It can be perfect to make as a part of your drive in West Maui. (Map below of the best way to drive to Ohai Trail!)
There’s also a bench so you can rest up with ocean views too.
But you actually don’t even really need to hike at all in order to see amazing views around here.
First, it’s a great scenic drive with ocean views and mountains views just to get here.
And there’s also an overlook right where the trail starts too, and you can see sweeping ocean views from here.
Take a few steps forward on the hiking trail, walk maybe 1-2 minutes, and you’ll get more amazing ocean views!
The Ohai Loop Trail is around 1.3 miles long
Going at a leisurely pace, you’ll be able to complete this hike in around 30 minutes, but you might want to give yourself more time to take in the views!
Ohai Trail location
This is located in what’s considered along the more “rugged” Maui coastline, in the western area of Maui. And more specifically the far north area of West Maui.
From the beach resort areas of Kaanapali and Kapalua, you will drive further north and keep following the highway around the island as it starts going east.
Explore the map.
Now, looking at the map more closely, you will also see that there’s a road you can take from the south, the Kahekili Highway (340).
Google maps might actually send you on this route if you make Ohai Trail your destination.
Explore the map.
Except, having talked to people who have driven both of these back roads, this West Maui back road seemed to feel more scary. (They thought Hana was fine.) So, it’s better to look into this drive before doing it.
And so, the “safe” way to go is to drive the road past Kaanapali and Kapalua! It’s also a scenic drive, and there are things to do along the way too, like the famous Maui blowhole and the famous Maui tide pools.
You might want to download offline google maps before you go since it’s possible you’ll lose service in this part of Maui.
The parking lot for Ohai Trail is located right off main road that you’ll drive to get there.
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More PHOTOS of what you’ll see on the Ohai Loop Trail!
It’s a loop, so you can go either way. I went straight for the coastline!
And that’s a bit of what you’ll see hiking the Ohai Trail!
HAPPY HIKING THE OHAI LOOP TRAIL!
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