If you want to get a glimpse of what it was like for an ancient Hawaiian, you can try hunting for wild pigs. You can head on to West Maui and try the Hunting in Lahaina. Hunting has been a huge and integral part of the lives of ancient Hawaiians. This is where they got their food from. The favored prey in Hunting in Maui has been the pigs. There are two breeds of wild pig here. There’s the smaller and tamer one, which was brought over by the ancient Polynesian settlers around 400 AD. The larger and more destructive breed was introduced by Captain Cook when he arrived in 1778. Since then the species has thrived and multiplied. The pigs and their offspring can produce a huge number of pigs. They can produce up to 15,000 pigs in about 5 years.

Ancient Hawaiians used dogs and knives or spears to hunt wild pigs. It was their way of life. Hunting in Lahaina uses this same method. You will meet with your guide and head on to the Honokohau Valley.  Your guide will be providing you with muck boots, an orange shirt, and a backpack with your lunch, water, headlamp, first aid kit, and rain gear. You will then hike through lush fern country in search of your prey. You will be able to see vistas that not everyone in Maui sees. Not even the locals. You will use the dogs to track them down. When you catch one, you are given the choice to either tag and release them or put them down. The pigs here are not watered, fed or fenced. They are 100% wild. It’s not guaranteed that you will catch one but there is a high chance that you will.

Here is a list of the different options for Hunting in Lahaina.


Jeremy Stice is the Author of the Maui Real Estate Guidebook.

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