Last weekend, we ventured into the historic Olowalu Valley. The hike to the very back of Olowalu Valley is about 5 miles – making for a 10-mile round-trip. We weren’t planning to hike the entire trail, but our goal was to reach the canyon slots!The mouth of the valley is just off of Honoapiilani Highway in West Maui. We took a dirt road behind Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop which led us pass the Olowalu Petroglyphs and to the Olowalu Cultural Reserve (OCR). We parked outside of the OCR gate and walked up the dirt road to the trailhead. We passed by a farm with several fields of vegetables and fruits (including taro and papaya). The sky that day was amazing; the clouds looked like they were painted across the sky! The dirt path eventually led us to a bridge with a sign and OCR donation box; this was the start of the trail.
Toni uses his super strength to clear the path.
Many stream crossings and a few small waterfalls.
Love how the sun shines through the forest canopy!
It was clear that the trail doesn’t get a lot of visitors. We did not encounter other people on the trail, but we did walk into a ton of spiders and spider webs! So be prepared!
The trail was easy to follow in the beginning. There was a well maintained path with neon color ribbons tied to trees to help guide the way. We crossed the stream a number of times and passed by some abandoned tents — which we assumed belonged to homeless people. The beginning of the hike was pretty flat and it was easy to follow (just follow the stream!).
Just about 30-40 minutes into the trail, we arrived at a rock crag that must have been over 100 feet high. The unique rock formations were reoccurring as we hiked further into the valley.
We got pretty excited when walking through the pinch-points of the valleys; they made for a very scenic landscape!
We ended up hiking into the valley for 2 hours and headed back after reaching the canyon slots. We wanted to continue hiking up the stream, but we ran out of water and snacks so we decided to call it a day. Overall, we loved the canyon slots and unique rock formations!