Rio de Janeiro has Christ the Redeemer, India has the Taj Mahal, and Maui has the Cross. Each structure is majestic and unique, providing people something beautiful to admire. Nestled in the greenery of the West Maui Mountains (Mauna Kahalawai) is a big, white cross. Originally placed there in the late 1950s by St. Anthony students, the cross is a Maui treasure. Most people marvel at it from a distance, but there are those who have made the journey to see it up close. If you have not worked out for a couple months, this may not be the best way to jump back on the fitness bandwagon. This hike is straight up, with no flat areas until you reach the final destination. Once at the top, you will feel like Rocky Balboa! If you are religious or not, the sight of this big, white cross is spiritual. The lovely view, the silence and the satisfaction of making it to the top is amazing. Whether you hike the cross today or 10 years from now, do it! Take advantage of the beauty on this island and do something different.
• Starting point is near the fork to ‘Iao Valley and Wailuku Heights.
• Park near the water tank and walk toward the hill. You will see the trail on the right.
• Average hiking time is 30 minutes one-way.
• Be careful of the pine needles. Buggas is slippery!
• Take a friend.
• Hike responsibly. Be aware of your surroundings. We don’t want Maui Fire Department to come rescue you!
• Have fun!