Makani Olu Ranch Horsebak Ride

Makani Olu Ranch - Horseback riding, horsemanship lessons and trail rides

Makani Olu Ranch Horsebak Ride

Make new friends at Makani Olu Ranch

Makani Olu Ranch Horsebak Ride

Horses are selected for you by height, weight and riding experience

Makani Olu Ranch Horsebak Ride

Small intimate ride ... no herding of tourists here

Makani Olu Ranch Horsebak Ride crossing a stream

Crossing the Waikapu Stream on horseback

Makani Olu Ranch Horsebak Ride

Paniolas (cowboys) love sharing their knowledge of horsemanship

Makani Olu Ranch Horsebak Ride

Makani Olu means Sweet Gentle Breeze

Makani Olu Ranch Horsebak Ride horse training

Horse training with beautiful Waikapu Valley in the background

Makani Olu Ranch Horsebak Ride

Posing with Texas Longhorn cattle

Makani Olu Ranch Horsebak Ride herd of longhorns

The ranch boasts Hawaii's largest herd of longhorns

Makani Olu Ranch Horsebak Ride in Waikapu Valley

Ride up into the wilderness of Waikapu Valley

Makani Olu Ranch Horsebak Ride

Small groups with a personal touch and the aloha spirit

Makani Olu Ranch Horsebak Ride Waikapu Stream

Waikapu Stream flows year round

Makani Olu Ranch Horsebak Ride

Friendly cowboy guides are great with kids!

Makani Olu Ranch Horsebak Ride campfire

Sitting around the campfire after a hard day's work

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Makani Olu Ranch is a family oriented working cattle ranch and equine training facility in Central Maui. Their unique location gives guests the opportunity to ride through diverse agriculture at the Maui Tropical Plantation and then up into scenic Waikapu Valley which offers a unique perspective of Haleakala, the north and south shorelines and views back into the heart of the West Maui Mountains. Waikapu stream flows year round and riders cross the stream twice on their ride.

The thing that sets Makani Olu Ranch apart from many other horseback rides in Hawaii is that the emphasis here is on small groups and providing a personal touch and the aloha spirit.

Plantation Ride with Lunch

This mostly walking-paced ride crosses Waikapu Stream, heads down to the Maui Tropical Plantation and then up to a reservoir located higher up in Waikapu Valley where lunch is served.

Schedule: Total event length is 3 hours and total time in the saddle is between 90 minutes to  2 hours.

Check in: 9:30am

Group Size: Maximum of 6 riders

Plantation Ride – No lunch

Same ride as above but without the lunch stop at the reservoir.

Schedule: Total event length is 2 hours and time in the saddle is between 90 minutes to 2 hours.

Private Ranch Ride

For one or two people … this ride caters to those who have some horseback riding experience but would like to improve their skills. Horsemanship and handling techniques that are easy to understand are demonstrated and explained. The exact route and pace of the ride will be based upon the guest’s level of experience.

Schedule: Total event time is 3 hours with approximately 2.5 hours in the saddle.

Youth Horsemanship Day Camp

Correct horsemanship skills are instilled with riding instruction and classroom work. This is quality horsemanship program covering everything from correctly approaching a horse, horse anatomy, saddling, bridling and exploring the gaits of the horse. This day is fast-paced and loaded with fun and students come away with newfound knowledge and confidence with horses.

Schedule: 9am to 3pm

Group Size: Minimum class size is 2 students.

General Information
Schedule: Rides are offered 7 days a week.

Reservations: Age, height, weight and riding experience for each rider is required.

Cancellation/Weather Policy: If the ride is cancelled due to weather there is no charge. If you cancel for any reason within 24 hours you will be charged 50%.

Check In: 363 West Waiko Road, Wailuku, HI 96793 (near Maui Tropical Plantation) Click to view map

Restrictions:  Maximum rider weight is typically 220 pounds (may be able to extend to 230 for tall individuals; may be lower for very short individuals). Minimum age is 10 and minimum height is 4 feet 11 inches. Any exceptions to these minimums must be approved in advance when reservation is confirmed. All participants must sign a waiver of liability and riders under 18 require the signature of a parent or guardian. No pregnant riders permitted.

Group Size: Group rides are limited to a maximum of 6 guests, and private rides for one or two people are offered.

What to Bring & Wear: Long pants are recommended and close toed shoes are required.


makani olu ranch
Horesmanship lessons and trail rides
Texas Longhorn cattle
Texas Longhorn cattle

CMakani Olu Ranchruise Ship Passengers

NCL cruise ship passengers are able do Makani Olu ranch rides on either the first day or the second day in port in Kahului (yes, this is one ranch that does operate on Sunday). You can take a 10 minute cab ride to the ranch or we can arrange a rental car with shuttle pick-up at the harbor for $39 per day.


This can also work for Lahaina cruise ship passengers but you will need a rental car and the drive time is about an hour. For rental cars with cruise ship shuttle pick-up see our rental car page.

Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

Many people don’t realize that Hawaii has a rich cowboy tradition and that ranching is big in the islands. The Hawaiian language even has a word for cowboy – “Paniolo.” You’ll tap into that history if you do a horseback ride on Maui. Because horseback riding takes place in small groups, reservations should be made well in advance of your arrival … we suggest three weeks as a minimum.

Makani Olu Ranch is a great recommendation because their emphasis is on horsemanship and providing a more exclusive experience for a more exclusive clientele. This is NOT the kind of experience where you sit as a perched passenger on a 1200 pound animal that has a mind of its own and is taught to ignore you and follow the tail of the horse in front of it. There are plenty of places that feature rides like that. If you love horses, this is the best experience for you on Maui.

Mendes Ranch & Lahaina Stables are also great horseback riding options.

Please note maximum weights and minimum ages for riders when making your reservations.