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Haunted Haiku Hike

October 21, 2013 - Leah Sherman

Halloween is just around the corner, and that means pumpkins, costumes, candy and scares. I never realized how many related activities we on Maui. There's fall festivals, pumpkin patches, costume parties, of course Halloween in Lahaina, paintball attacks on zombies (see Monday's Maui News) and a Haunted Haiku Hike.

Say what? Haiku is haunted? Hmmm ... that would explain a lot about my friends from Haiku.

For the second year, Jeremy Safron's Awalau Farm has been transformed into a haunted forest. On Sunday, my friend and I checked out the noon hike. Daytime hikes are geared toward children and families and have very little scare to them. I'm guessing that even the youngest of children (those who are able to walk on their own, at least) would really like it. Total distance is probably 1 mile round trip (I didn't measure it and didn't think to ask either).

For the daytime hike, participants are welcomed to the farm by a wizard and led down the dirt road (it was a bit uneven and steep at points) through an ominous fog to the Mythological Creatures petting zoo, past the unicorns to a cave where the wizard shows off his potions and offers a few magical tricks. From there, it is off to see the dragon before the wizard hands hikers off to a fairy guide for the rest of the trip. The fairy points out the homes of her fellow fairies on the cliff and speaks of her magical powers before the group reaches the creek where the mermaid lives. The mermaid greets hikers from her perch across the water and invites them to cross the bridge and find their way through a maze. At the end of the maze (once you find your way out — and it is not as easy as it looks) is a friendly witch, who hands out treats to children. Once you've reached the witch, you've reached the end of the daytime hike. There is a booth set up there offering cupcakes (by Baked by Amy), other snacks and beverages for sale, as well as two booths nearby with crafts opportunities for children.

It was really an enjoyable afternoon. We were joined on our hike with about 10 children (I'm guessing they were between 3 and 10 years old) along with several parents, and all appeared to have a good time. The kids were excited about the Mythological Creatures (goats) and fascinated by the cave. They had tons of questions for the fairy guide, and one even offered my friend and I tips for finding our way out of the maze.

Awalau Farm's Rain Fingerhut said that the nighttime hike is geared for adults and is much more frightening. The friendly witch at the end of the daytime hike said that the night event takes hikers a bit farther down a stream. A flier for the event says it features ghouls, zombies, creepy critters, wereboars and surprises. The farm is very secluded and night hikers are on their own to navigate the path — I'll bet it is terrifying.

If you're looking for a family-friendly outing (or just scared of the dark), definitely check out the daytime hike. If you want more excitement and like to have the scream scared out of you, I'm positive the nighttime hike is awesome.

Note: I received an email Monday morning from Rain which read: "I'm hearing some things from the crew that your run may have been compromised a little when it comes to the amount of things you got to see, because a few people in our crew were dealing with loose horses at the top of the property. . . . That being said, it's true, every hike run for the Haunted Haiku Hike is different."

I really couldn't tell. It was obvious to me that a lot of thought and work had gone into the hike that I experienced. If something was missing, I didn't notice.

Haunted Haiku Hikes will resume Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 26 and 27) with Mystical Daylight hikes from 12 to 3 p.m. both days and Spooky Moonlight outings from 5 to 8 p.m. (Rain recommended 6:30 p.m. as the best time to go.) The cost is $5 for children; $15 for adults at the gate or $10 in advance online (see link at right). All participants should wear sturdy walking shoes. Nighttime participants are encouraged to bring flashlights.

Awalau Farm is located at 1008 Awalau Road in Haiku. Awalau Road intersects with Kaupakalua Road. Turn at Hanzawa's Store and go to the top of the road, where you will find signs for parking and the entrance.

For more information, call 878-8091 or see the links at right.


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A sign welcomes visitors to Awalau Farm's Haunted Haiku Hike.


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