Tips for Day Hikes
Hiking is a perfect way to see Maui. Just wear sturdy shoes to spare your ankles from a crash course in loose lava rock. At upper elevations, the weather is guaranteed to be extreme—alternately chilly or blazing—so layers are good.
When hiking near streams or waterfalls, be cautious: Flash floods can occur at any time. Don't drink stream water or swim in streams if you have open cuts; bacteria and parasites are not the souvenir you want to take home with you.
Here's a checklist for what to take for a great hike.
Water (at least two quarts per person; drink even if you're not thirsty)
Food—fruit, trail mix, and lunch
Rain gear—especially if going into the crater
Sturdy hiking shoes
Wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses
Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher recommended)
Mosquito repellent (a must around waterfalls and pools)