Discovering Olinda

I’m still exploring my new island and decided on my day off to take a late afternoon hike through the State Reforestation Project which is open to the public. It is in the beautiful and rural upcountry of Olinda, Maui. The weather was cool and while I usually don’t like the idea of hiking alone, the trail was wide and flat and inviting. So, off I went.


When I got to a junction of intersecting trails, I decided to take the Spring Trail. I saw the word Loop Trail below, but in my mind I connected the two. The Spring trail is .8 miles and was relatively easy.

The Spring Trail
The Spring Trail

However after about .3 mild all of a sudden it started going precipitously downward at a fairly steep angle. The trail narrowed to just a path with angles that traversed across a rather steep cliff. After about 10 bends I was going at a good pace when I looked down and noticed my camera was hanging by its strap, but the case with my car keys and ID were no longer attached. Oh no, I would have to go up the trail to find it which I did about three traverses up. At this point I thanked God I wouldn’t have to go up this again as, yes, this is a loop trail. So, I retraced my steps and continued on my way down.

Developing a bit of a challenge
Developing a bit of a challenge

I was not wearing hiking boots. I had on my walking shoes which have a flat sole and it started to get a little slippery and every time I saw the “Hazardous Cliff” sign, I gave pause, but it was such a lovely day and I would be coming to the loop soon enough and would wend my way back to the beginning.


No sooner had I thought this I reached the bottom which led me to a rock bowl and a sign that said “End of the Trail”. It was then I realized the Loop Trail was entirely separate and I would have to climb upwards across all those traversing angles and steep cliffs. After about 5 or 6 diagonal treks I was out of breath and wondering if I could possibly suffer a heart attack alone on the trail. It has been a while since my heart beat was up in the high range and it felt like my shirt was lifting off my skin with each beat. But, with occasional rests, I made it back to the junction and was never so happy in my life to see flat ground again!

The reforestation apparently is going well. The pines are about 80-100 ft. tall and straight as an arrow. And, they have planted a few native Koa trees as well.

On my way back home I stopped to take a couple of pictures of upcountry rural Maui…

I am trying to take the time between working full time and trying to keep my business afloat to document my newest adventure. I think the next time I take a hike, I will do so with a partner!


3 thoughts on “Discovering Olinda

  1. Beautiful pics and thankful you made it back up to the top all in one piece. Never go hiking alone! Happy that you’re making the best of your new situation. Would you ever go back to the big island?

    1. You know, I’m not sure I will go back, at least not in the near future. I’m settled here, have a job, have my business, have my new hula halau, so things are good. I really love Maui. I’m having such a grand time exploring. Next, Iao Valley, Hana and the beachwalk of Ka’anapali. I will probably do a lot more hiking, but will check out the trail before hand. I would like to actually take the loop trail which DOES end up at the beginning!

      1. Wish I could have been there with you. I love to hike. I know what you mean about the palpitating heart, it’s scary. I walk about 40 minutes per day in the neighborhood around here. The houses are the old “Craftsman” style and landscaped beautifully. We are also close to eucalyptus tress at Morley Field, an extension of Balboa Park, which is also very close by. I went walking there yesterday and loved seeing those thick trunks on the trees. You sound as if you are loving the country environment, and also, your new job. Blessings to you.

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