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Unexpected Maui-Polipoli Redwoods

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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.

Coastal Redwoods Dwarf a hiker in Poli Poli State Park

Looking up from the base of a Coastal Redwood in Poli Poli State Park, Kula

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.

The Cabin at Poli Poli State Park on Maui

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.

2 Responses to “Unexpected Maui-Polipoli Redwoods”

  1. sandra Morey says:

    Is there any way for an elder person who does not want to rent a 4 wheel drive to get to Poli Poli State Park? We are active in Save the Redwoods, Sempervirons Fund, Mendocino woodlands Association and we love our Northern California redwoods very much and the wildlife they nurture. We have seen a couple of scraggly, dry sempervirons in a little wooded area near the Alala sanctuary up from Makawao. They look very sad. We’d love to see some that are thriving since we are having a very hard time saving the 5% we have left here in No. California. Thanks

  2. Pete Jalbert R(S) says:

    Hi Sandra,
    It is a dirt road, but I have seen plenty of two wheel drive vehicles up at the park. The better stand of redwoods is a little bit of a hike, but not too bad.

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11/14/2012

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