenty of sunscreen is important.
Along the way, you will find an occasional beach for swimming or snorkeling. While walking the inland part of the trail, watch for the blow-hole toward the sea.
If you see it blowing in the distance, it's well worth traversing the rough lava to get a closer look.