Ohai Trail / Poelua Bay

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Phone (808) 973-9782
Address Kahehili Hwy, Between mile marker 40 and 41, Wailuku, HI 96793
Short easy loop trail with a beautiful panoramic views of the west side coastal cliffs.

• General: Cost: Free • General: Photo Opportunity • Hiking: Dogs Allowed • Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Length: 1-2 Miles
• Hiking: Level: Easy • Hiking: Loop Trail • Hiking: Nature Walk • Sightseeing: Great Views

The Ohai Trail and Poelua Bay lookout can be found in Wailuku on the north shore of West Maui. This area is both an incredible scenic lookout point as well as a nice nature hike.

The lookout and trailhead are easy to find on the makai (ocean) side of Highway 340, between the 40 and 41 mile markers. See our directions page for the exact location to follow. There is a small parking area off the side of the road and the trail begins right there.

After you check out the scenic lookout and take some photos, head onto the Ohai Trail which is a short, 1.2 mile (round trip) loop trail.

While the trail isn't overly difficult, and often considered to be of easy difficulty, there are some hazards to be aware of. First up, Half of the trail runs along the edges of cliffs where a fall could send you down a long way into the ocean. In most areas you're not too close to the edge but in a few spots you'll get relatively close. This isn't to scare you, but to make you aware of this should you have children with you, in which case keep an eye on them rather than letting them run ahead.

Next up is the fact that this hike is completely exposes to the sun. There is no shade. As with any hike, but especially an exposed hike, apply plenty of sunscreen to Protect Yourself From Sunburn & Skin Cancer before you get started. Even with easy trails like this, always read up on Hiking Safety & Essentials before taking on any hike.

The short trail offers gorgeous views of the ocean and coast along the way. To your west (left when facing the ocean) will be the lovely Poelua Bay as well as the island of Moloka'i in the distance. The trail extends for a loop with scarce vegetation, but it's a quiet, often overlooked spot to enjoy on Maui.