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“Respecting Polipoli Park: Protecting Maui’s Hidden Gem”

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Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area, nestled in the hills of Upcountry Maui, is a sanctuary of natural beauty and tranquility. A good portion of this area is private land owned by Kaonoulu Ranch who for decades have graciously allowed visitors a chance to connect with nature, enjoy outdoor activities, and experience the serene landscapes of Maui. However, recent concerns about the misuse of the lower open pastures by local residents driving off-road vehicles have prompted a call for greater respect and stewardship of this precious area.

Despite the numerous large and small signs posted all around the pasture asking that vehicles stay on the pavement, there seems to be a growing trend of local residents driving big trucks off the paved roads. This off-road activity not only erodes the landscape but also disrupts wildlife habitats and diminishes the park’s natural beauty. Kaonoulu Ranch has expressed deep concern over these actions, emphasizing the importance of staying on paved roads to preserve Polipoli’s integrity.

Preserving Polipoli Park is crucial for maintaining its ecological balance and ensuring that future generations can enjoy its natural wonders. Off-road driving causes soil erosion, damages plant life, and can lead to long-term environmental degradation. By respecting the Ranch’s guidelines and keeping vehicles on paved roads, we can all help protect this special place.

We urge all visitors and local residents to practice responsible recreation when visiting Polipoli Park by respecting the posted requests of Kaonoulu Ranch and stay on the paved roads.

At Paraglide Maui, we believe in the importance of protecting our natural environment. We encourage our community and visitors to join us in respecting Polipoli Park and other natural areas on the island. By working together, we can ensure that these beautiful places remain pristine and accessible for all to enjoy for generations to come.

Polipoli Park is a treasure that deserves our care and respect. Let’s all do our part to protect it by following the rules and being mindful of our impact. Together, we can preserve the natural beauty of Maui and continue to enjoy the peace and adventure that places like Polipoli have to offer.

Mahalo for helping us protect and cherish Polipoli Park.

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