Maui Mile Marker 38 – “Acid War Zone”

Sometimes the unplanned and spontaneous proves to be the best.

I just returned from Maui and the highlight of the trip was the unplanned. On the north shore of Maui, on the Plantation Golf Course at Kapalua, is a great restaurant, the Plantation House Restaurant. My husband and I went there for breakfast one morning. The day was a perfect Hawaii day.

Afterwards, we decided to take a drive further north up the coast. We had not researched this in advance. We parked at about mile marker 38 and started hiking in the direction of the Nakalele Blowhole (my husband had heard about the blowhole).

There is a light beacon high up on a cliff and the area between the beacon and the blowhole is called the “Acid War Zone” (I read this name came from area hikers who say the view looks like what a bad acid trip feels like). I wouldn’t know.

We found ourselves on this trail completely by accident. As my husband peered over a cliff, he saw a ladder precariously leaning against the lower wall of the cliff and attached with rope. It looked safe enough. He went down. And down.

The Ladder

"Going Down", Next Stop - Ocean Floor

It was so beautiful down there, I had to go too! A local, a zipline instructor, later told us of an area called “Chutes and Ladders”. Not sure if this was it, but it was definitely the right area.

Fortunately, it was not too windy that day and we continued our climb all the way down the cliffs into the water. Check out these little guys that I saw there on the rocks.

"On the Rocks"

Boulders here have had countless years of salt water spray, wind and weather erroding them, marking them, shaping them and many seemed to be purposely placed or even sculpted into works of art or recognizable figures.

Stacked

Crocodile Rocks

Sitting Man with Sombrero

And this is my favorite:

Turtle Face

In matters of style, swim with the current;

In matters of principle, stand like a rock.

~thomas jefferson

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