Join Native Hawaiian guides from the Kipahulu ‘Ohana on a hike through history in the Kipahulu area of Haleakala National Park, visiting sites representing several eras, arriving at the inspiring beauty of Kapahu Living Farm™, where traditional lo’i kalo (taro patches) have been restored to active production with taro and other culturally important plants.

The Kipahulu Ohana operates this exclusive interpretive program through an agreement with Haleakala National Park. Kipahulu ‘Ohana is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and all proceeds from our interpretive tours directly support our cultural and environmental restoration projects.

Kipahulu Ohana and was recognized in 2005 by the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s “Keep It Hawaii” Kahili Award for “authentic portrayal of the Hawaiian culture.” Kapahu Living Farm is featured in ISLANDS magazine 2007 “Blue List” of 100 leaders worldwide in responsible tourism “who ensure that islands remain environmentally and culturally sound for future generations.” And this tour was featured in Spirit of Aloha November 2007 as one of 14 “classic and lesser-known day trips around the Islands”

(Note: Kipahulu ‘Ohana hosts customized tours for educational and community groups. If you are with a school or other group, the fees below do not apply. Please see our Educational Group Hosting page instead.)

FEATURES OF THE HIKE

  • Ancient habitation areas where stone walls and house sites are visible
  • ‘Ohe’o Bridge with scenic view above famous Pools of ‘Ohe’o
  • Historic Kanalulu House, built in the 1920s and restored in 2002
  • Scenic overlook to the stunning 180-foot Makahiku Falls
  • Features remnant from the sugar cane industry
  • Kapahu Living Farm™, an ancient taro farm restored to active production
  • Sampling of traditional Hawaiian foods grown at the farm
  • Ethnobotanical sharing about the plants that you will see along the route, including native (endemic) Hawaiian plants, “Canoe Plants” (Polynesian introduced) that are of special importance Native Hawaiian culture, and exotic invasive plants

 

2-HOUR HIKE

  • Hike thru History to Kapahu Living Farm™
  • Departs 10:00 a.m. daily
  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Elevation change: 350 feet
  • $49 per person

Date of Hike



3½-HOUR HIKE

  • Same as 2-hour hike but also includes Pipiwai Trail thru bamboo forest to 400-ft Waimoku Falls
  • Departs 12:30 p.m. daily
  • Distance: 4.5 miles
  • Elevation change: 600 feet
  • $79 per person

Date of Hike



Enter your desired date of hike reservation on the final payment page before you click the Add to Cart button. If your desired date is less than 48 hours in advance, please email tours@kipahulu.org or call 808-248-8558 to confirm availability prior to placing reservation.

 

Meet outside the Kipahulu Visitor Center.

COST

The 2-hour hike is $49 per person.

The 3.5-hour hike is $79 per person.

In addition, an entrance fee of $20 per vehicle must be paid to the National Park Service upon entering the Kipahulu parking area (good for three days, in Kipahulu and at the Summit).

Kipahulu ‘Ohana is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and all proceeds from our interpretive tours directly support our cultural and environmental restoration projects.

Tips for your tour guides and/or additional tax-deductible donations to the organization are greatly appreciated.

WHAT TO BRING
Food, gas facilities, and potable water are not available at Kipahulu. Fill your gas tank and bring water, snacks, rain gear, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, and hiking shoes for each member of your group.

LOCATION
The Kipahulu area of Haleakala National Park. Follow Hwy 36 from Hana towards Kaupo. Allow a 4 hour one-way drive from Wailea or Ka’anapali areas.

PARKING
Parking is available in the National Park Service parking lot at Kipahulu for a $10 fee per vehicle.

ACCESSIBILITY
Park facilities are accessible. Regular Taro Patch tours are not accessible.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS
To schedule special tours, including accessible tours, groups or schools may submit an inquiry via our web form.

MAHALO
We extend our gratitude to the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the County of Maui Office of Economic Development for their support of the development of this interpretive hike, and to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for support of Kapahu Living Farm overall.

QUESTIONS?
Email tours@kipahulu.org or call 808-248-8558.


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