Cultural Interpretive Hike and Taro Patch Tour

Hosted by the Kipahulu 'Ohana

Kapahu Living Farm
Waimoku Falls
400-foot Waimoku Falls

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 and was recognized in 2005 by the Hawaii Tourism Authority's "Keep It Hawaii" Kahili Awards 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 is 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 groups. If you are with a school or other educational group, the fees below do not apply. Please click here to use our Group Hosting inquiry form 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

ONLINE RESERVATIONS

2-HOUR HIKE

Hike thru History to Kapahu Living Farm™
Distance: 3 miles
Elevation change: 350 feet
$49 per person

Date and Time of Hike

Enter your desired date and time of hike reservation (between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.) and you will receive an email to confirm availability.

If your desired date is less than 48 hours in advance, please email or call 808-248-8558 to confirm availability prior to placing reservation.

Hale Ku'ai

Meet outside the Kipahulu Visitor Center.

COST

The 2-hour hike is $49 per person.

In addition, a fee of $15 per vehicle ($10 per motorcycle, $8 per person on foot/bicycle) must be paid to the National Park Service upon entering the Kipahulu parking area.

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.

Kanalulu House
Historic Kanalulu House

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 $15 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 or call 808-248-8558.


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Kipahulu 'Ohana
PO Box 454
Hana, Maui, Hawaii 96713
808-248-8974
ohana@kipahulu.org
www.kipahulu.org