At West Maui's Kapalua Resort, I'm sorry to report that hikers no longer have access to the summit-to-sea Mahana Ridge Trail. Hikers may still access the Maunalei Arboretum and part of the Honolua Ridge Trail, according to resort representatives. All of these trails are covered in my book, Top Trails Maui: Must-Do Hikes for Everyone, published by Wilderness Press and as an Amazon Kindle ebook.
The Mahana Ridge Trail was originally scheduled to be closed for only six to eight weeks while the Mahana Estates residential development was being built. But what started as a temporary restriction on trail access has unfortunately become an indefinite closure. There is no expected reopening date for the Mahana Ridge Trail, although it may become accessible once again after construction has finished - the jury is still out on that point.
In the meantime, shuttle service for hikers to the Maunalei Arboretum, leaving from the Kapalua Resort activities center next to the golf course, has been reduced to just two round-trips daily. Call (808) 665-9110 to check current trail conditions and shuttle schedules, and to make shuttle reservations (seating is free, but limited).
If you know of any other trail closures on Maui, let us know by leaving a comment. Mahalo!
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