ALOHA!

 

If you’re looking for a relatively short and easy hiking trail somewhat near Kaanapali or Kapalua, well then, Ohai Loop Trail can be a Maui hike to consider!

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!)

 

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail - best hikes in west maui, far north. maui hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail - best hikes in west maui, far north. maui hawaii travel blog

Hike the Ohai Loop Trail - best hikes in west maui, far north. maui hawaii travel blog

Hike the Ohai Loop Trail - best hikes in west maui, far north. maui hawaii travel blog

Hike the Ohai Loop Trail - best hikes in west maui, far north. maui hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail - best hikes in west maui, far north. maui hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail - best hikes in west maui, far north. maui hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail - best hikes in west maui, far north. maui hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail - best hikes in west maui, far north. maui hawaii travel blog

 

There’s also a bench so you can rest up with ocean views too.

 

Ohai Loop Trail hike to overlook spot - things to do in far north west maui. hawaii travel blog

Ohai Loop Trail hike to overlook spot - things to do in far north west maui. hawaii travel blog

Ohai Loop Trail hike to overlook spot - things to do in far north west maui. hawaii travel blog

 

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.

 

getting to Ohai Trail - drive from kaanapali, from kapalua. things to do in far north west maui. hawaii travel blog

getting to Ohai Trail - drive from kaanapali, from kapalua. things to do in far north west maui. hawaii travel blog

getting to Ohai Trail - drive from kaanapali, from kapalua. things to do in far north west maui. hawaii travel blog

 

And there’s also an overlook right where the trail starts too, and you can see sweeping ocean views from here.

 

Ohai Trail overlook - best far north west maui scenic viewpoints. hawaii travel blog

Ohai Trail overlook - best far north west maui scenic viewpoints. hawaii travel blog

Ohai Trail overlook - best far north west maui scenic viewpoints. hawaii travel blog

 

Take a few steps forward on the hiking trail, walk maybe 1-2 minutes, and you’ll get more amazing ocean views!

 

Ohai Trail - best short hikes in west maui - things to do in far north west maui. hawaii travel blog

Ohai Trail - best short hikes in west maui - things to do in far north west maui. hawaii travel blog

 

 

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 Loop trail distance how long miles. west maui travel blog

Ohai Loop trail distance how long miles. west maui travel blog

 

 

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. 

 

Ohai Loop Trail West Maui map - getting there. kaanapali to ohai loop trail. from kapalua. maui hawaii travel blog
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).

It would appear as though this would be the road to take if you’re coming from places like Kahului (location of Maui’s main airport OGG), Paia (unofficial start of the Road to Hana), and South Maui.

Google maps might actually send you on this route if you make Ohai Trail your destination.

 

Ohai Loop Trail West Maui map - getting there. from paia, from central maui, from south maui to ohai loop trail. west maui backroad, kahekili trail. maui hawaii travel blog
Explore the map.

 

BUT!

Just as there is the “back road” to Hana, I’d say this part of Kahekili Highway through the town of Kahakuloa is the “back road” to West Maui

 

getting to Ohai Trail - should you drive the backroad to west maui, kahekili highway. things to do in far north west maui. hawaii travel blog

 

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.

 

Ohai Trail parking lot - west maui hawaii travel blog

 

 

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Now…

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!

 

Ohai Loop trail start location of hiking trail. west maui travel blog

Ohai Loop trail start location of hiking trail. west maui travel blog

Ohai Loop trail dangers hiking safety tips. west maui travel blog

Ohai Loop trail start location of hiking trail. west maui travel blog

Ohai Loop trail start location of hiking trail. west maui travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail with ocean views. coastal west maui hike. hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail with ocean views. coastal west maui hike. hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail with ocean views. coastal west maui hike. hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail with ocean views. coastal west maui hike. hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail with ocean views. coastal west maui hike. hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail with ocean views. coastal west maui hike. hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail with ocean views. coastal west maui hike. hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail with ocean views. coastal west maui hike. hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail with ocean views. coastal west maui hike. hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail with ocean views. coastal west maui hike. hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail with ocean views. coastal west maui hike. hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail with ocean views. coastal west maui hike. hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail with ocean views. coastal west maui hike. hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail with ocean views. coastal west maui hike. hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail with ocean views. coastal west maui hike. hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail with ocean views. coastal west maui hike. hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail with ocean views. coastal west maui hike. hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail with ocean views. coastal west maui hike. hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail with ocean views. coastal west maui hike. hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail with ocean views. coastal west maui hike. hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail with ocean views. coastal west maui hike. hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail with ocean views. coastal west maui hike. hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail with ocean views. coastal west maui hike. hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail with ocean views. coastal west maui hike. hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail with ocean views. coastal west maui hike. hawaii travel blog

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail with ocean views. coastal west maui hike. hawaii travel blog

 

And that’s a bit of what you’ll see hiking the Ohai Trail!

 

See more great hikes to do on Maui!

 

HAPPY HIKING THE OHAI LOOP TRAIL!

 

Hiking the Ohai Loop Trail - best hikes in west maui, far north. maui hawaii travel blog

 

 

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