Makaluapuna Point in Maui: Discover Hawaii's Dragon's Teeth & Kapalua Labyrinth by Fiona Whiley
You will find the Dragon’s Teeth – also called Makaluapuna Point – on the northwest coast of Maui, just past Kapalua. The Dragon’s Teeth are jagged formations that look like a row of large teeth (hence the nickname) on the side of an old lava flow stretching into the sea, shaped by the forces of nature in the form of the lower jaw of a dragon.
We walked down along the side of a golf course, and carefully avoided the ancient Hawaiian burial ground, to pick our way down and out along the lava flow point, walking in the jaw of the dragon. It was fairly windy out there and easy to see how the lava could have been shaped by the wind and sea into the tooth-like points.
There is a small car park at the end of Lower Honoapiilani Road, where you will find the start of the dragon tooth trail. A little further out onto the flow you will find the Kapalua Labyrinth, which is a small circular pattern on the ground. While you are there, you can also visit D.T. Fleming Beach or Oneloa Bay, which are on either side of the Dragon’s Teeth.
Photo: The Dragon's Teeth in Maui (Fiona Whiley)
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