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Arboretum shuttle schedule changed

By Staff | Feb 24, 2011

The Maunalei Arboretum Trail winds its way above Honolua Bay.

KAPALUA — The Kapalua Resort Association provides shuttle service to the Maunalei Arboretum and Mahana Ridge Trails.

A new schedule began Feb. 1: Pickup at Kapalua Village Center for the trip to the arboretum at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and pickup at arboretum and return to Kapalua Village Center at 9:50 and 11:50 a.m. and 1:50 p.m.

The 1:30 p.m. ride is only for those hiking back to the resort on the Mahana Ridge Trail. This is the last arboretum shuttle of the day.

Seating on the Arboretum Shuttle is limited, and transfers to and from the arboretum are limited to the above schedule. To ensure a seat, call 665-9110 to make reservations.

The Kapalua Village Center is located at 2000 Village Road at the intersection of Village and Office roads in Kapalua.

The Maunalei Arboretum is open to the public, and access is free of charge. The public can access the arboretum through the Kapalua Resort Shuttle or by hiking the Mahana Ridge Trail from Kapalua Resort.

The Kapalua Resort Association is permitted to access the arboretum through an agreement with the owner of the private roadway. There is no public access to this roadway, so don’t drive your own car or walk through the private neighborhood.

The Arboretum Trail winds its way above Honolua Bay in a series of loops that meander three miles along Honolua Ridge to the top of Pu’u Ka’eo, a remnant volcanic hillside.

The hike runs through a world-class arboretum created 80 years ago by D. T. Fleming, manager of Honolua Ranch. The arboretum has numerous plant and tree species collected from around the world and Hawaii.

The Mahana Ridge Trail connects Kapalua Resort and The Maunalei Arboretum. It’s a strenuous and hilly 5.75-mile hike that extends from sea level to 1,650 feet of elevation.

All of the resort trails were created and made accessible to the public through the generosity of Maui Land & Pineapple Company.

Those desiring to hike the mountain trails of Kapalua Resort are required to check in at the Kapalua Village Center on Office Road in Kapalua. Maps of the various resort trails are available at the check-in desk.

The trails in Kapalua Resort do not feature facilities; visitors are reminded to be prepared with proper clothing, hydration and footwear. Don’t litter — if you pack it in, pack it out!