Can you see him? He is laying on his back facing the sky. The little bump on the right is his chin, with little trees as his beard scruff. If you look toward the left the next hump is his nose, then follow that down to his eyes and eyebrow and then his big warrior helmet. It is a special thing to be able to see the sleeping warrior. He is located in the West Maui Mountains, which are usually shrouded in clouds. Legend has it that the sleeping warrior will wake up if the island needs to be protected from bad weather. He will stand up and blow away any tsunami or hurricane, so the Hawaiian people can rest easy knowing they are safe.
The West Maui Mountains are one of the wettest places on earth, with an average rainfall of about 400 inches of rain per year. This special region of Maui is almost 6,000 feet at the highest point. These mountains are the remains of a volcano that last erupted 500,000 years ago. Since that time it has been eroded by rainfall and weathered into vast craters, waterfalls and soggy marshes. This area has been forbidden to the people for centuries and only royalty were allowed to venture in. More recently the Pu’u Kukui Preserve was established and managed by the Maui Land and Pineapple Company to protect this area. It is the largest nature preserve in Hawaii at 8,661 acres.
We are so lucky at Maui Zipline to have such a beautiful view of this sacred place, we even feature it on our logo. The Maui Tropical Plantation is positioned perfectly for any guest to see this amazing feature of Maui. Come zip with us and ask your guide about “The Sleeping Warrior.”