One of the wettest places in Hawaii is the Puu Kukui Watershed in Maui. The Puu Kukui Watershed is located in the highest peak of the West Maui Mountains. Its name means “Hill of Enlightenment”. The Puu Kukui Watershed is managed and cared for by the Maui Land and Pineapple Company. The Puu Kukui Watershed is an important part of Maui. This 8,304-acre nature preserve is the biggest in the entire state of Hawaii. Most of West Maui gets its fresh water from here. This alone makes it an indispensable part of the island of Maui. Besides supplying water to the island, it is also the location of a number of endemic species of flora and fauna. The watershed also prevents soil erosion and damage to the reefs of West Maui.

The Puu Kukui Watershed is an excellent place for a vigorous hike. Because of the number of endemic species that you can find here, it is an experience unique to Maui only. There is a walkway through the preserve that you can use or you can check out the various trails here. You will be able to see waterfalls flowing down sheer cliffs and lush rainforests. There are things that guests should keep in mind when hiking in the Puu Kukui Watershed. You should always wear the appropriate gear. These include hiking boots, comfortable clothes, and swimsuits underneath the clothes. If you are planning to go on the hikes by themselves, they should bring necessary gear. Things like first aid kits, towels, water, and snacks are important. Guests should also take note of any advisory. Flash floods can occur without any notice. Always exercise caution.

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

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