Have you ever heard of Auwahi? It is an endangered ecosystem located within driving distance of our Maui vacation rentals. Well, in April, visitors and locals alike will have an opportunity to hike the beautiful tract of land with a conservationist. It’s all part of the Hawaiian Islands Land Trusts’ annual Talk Story on the Land.
The Talk Story on the Land Series runs throughout the year and includes various locations throughout Maui. The Auwahi hike is scheduled to take place the morning of April 12th. Admission is free and advance reservations are needed due to the area’s popularity.
So what’s so special about Auwahi? We’d be delighted to tell you. To begin with, it’s what’s known as a dryland forest. They are areas that receive little rainfall yet remain verdant and full of life. There are very few of them left in the world, hence why it’s classified as an endangered area. Before it became an endangered area, it played a central role in Maui residents’ lives. You’ll be able to learn more about that role during the hike. So we don’t want to over share now and spoil it for you.
What we will tell you is that during the hike you’re likely to encounter flora and fauna that you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. Among them are the Maui Halapepe trees, which were traditionally used to make canoe paint and leis. The list of other flora that you may see along the way includes koai’a trees, grasses, a’e trees and alani.
After the hike, you may want to enjoy a few hours at the Ulupakakua Ranch. It is where the tour starts and ends. What’s great about the ranch is that it is home to a winery, sporting clays, grill, horseback riding opportunities and a store.
To book a stay at our Maui vacation rentals and hike the Auwahi in April, please contact us at (800) 367-5635. Our oceanfront Hawaii condos have everything that you’ll need to make your stay on Maui complete.