So if you’ve seen pictures of Hawaii’s heart-shaped rock and you were hoping to see it during your trip to Maui…
Well, unfortunately that is no longer possible!
The heart-shaped portion of the rock has been destroyed by nature and is now gone.
At some point in the recent past, part of the rock formation of the heart-shaped rock broke away.
Google reviews indicate that this may have happened in January 2020.
All that’s left is half of the heart-shaped rock!
I made a visit here on January 24, 2020 and this is what it looked like.
This just really goes to show that these natural creations may only be a limited time only kind of thing… so see these types of Maui sights (and Hawaii sights!) while you can!
The other half of the heart that’s remaining may disappear soon too!
👆 Map of where the heart-shaped rock was located on Maui. Explore the map. Explore more things to do in West Maui.
More for your trip to Maui beyond the heart-broken rock
If you’re interested in the previously heart-shaped rock in Hawaii, then you may also be interested in these things around Maui:
- Nakalele Blowhole
- Ohai Trail
- Kapalua Coastal Trail
- Waihee Ridge Trail
- Iao Valley
- Makaluapuna Point
- Waianapanapa State Park
- Pipiwai Trail
- Kahekili Highway
- West Maui mountains
- Things to do in Maui (for VIEWS!)
More below about seeing the previously famous heart-shaped rock!
Here are some ideas for your time on Maui!
Among the most popular things to do on Maui are Haleakala National Park, the Road to Hana, and Waianapanapa State Park!
For Haleakala National Park, the most famous spot is the Haleakala summit at high altitude of 10,000+ feet! For an epic hike, you will want to be sure to do the Sliding Sands Trail to hike into a crater with a volcanic desert landscape.
Most people do the Road to Hana as a day trip. There are so many Road to Hana stops that it can turn into a really long day. You can make it into a more relaxing 2-day trip by staying overnight in Hana at the Waianapanapa State Park cabins (bring your own everything) or the Hyatt Hana!
Waianapanapa State Park is home to the best black sand beach on Maui. (Reservations required.) You may also want to hike the Waianapanapa Coastal Trail so you can see lava fields with ocean views!
Some more of the best Maui hikes with views you need to see are the Pipiwai Trail (bamboo forest!), Waihee Ridge Trail, and Kapalua Coastal Trail.
Also head to West Maui to see the famous blowhole of Maui, the Nakalele Blowhole.
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IMPORTANT!!! If you wanted to see the famous Iao Valley in the West Maui Mountains, unfortunately it will be closed through April 2023. Check the Hawaii State Parks website to confirm.
Is it worth visiting the heart-broken heart of Hawaii?
The hike down to the (now gone) heart-shaped rock is still worth a visit.
That’s because right near the location of the heart-broken rock is the Nakalele blowhole.
The blowhole still exists! Basically it’s the same hike down to the blowhole and the heart-shaped rock.
There’s a short hike stepping over rocks to get down close to the blowhole and heart rock. You’ll see the blowhole as you’re facing the ocean, while you’ll see the half-heart more when you’re facing land. It’s also possible to see the blowhole from a distance up top without hiking all the way down.
See more about the hike to the blowhole.
And that’s a bit about the Nakalele heart-shaped rock that’s no more!
Plan out more of your West Maui adventures!
1. Olivine Pools
Drive time from Nakalele blowhole to Olivine Pools is around 10 minutes. See pictures from this viewpoint.
2. Dragon’s Teeth
Drive time from Nakalele blowhole to Dragon’s Teeth is around 20 minutes. See pictures from this viewpoint.
Drive time from Nakalele blowhole to Waihee Ridge Trail is around 1.5 hours. Recommended to drive from the south. See pictures from this hike.
4. 13 Crossings Trail
Drive time from Nakalele blowhole to the 13 Crossings Trail is around 1.5 hours. Recommended to drive from the south. See pictures from this waterfall hike.
HAPPY VISIT TO THE (PREVIOUSLY) HEART-SHAPED ROCK OF HAWAII!
See the list:
- Things to do on Maui (for VIEWS!)
- Things to do in Haleakala National Park
- Road to Hana stops (for views!)
- Things to do on Lanai
- Maui to Lanai ferry
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