This 5-mile hike leads up to one of the most scenic parts of the Munro Trail. It takes about three hours (return) and offers sweeping views of remote valleys (where taro was once grown), Maui and Molokaʻi.
The trail begins at the rear of the Lodge at Koele on the paved path that leads to the golf clubhouse. From there, follow the signposted path uphill past Norfolk Island pines until you reach a hilltop bench with a plaque bearing the poem 'If' by Rudyard Kipling. The heritage center publishes a map that makes following the route easy.
Follow the trail down through a thicket of guava trees until you reach an abandoned dirt service road and you'll intersect with the Munro Trail; after a few minutes you'll pass Kukui Gulch, named for the kukui (candlenut trees) that grow there. Continue along the trail until you reach a thicket of tall sisal plants; about 50yd after that bear right to reach Koloiki Ridge, where you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of much of the island.