Maui, known as the “Valley Isle” is a place filled to the brim with all manner of natural liveliness, majestic beauty and wonder. A great way to respectfully explore this gorgeous landscape is by visiting a couple of East Maui’s impressive state parks. Craft an experience that you’ll never forget by taking a journey to and through two state parks that underline how special Maui really is.
Pua’a Ka´a State Park
Maui is truly amazing, a visually and emotionally compelling place that features a wide array of invasive and native wildlife, flora, and natural wonders. You can better explore these jungles and fauna-laced places by stopping by some of the maintained state parks throughout the area. Pua’a Ka´a State Park is one of Maui’s best treasures on the Road to Hana, featuring recently upgraded facilities and an array of park benches, there are even covered picnic spots so you can enjoy a day out without the worry of rain ruining the fun.
Pua’a Ka´a State Park is a half-mile past Mile Marker 22. It features a nice, paved trail that leads to several small waterfalls. It’s recommended to wear the proper shoes and attire if you want to pass across the aqueduct to see this magnificent sight.
Kaumahina State Park
Another glorified site, Kaumahina State Park. Is just as beautiful yet an unparalleled, scenic rest stop featuring 7.8 acres of forested land just past Mile Marker 12 on Maui’s North East Coast! It features a fantastic view of the Ke’anae Peninsula and features updated facilities, with restrooms, picnic areas, & trash cans.
There are several looping trails that wind their way uphill from the nearby ocean, giving you a great glimpse at some of Maui’s gorgeous exotic plants and foliage. Kaumahina State Park is also a fantastic place to do some bird watching, so it would definitely benefit you to bring along some binoculars or other spotting gear.
Tips for Traveling though Maui
- Bring bottle go water
- Always bring sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen
- Have a change of clothes
- Bring comfortable walking shoes
- Take your camera and your sense of adventure
And if you need a ride on Maui to state parks, restaurants, top attractions and more, use local rideshare service holoholo!