Olowalu is a quaint, very small community on the southwest side of Maui, about halfway between the commercial center of Kahului and the historically palatial retreat and tourist area of Lahaina. Olowalu has a rich history. Around 1790, there was a massacre there, today referred to by historians as Hawaii’s Wounded Knee. You can read about this rather significant historical event here.
The shoreline of Olowalu is home to a ‘mother reef.’ What that means is that the corals here at Olowalu release a type of spawn, which then floats on currents to the outlying islands and settles on distant reefs. The end result is new coral growth on dozens of different reefs. And, of course, the shipment of sugar from the local plantations requires a pier, the remnants of which remain today.
Olowalu also has a private campground, a small store, a restaurant and a food truck that sells fresh squeezed sugar cane juice. The snorkeling and diving here may be some of the best on Maui.
You can read more about the historical, cultural and environmental significance of Olowalu here.
Enjoy some sights of Olowalu through the lens of a flying video camera…..