Helewai Experiences


Honolua Ridge Hike
$125 per hiker | 3 hours

Located in West Maui, above the prestigious Kapalua resort area, this extraordinary hike takes you into the historic Maunalei Arboretum, ascending the Honolua Ridgeline, ending at an incredible lookout with panoramic views of the Pu’u Kukui Watershed Preserve.

Forget about waterfalls! This tour helps you understand why waterfalls exist in the first place. In addition to the captivating stories and endless knowledge from your naturalist guide, adventure seekers can swing from vines on one of Maui’s largest Banyan trees, as well as walk through an ancient coffee farm and marvel at some of our island’s oldest native trees.

This trail is 2 miles roundtrip with several stop along the way. It’s perfect for the whole family and all ages are welcome. Our guides are local, born and raise on Maui, with incredible knowledge and insight of our cherished island we call home. No one is doing what we’re doing, so come with us into the mountains and discover what you’ve been missing on your Maui vacation.



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Pu’u Kukui Watershed Preserve

Pu’u Kukui is Hawaiian for “Hill of Enlightenment”
At nearly 12, 000 acres, Pu’u Kukui Watershed Preserve is the largest private nature preserve in the state of Hawai’i, responsible for taking care of the most pristine watershed from mauka to ma kai of Mauna Kahālāwai on Mauiʻs West side. The unique biodiversity of the area is extremely rare and a wonder to see. This area is a vital water source for Mauiʻs community and one of the wettest spots on earth and is home to some of the rarest endangered flora and fauna in the islands. Over 300 native plant species can be found in the preserve; including nine plant species on the US Endangered Species List and Hawai’i’s only mammal species: the ‘Ope’a’pe’a or Hawaiian Hoary Bat and the ‘ilioholoikauaua or Hawaiian Monk Seal, both of which are endangered. The preserve hosts many native species, some in natural habitats as pristine as when the first Polynesians arrived on the islands about 1,500 years ago.

Pu’u Ku Kui serves as the source of both irrigation and potable water for Kapalua Resort, Kapala Farms, Maui Pineapple Co. and West Maui residents from Kapalua to Honokowai. Conservation endeavors include non-native invasive species control, weed control, monitoring, research and most importantly protecting rare species.

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