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Uncover the Best Hiking Spots on Maui

Maui isn’t just one big beach, it’s a mountain. Yes, you’ll find plenty of palm trees, tropical drinks and lounge chairs poolside, but the Garden Isle also offers an incredible array of outdoor itineraries, from hikes through bamboo groves and lush rainforest to otherworldly rambles across a landscape resembling the surface of Mars. Along the way you can encounter endangered species like the nēnē goose (Hawaiian state bird) and the spiky, alien-looking Haleakalā silverswords, all within a day’s driving distance.

Best Rainforest Hike: ʻIao Valley Needle:
Explore a tropical rain forest on this short 2-mile loop to ʻIao Valley Needle, an erosional feature that rises 1200 feet from the valley floor. Clouds and mist congregate in the upper valley, watering the bright green needle and nourishing plants like giant philodendron, guava, and plumeria. The paved trail crosses over the ʻĪao stream and passes botanical species like taro, brought to Maui by ancient Hawaiians. Read more…

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