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In 1980, Hike Maui founder Ken Schmitt put on a backpack and abandoned his city life to live off the land in an East Maui jungle. For the next three years, he studied birds, plants, insects, the ocean, and the geology of this incredible island. After his educational stint in the jungle, Ken worked briefly as a crew member on a catamaran, where he encountered numerous visitors who wanted to see the “real Maui” but didn’t know how to go about doing that.

In 1983, Ken started Hike Maui, the first land-tour company in the State of Hawaii. For the first decade, he was the company’s sole employee, and became renowned for his encyclopedic knowledge of Hawaiian history, culture, botany, and ethnobiology. Over the ensuing years, Ken hired like-minded individuals to perpetuate his vision, and his once one-man show grew exponentially.

Although Ken retired in 2012, Hike Maui’s current owners are carrying on his legacy of providing guests with an enlightening experience. Along with imparting tons of interesting information about Maui and Hawaii, Hike Maui’s highly trained guides deliver plenty of fun and adventure, too. We regularly hear from our guests the time spent with Hike Maui was the best day of their entire vacation!

We take the worry out of your adventure so you can fully enjoy your Hike Maui experience. While having a fun day in the rainforest, jumping into waterfall pools, driving the Hana Highway, or exploring Haleakala Crater, our guides are very conscious of all safety-related needs. Our Hike Maui staff members are trained to provide you with a safe and enjoyable day, and they are equipped to handle any situation that may arise. Guide certifications include advanced CPR and First Aid Training, and a permit for hiking in the National Park.


Behind all our exceptional guides and tours is an incredible office staff that orchestrates flawless trips 365 days a year. Our team manages hundreds of reservations and guests from all around the world on a weekly basis, and is here to assist you in choosing the best adventure for your particular wishes and prepare you for your day with us. Additional team members set you up with your gear and meals, and maintain our tour vans to the highest level. With 40 years of providing award-winning eco-tours on Maui, it’s our mission to ensure you have fond memories of your day with us, and go home having experienced the true Aloha of Maui.


All of us at Hike Maui take great pride in providing fun and informative guided tours, as well as superior customer service. One-of-a-kind Maui excursions are our specialty, whether it be hikes to dazzling waterfalls or magnificent Haleakala Crater, or our popular Kayak, Snorkel & Waterfall Hike Combo. It’s our mission to help you make lasting memories of your time with us. We invite you to see what our satisfied guests have to say, and we look forward to having you join us for one or more of our top-rated hikes during your visit to Maui!