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We have stacks of articles from nearly three decades of press. These depicted are a fun and eclectic sampling. See below for a list of all newspapers and magazines that have featured Hike Maui.
Travel + Leisure
Back at the Hike Maui van, as we peeled off our strange shoes, one man said, “This has been a great day. In fact, it has been the best day of my entire life.” Guiltily, we all thought of weddings and births of children, but we agreed.
What really sets the outfitter apart, though, is its hike leaders. Versed in the area's natural history and lore, they provide a narrative for each adventure that makes the landscape come to life.
A Perfect Day in Hawai'i: Trek with Ken Schmitt and his Hike Maui outfit. Walk deep into the Kipahulu section of Haleakala National Park, swim upstream, tiptoe above one waterfall and lunge into the icy pool of another.
National Geographic Traveler
“Hawaii,” (our guide) explained, “has the greatest endemism on earth--species that are found only here: almost 850 species of flowering plants, 60 surviving species of birds.”
Conde Nast Traveller
The Hike Maui staff are knowledgeable about flora, fauna, geology and local history. Just as important, they have the restraint to forgo the guilt-inducing clucking that’s a hallmark of ecotourism. They also pack a mean lunch.
All its guides seem to be encyclopedias in hiking boots, as familiar with the geography, legends, history, botany and archaeology of Maui as they are with the trails. By the end of the day I felt as if I had finally gotten to know Maui.
Our naturalist and guide John (Kahi) overflowed with stories of Hawaiian culture and explanations of how the plants surrounding us could be used for food or traditional medicine.
The satisfaction of having slightly flirted with danger and closely mingled with Hawaii’s greatest attraction--its natural theater--left us happy and winded.
Saturday Evening Post
Guide Lono crams more information on botany, sociology, geography, and anthropology into a few hours than you could ever hope to remember. And when he’s done, he still leaves you wanting more.
Hike Maui began in the 1980’s by Ken Schmitt, as a way to share his knowledge of Maui’s natural history, mythology and legend on hikes into the back country. Now, he has a whole team of thoroughly informed leaders.
For those looking to experience more of the natural beauty of Hawaii, Hike Maui offers great opportunities for ecotourism. The hike was especially fun for those willing to jump in the falls and get wet.
Fairfield County Home
With a knowledgeable guide leading the way, you’ll have all sorts of memorable experiences such as taking a shower in a waterfall, climbing the roots of a banyan tree and snacking on guava fruit you pick yourself.
How about starting things off with a honeymoon hike? Ken Schmitt, a naturalist and Maui buff, turns walking into a luxury adventure.
Aloha Airline Magazine
(Our guide) is a virtual walking database of Hawaiian anthropology and natural history
Honolulu Star Bulletin
Hike Maui was born in 1983. Since then, it has earned numerous accolades as the oldest, most experienced hiking company in the state. "We are the wilderness experts," Schmitt says.
The Vancouver Sun
While most tourists come to Maui to worship the sun on its white sand beaches, locals consider the mountains and rainforests to be their most sacred places. For them, the true magic of the island is found in the wilderness near waterfalls, rainforests and volcanoes.
"I think of our valleys as museums," said our guide Nicholas Batres from Hike Maui. "There's so much to see and talk about when you're hiking in Maui and it's nice to have someone to show you around when you are hiking a trail for the first time."
About.com Traveler Choice Awards
Hike Maui is voted Favorite Maui Activity Company for 2013. They garnered the highest number of votes of any of our seven categorie. The winner of this category earned the most votes in any category.
Hawaii Eco-Tourism Association
The Hawai‘i Ecotourism Association has chosen Hike Maui as Hawaii's top ecotour company for the year of 2010. Hike Maui is very strong when it comes to cultural interpretation and instruction.
Many more articles have been written about us than those shown above. In fact, we have a four-inch stack of newspaper and magazine articles written about Hike Maui from the following media: