When I go to Maui, both Haleakala and Pu'u Kukui are on my radar because they're both Ultra-prominences. I read a report on a climb of Pu'u Kukui from the west. The climbers had to get permission from the timber company. I understand that much of the western side of the mountain has now been purchased by the Nature Conservancy, and I was wondering if you have any idea (or know of someone who does) whether this makes the peak more accessible. Also, if you have any information on climbing it, or can point me in the direction of that information, I'd be much obliged. Thanks! -Bob
This is the best information I could find. It appears that the summit area is very fragile and is maintained, in cooperation by the Maui Land and Pineapple Company along with the Nature Conservancy. It appears you'll need some luck to get to the summit (see below). Good luck. It looks like an amazing place.
-- Each year 12 lucky hikers who win the Kapalua Nature Society’s lottery and buy their $500 tickets can enter the otherwise kapu (forbidden) native forest with a guide to see rare native plants and birds. For information, contact the Kapalua Nature Society at (808) 669-0244. To arrange a fly-over, call Sunshine Helicopters at (808) 871-0722 or (800) 469-3000 or visit www.sunshinehelicopters.com