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Makawao Forest Reserve, Makawao

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Makawao Forest Reserve is a 2,093 acres (847 ha) reserve located in upcountry Maui in Maui County, Hawaiʻi, United States on the northwest slope of Haleakala. It is located 2.7 miles (4.3 km) from the town of Makawao and 15 miles (24 km) from Kahului Airport.

Many indigenous and foreign plants, shrubs and trees grow in the forest. They include tropical ash, Cook pine, hala pepe, eucalyptus, leʻle, mamaki, pilo and kupukupu. It is also the home and origin of Hyposmocoma makawao which is a species of moth in the family Cosmopterigidae.

There are seven developed trails including Kahakapao Loop, Pineapple Express, Renegade Trail, Ravine Trail, Secret Trail and Tweener Trail. The Kahakapao Loop is the main trail which is 6.2 miles (10 km) long.

Admission is free and walking and mountain-bike trails are open to the public from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. There are two portable toilets available for visitors and one is suitable for wheelchairs.
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  • .Largest concentration of trails on Maui. Well maintained and easy to follow. You can hike as short or long as you want. Some trails are shared with mountain bikes but they have a lot of their own... 
    .Largest concentration of trails on Maui. Well maintained and easy to follow. You can hike as short or long as you want. Some trails are shared with mountain bikes but they have a lot of their own...  more »
  • A lovely 6 mile hike from the west to east loop. It's relatively easy without too many crazy uphills or anything, and a lot of people bike here as well. It's the perfect hike if you're trying to... 
    A lovely 6 mile hike from the west to east loop. It's relatively easy without too many crazy uphills or anything, and a lot of people bike here as well. It's the perfect hike if you're trying to...  more »

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