The Jalbert family headed to Upcountry Maui on Sunday afternoon for an overnight stay at the Polipoli Cabin in Polipoli State Park. This park is located above Kula at an elevation of 6,200 feet. The native forest was cut down during the 1800s and the area remained deforested into the early 20th century. During the 1920s, this area of Maui was reforested with non-native trees. Eucalyptus, Ash, Pine, Cedar and Coastal Redwood were planted to replace the native forest.
The redwoods have flourished in the area. Clouds that drape along the Western side of Haleakala replicate the foggy conditions that commonly occur in Coastal California. The biggest trees are over 150 feet tall and the widest have a diameter in excess of seven feet. It makes for a pretty cool experience to see these towering trees just seventy minutes from the beaches and palm trees of Paia.
The Polipoli cabin is rustic and has no electricity. It does have hot water, a gas stove and a wood burning stove. We put the wood stove to good use with temperatures dropping into the low 40s at night. When you ventured outside at night, the forest was about as silent as could be. The peace and quiet we experienced is hard to replicate in the hustle and bustle of the modern world. Elevation and lesser light pollution made for some amazing stars.
As a Realtor, I am frequently asked if I ever get bored living on an island in the middle Pacific. I can safely say no and the reason why is the diversity offered on Maui. I live within an hour and a half of rainforests, lava fields, desert environments, alpine environments and even a Redwood Forest.