West Maui

West Maui


  • Honokowai Section: 750 (4-4-7-4)
  • Kahakuloa Section: 3,275 (3-1-6-1)
  • Panaewa Section: 1,717 (4-6-25-2)
  • Lihau Section: 960 (4-8-1-2)

Established: 3/7/86

West Maui Forest Reserve is located i nthe districts of Lahainna and Wailuku. The reserve was first designated on August 21, 1908, by Governorʻs Proclamation, and currently consists of approximatley 11,416 acres. West Maui Forest Reserve currently consists of twelve separate sections of Mauna Kahalwai.

Honokowai Section: One of four sections that make up the West Maui Natural Area Reserve, the Honokowai Section is on the wet upper northern slopes of the West Maui Mountains. The native communities include two kinds of rare bogs, as well as wet forests, shrublands, and a montane lake. This section has watershed value and includes many rare plants.

Kahakuloa Section: The Kahakuloa Section lies on wet, windward slopes of the West Maui Mountains. The plateau of Eke Crater is still undsiturbed by feral ungulates. This section includes the upper reaches of two perennial streams, and includes a rare montane bog surrounded by ‘ohi‘a wet forests. This section also has watershed value and includes many rare plants.

Panaewa Section: Panaewa includes a rare montane bog, as well as representative ‘ohi‘a forests and shrublands. This section also includes rare plants.

Lihau Section: The driest of the four sections of the West Maui Natural Area Reserve, Lihau is a steep-sloped volcanic remnant that extends from dry leeward lowlands to a wet summit with cliffs on all sides. The 1988 survey indicated that the summit of Lihau remains ungulate-free. A rare grassland and shrubland occur near the lower boundaries of the Reserve, and many rare plants are known from Lihau, including the federally endangered plant Gouania hillebrandii.

Natural Communities: 11 total, 2 rare
Native Plants: 315 total taxa, 81 rare


Birdwatching, hikining, hunting

Plants & Anmials

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ʻOhelo (Vaccinium calycinum)

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ʻUki (Machaerina angustifolia)

ʻŌhiʻa lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha)

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ʻAʻaliʻi (Dodonaea viscosa)

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Amaʻu (Sadleria pallida)

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Kokiʻo ʻulaʻula (Hibiscus kokio subsp. kokio)

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Māmaki (Pipturus albidus)

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Uluhe (Dicranopteis linearis)

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Maʻo hau hele (Hibiscus brackenridgei)




Gouania hillebrandii


Gouania vitifolia


Kio‘ele (Hedyotis coriacea)


Hesperomannia arborescens


Ma’o hau hele (Hibiscus brackenridgei)


Platanthera holochila


Remya mauiensis


Sanicula purpurea


Sandalwood, ‘Iliahi (Santalum freycinetianum var. lanaiense)


Ohai (Sesbania tomentosa)


Spermolepis hawaiiensis


Tetramolopium remyi


*Images provided by the Hawaiian Native Plant website through the Department of Botany, University of Hawai‘i.

West Maui Gouania hillebrandii

Gouania hillebrandii (No Common Name)

West Maui Gouania vitifolia

Gouania vitifolia

West Maui Hesperomannia arborescens

Hesperomannia arborescens

West Maui Hibiscus brackenridgei

Ma’o hau hele (Hibiscus brackenridgei)

West Maui Platanthera holochila

Platanthera holochila (No common name)

West Maui Remya mauiensis

Remya mauiensis (No Common Name)

West Maui Santalum freycinetianum var. lanaiense

Sandalwood, ‘Iliahi (Santalum freycinetianum var. lanaiense)

West Maui Sesbania tomentosa

Ohai (Sesbania tomentosa)

West Maui Spermolepis hawaiiensis

Spermolepis hawaiiensis (No common name)

West Maui Tetramolopium remyi

Tetramolopium remyi (No common name)

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