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Pipiwai Trail, Maui
The hike: While the rest of the world beelines for the arid, volcanic summit of Haleakala, you're on the lush Pipiwai Trail—moseying past giant banyan trees, bamboo forests, and secret waterfalls. The Pipiwai is four miles long (round trip), making it a nice, easy break from Maui's beaches but never too far from a mai tai. Find the trailhead in the coastal Kipahalu section of the Haleakala National Park, about seven miles south of Hana Town.
Peak experience: Cooling off in the natural stream-fed, ocean-side pools, near the beginning or, better yet, end of your hike.
Base camp: An oceanfront cottage at the Hotel Hana-Maui and Honua Spa. One of the last authentic places in Hawaii, this 70-room luxury hotel is as peaceful and relaxing as a walk in the woods (suites from $495). For a sneak peak, view our Hotel Hana-Maui insider video review.
When to go: Winter, when frosty temperatures back home make this tropical outing even more enjoyable.