State Parks on the island of Maui

Halekii-Pihana Heiaus State Monument

In Wailuku at end of Hea Place off Kuhio Place from Waiehu Beach Road (Highway 340).

Remains of two important heiaus (places of worship) that were rededicated as war temples by Kahekili, Maui's last ruling chief. Viewpoint of Central Maui. Park gate open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

10.2 acres

Iao Valley State Monument

End of Iao Valley Road (Highway 32), Iao Valley.

Scenic viewpoint of Iao Needle, an erosional feature which abruptly rises 1200 feet from the valley floor. Park gate open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

6.2 acres

Kaumahina State Wayside

On Hana Highway (Highway 360), approximately 28 miles east of Kahului Airport--2 hours drive.

Forested rest stop with picnicking and scenic viewpoint of northeast Maui coastline. Showy exotic plants. No drinking water.

7.8 acres

Makena State Park

South of Wailea at Puu Olai volcanic cone just beyond the end of Wailea Alanui Road.

Scenic wildland beach park characterized by prominent cinder cone and large white sand beach. Swimming during calm seas, bodysurfing, board surfing, shore fishing, and beach- related activities. No drinking water.

164.4 acres

Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area

At 6200 feet elevation in Kula Forest Reserve, 9.7 miles upland from Kula on Waipoli Road off Kekaulike Avenue (Highway 377); 4-wheel drive vehicle recommended.

Camping and lodging (one cabin) within the fog belt of Kula forest. Extensive trail system in the forest reserve, including through a forest reminiscent of the conifer forests of the Pacific Northwest coast. Sweeping views of Central and West Maui, Kahoolawe, Molokai and Lanai in clear weather. Pig and seasonal bird hunting. Nights are generally cold; winter nights frequently have below freezing temperatures. No campground showers.

10.0 acres

Puaa Kaa State Wayside

On Hana Highway (Highway 360), approximately 38 miles east of Kahului Airport--2 1/2 hours drive.

Rest stop and picnicking in the rain forest. An idyllic area with small scenic waterfalls and pools. No drinking water.

5.0 acres

Waianapanapa State Park

In Hana at end of Waianapanapa Road off Hana Highway (Highway 360), 52.8 miles east of Kahului Airport--3 hours drive.

Remote, wild, low-cliffed volcanic coastline offering solitude and respite from urban life. Lodging, camping, picnicking, shore fishing and hardy family hiking along an ancient Hawaiian coastal trail which leads to Hana. Excellent opportunity to study a seabird colony and anticline pools. Other features include native hala forest, legendary cave, heiau (place of worship), natural stone arch, sea stacks, blow holes and small beach.

122.1 acres

Wailua Valley State Wayside

On Hana Highway (Highway 360), approximately 32 miles east of Kahului Airport--2 1/4 hours drive.

Viewpoint of Keanae Valley and Koolau Gap in Haleakala's rim, and of Wailua Village and taro patches in opposite direction.

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