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How to Visit the Dragon’s Teeth Maui and the Kapalua Labyrinth on Stunning Makaluapuna Point

*** Due to the recent fires on Maui, we strongly recommend that you reschedule travel to the area to give the island time to recover. The northerwest coast was the most impacted.

Makaluapuna Point is a stunning rock point in Kapalua, Maui. This short 0.6 mile round trip hike takes you to two interesting sites in addition to offering sweeping views of the lava strewn coastline: the Kapalua Labyrinth and the Dragon’s Teeth, Maui. This is a lovely and mostly easy hike.

This article will describe how to visit the Dragon’s Teeth Maui and the Kapalua Labyrinth on Stunning Makaluapuna Point including what to expect, how to get there and suggestions for other things to do in the area.

Please note that these sites are located near both public land and a sacred burial area.  It is imperative that you follow all marked signs and be respectful of the sites.  The burial ground is demarcated by a hedge, and may contain 2,000 or more graves. In addition, the area is known for large waves, so use caution near the shoreline.
Kapalua Labyrinth Maui
Kapalua Labyrinth Maui

Overview of the Hike to Makaluapuna Point Maui

Distance: 0.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 65 feet
Difficult: Easy

Start the hike to Makaluapuna Point from the Dragon’s Teeth Parking lot (see the exact location below). From here look down to the coast and you will see the point and the golf course to your left. The trail descends straight downhill from here. In general the trail is easy walking until you get to the lava rock at the point itself.

As you walk downhill, you will pass a hedge and fence on your right with signs marking the burial ground. Be respectful of this area and do not enter.

The trail ends at Makaluapuna Point Maui and the trail turns from dirt to lava rock. The Dragon’s Teeth are directly to the right when you get to the point and the Kapalua Labyrinth is directly in front of you. Take a few minutes to admire the Dragon’s Teeth, walk the Kapalua Labyrinth, and take in the views before retracing your steps back up to the parking lot.

You should plan to spend between 30-60 minutes on this site.

The view from the parking lot and trail down to the Dragon’s Teeth Maui and the Kapalua Labyrinth on Makaluapuna Point
The Dragon’s Teeth Maui

Kapalua Labyrinth History

The Kapalua Labyrinth is a circular maze and was created in the early 2000’s and it was designed to provide a place for people to walk in meditation, contemplation, and prayer. The Kapalua Labyrinth is a modern adaptation of the ancient labyrinth tradition and has become a popular destination for tourists and locals alike seeking a peaceful and spiritual experience.

You will also see the labyrinth called the Maui Labyrinth and the Dragon’s Teeth Labyrinth.

Kapalua Labyrinth History
Kapalua Labyrinth History

Overview of the Dragon’s Teeth Maui

The Dragon’s Teeth in Maui are an interesting geological formation in Kapalua in the northwest part of the island. The jagged rocks resemble the teeth of a dragon right along the end of the ocean. These rocks were formed by lava flows from the nearby West Maui volcano, which occurred around 500,000 years ago. As the lava flowed towards the ocean, it cooled and solidified, creating this unusual rock formation.

The exact shape of the rocks was created by the wind and ocean waves eroding the softer layers of the rock, and leaving behind the harder, jagged teeth-like structures. The Dragon’s Teeth Maui are now a popular destination for tourists and locals, offering stunning views of the ocean and neighboring islands.

Dragons Teeth Maui
Dragons Teeth Maui

Map of the Hike

Maui Labyrinth and Dragon’s Teeth Hike

Things to Know About this Hike

Where is the Maui Labyrinth and Dragon’s Teeth Hike?

To get to Makaluapuna Point and the Maui Labyrinth and Dragon’s Teeth Hike, drive towards the Kapalua Resort area, which is located on the northwest coast of the island. Follow Office Road until it dead-ends at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua Hotel. Park your car in the lot on the right. You’ll find a trailhead that leads to the Dragon’s Teeth from there.

The parking lot is listed accurately on google maps.

Where to Park

The parking lot is small and some people also park here to hike the Kapalua Coastal Trail. There are no facilities or bathrooms in the parking lot.

When is the Best Time to Visit Makaluapuna Point

You can visit Makaluapuna any time during the year, but the best time to visit the Maui Labyrinth and Dragon’s Teeth Maui is first thing in the morning or late in the day for sunset.

What to Wear and Bring on the Hike

Since the Kapalua Labyrinth and Dragon’s Teeth hike is relatively short, you can wear anything for the short walk. I strongly recommend shoes or hiking boots – specifically for the end of the hike when you are walking on lava rocks that are sharp.

Other Things to do in Kapalua

Kapalua and Northwestern Maui has a rugged coastline and many excellent beaches, views and hikes. You can explore this region on a 1 day scenic drive, or visit some of these places on your own.

Common Questions about the Dragon’s Teeth Maui and the Kapalua Labyrinth on Makaluapuna Point

What caused dragons teeth in Hawaii?

The Dragon’s Teeth in Maui were formed when hot lava flowed towards the cold ocean. The lava here hardened and over time, erosion from wind and rain created the unique shape of the dragon’s teeth.

How old is the Kapalua labyrinth?

The labyrinth was created in the early 2000’s.

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