Aloha Maui Nui Forest Users!

Maui Nui’s trails and many of its natural areas are managed by the Maui Branch of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DLNR DOFAW) on behalf of the public. This website is a companion to the statewide Forestry & Wildlife website that provides information specifically for forest users on Maui, Molokaʻi, and Lānaʻi. Please use the links below to find information on Maui Nui recreation opportunities and the places, species, and issues with which we work. E mālama kākou i ka ‘āina.

Explore Outdoors

While some of the areas that Forestry & Wildlife manages on Maui Nui are restricted access in order to protect our at-risk species & ecosystems, many of the lands we manage can be experienced in person through hiking, riding on equestrian or off-highway vehicle trails, camping, or other uses. Depending on the area and the activities you plan to engage in, you may need a permit. If you’d like to find resources near you, use our web map at the bottom of this page.

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Engage with Us

When interacting with lands and species managed by the Division of Forestry and Wildlife, you’ll need to follow our administrative rules, and you may need a permit depending on where you’re going and the activities you plan to engage in. You can contact us for more information, and we also encourage residents and visitors to provide feedback and participate in the process of management. You can attend or read documents from the public meetings of boards, committees, commissions, and councils managed by Forestry & Wildlife staff, and you can also comment on proposed policies.

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Learn About Our Work on Maui, Molokaʻi, and Lānaʻi

We are fortunate to be entrusted with the management of some of the world’s most fascinating, unique species, and to work in and manage areas that are truly special. The links below provide educational information about some of the species and places with which we work. You can find more ways to learn on our Education pages.

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Find Reserves and Trails Near You

Use the web map below to find reserves, trails, and campsites in areas that interest you. Click on any feature in the map and if we have more information about that feature, you’ll see a link to that information on our websites. For convenience, the map below shows Forestry & Wildlife resources alongside State Parks and other public areas that aren’t managed by DOFAW, but may be of interest to you. As always, if you find an area you’re interested in exploring, check whether it is open for access and whether you need a permit for the activities you have in mind. If the embedded map below doesn’t display correctly, try opening it fullscreen.

Recent Announcements

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Access restored to Kula FR

Access Restored to Kula Forest Reserve and Polipoli State Recreation Area

Kula Forest Reserve and access to Polipoli State Recreation Area is now restored. As of April 3, 2023, exceptions include the Waiakoa Loop Trail and #5 access road. Please call the Maui Branch Office of… Read More »

Kīpahulu Forest Reserve


INPUT SOUGHT FOR MANAGEMENT OF KĪPAHULU FOREST RESERVE ON MAUI Online platform streamlines community participation (KAUPŌ, MAUI) –Management efforts on the southeast slopes of Haleakalā aim to gradually restore the native forest ecosystem of Maui’s… Read More »

Access to Polipoli State Recreation Area and Kula Forest Reserve remains closed until April 3rd , 2023

Road repair work being done by contractors should be completed by April 3rd, 2023.  Kula Forest Reserve and access to Polipoli State Recreation Area were closed after historic storms in December 2021 washed out multiple… Read More »

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Input sought for draft Kamehamenui management plan

Two upcoming meetings (one in-person and one virtual) provide opportunities for public input on how to manage this area.