Aloha Stoked does such a good job with their youtube. This looks like such fun -
I love to hike in Washington and I brought that love to Maui. Twin Falls is an easy yet exciting hike just past Paia. You can easily see the Twin Falls from a short walk from the parking lot but if your willing to get your feet wet in a few streams keep going to the next falls for a swim under the falls. You can keep going up to a third and final set of falls. Keep the spirit of Aloha alive and respect the No Trespassing signs you will see along your way. Enjoy my home made video - I'm no master but I have fun.
Heiau = An ancient Hawaiian temple or sacred site.
This heiau is supposedly the oldest on Maui, dating to the 13th century. Legend has it that it was built in one night from stones taken from the Wailuku River. What really attracted me was this was the spot for the last human sacrifice on Maui. One of the princess's of Maui insulted him and well...... that was that.
A writer for the San Jose Mercury News, Lee Quarstrom claims to have almost seen, from the corner of his eye, a troop of helmeted Hawaiian warriors defending their sacred stronghold with clubs and spears against an onslaught of enemies from another island. Looking around there was nothing in his direct sight. Chilling to know the Hawaii of old is still there, jus out of our site.
You can't drive to the area any longer and if you want driving access you need to call a number. Otherwise, park down in the neighborhood streets and walk up the road. It's a fairly short and easy walk. Added bonus to the heiau is territorial view below.
There's more to Maui than beaches........
Though there are 20 plus miles of beaches and the pull to lay back and let the sun kiss your skin is hard to resist you'll be glad you made the effort. Hiking the crater at Haleakala will soothe your soul and quiet your heart. It will be one on your most cherished memories of Maui.
Walking into the crater along a ridge with drop offs on both sides is a thrill you'll never forget. The views are unbelievable, the quiet deafening. Not for the weak hearted Halemanu'u trailhead begins at 7,990 feet and goes up and down for about 3 1/2 miles into the bottom and the Holua cabin and campsites.
Words can't describe the experience. See photos by taken by local photographer Natalie Brown during her hike along the Halemanu'u trail in Haleakala. The beauty of Maui is boundless and the peace of entering this other world will stay with you in your heart.
Part time Maui resident sharing my Kihei condo with guests when I'm staying in my mainland home.