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Heavenly Hana (Maui)

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A January 2003 trip to Hana by lcampbell

Hula dancers Photo, Hana, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: In Hana, the overdevelopment and crowds of West Maui are left behind, and peace and serenity overcome. Small and quaint, Hana will charm you. Beaches of black, red, and golden sand dot the scenic coast, while botanic gardens, hiking trails, and waterfalls abound inland. Hana really is heavenly!

Heavenly Hana (Maui)

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Hula dancers Photo, Hana, Hawaii
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The highlight of Hana for me was the fact that I got to live there for three months! Because I worked there as well, I got to know a few of the local people. We bonded over our 8 hours per day of suffering. The people I met are by far the favorite and most memorable part of my visit. Most people come to Hana as part of a day trip, a road trip on the famous Hana highway. They drive for many hours, making many stops along the way, then take a quick look around Hana before either heading back to West Maui or onward to Kipahulu. The ONLY way to truly experience Hana is to spend the night. Better yet, many nights. As the day-trippers leave, calm and peace dominate. Quiet solitude fills the ai...Read More

Ka'eleku Caverns

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Ka'eleku Caverns Photo, Hana, Hawaii
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After passing Ka’eleku Cave a number of times while jogging on Ula’ino Road, I decided to pay a visit. The owner of the cave, Chuck, gives two different tours – a one hour scenic tour (11:00am Monday-Saturday, $29) and a 2.5 hour adventure tour (1pm Monday-Saturday, $69). My friend who was visiting from the mainland wasn’t feeling very adventurous (I think caves creep her out) so we decided to try the short tour. I have seen a number of lava tubes in other places, so I was surprised when I actually learned a few things. Plus, Chuck was so enthusiastic it was hard not to get excited about what he was showing us. Chuck said that the lava in his cave (he ow...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2003

Ka'eleku Caverns
Po Box 40/ula'ino Road
Hana, Hawaii 96713
(808)248-7308

Kahanu Gardens and Pi’ilanihale Heiau

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Kahanu Gardens and Pi’ilanihale Heiau Photo, Hana, Hawaii
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I visited a few botanical gardens in Hawaii, but Kahanu Garden was by far my favorite. These 464 acres have been the home of native Hawaiians for 800 years, and is now administered and protected as a National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG). NTBG is a privately funded non-profit organization the administers and protects gardens of extraordinary beauty and historical significance. Profits are used for conservation, research, and public education. There are only five such gardens in the United States, four of them in Hawaii. For more information, see theirwebsite. Kahanu Garden is beautiful, nicely maintained, organized well, and located on scenic Honomaele Bay. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 10, 2003

Kahanu Gardens and Pi’ilanihale Heiau
PO Box 95 / Ula'ino Road
Hana, Hawaii

King's Highway Coastal Trail

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King's Highway Coastal Trail Photo, Hana, Hawaii
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Given my passion for hiking, it didn’t take long for me to search out one of the only trails in the Hana area. This trail runs in two directions starting from Waianapanapa State Park (a couple miles northwest of Hana on the Hana Highway). It is rich with history, and is astoundingly beautiful, and I consider it a "must see" in Hana. The King’s Highway Coastal Trail, or Pi’ilani trail, is part of an ancient trail that encircled the island of Maui, connecting villages and heiaus (sacred spots). The trail was commissioned by King Pi’ilani, a 14th century chief of East Maui/Hana district who conquered the rest of the territories on Maui and united Maui under his rule. Only one other section of...Read More

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King's Highway Coastal Trail
Waianapanapa State Park
Hana, Hawaii

Hana Cultural Center

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Hana Cultural Center Photo, Hana, Hawaii
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Hana is fortunate to have it’s own Cultural Center, financed by donations and by the small gift shop inside. The suggested donation to visit the Center is $3 per person, or there is also a $10 annual membership which also entitles the member to a 10 percent discount at the gift shop. The Hana Cultural Center (HCC) is located near Hana Bay Beach Park. The main building of the HCC contains various displays related to the history of Hana. There is one area dedicated to the history of quilting in Hawaii. It seems quilting was brought by missionaries and taught to the Hawaiian women, who logically thought is was silly to waste cloth by cutting it ap...Read More

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Hana Cultural Center
Uakea Road
Hana, Hawaii 96713
(808) 248-8622

Kipahulu - Pipiwai Trail

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Kipahulu - Pipiwai Trail Photo, Hana, Hawaii
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The southeast section of Haleakala National Park is called Kipahulu. Kipahulu is reached by driving south out of Hana on Highway 31 for 10 winding miles (approximately 45 minutes) to the Kipahulu Ranger Station. Leave early to avoid traffic. There are two trails that leave from the Kipahulu Ranger Station. The shorter hike, which is on the ocean side of the road, is the Kuloa Point Trail. The trail itself only takes 20 minutes to walk, but prepare to spend some time in your swimming suit! Deep freshwater pools with splashing waterfalls and an ocean view make for the ideal Hawaii experience. Just be sure to go early to avoid the crowds. ...Read More

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Kipahulu - Pipiwai Trail
Haleakala National Park
Hana, Hawaii

11th Annual East-Maui Taro Festival

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11th Annual East-Maui Taro Festival Photo, Hana, Hawaii
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I felt very fortunate to be in Hana for the 11th Annual East-Maui Taro Festival. I had heard about it way back in January from some local people…. the non-existent social calendar in Hana makes the festival eagerly anticipated. The festival is generally held the last weekend in March, which ended up being my last weekend in Hawaii before returning to the mainland. When the festival finally came, it was unfortunately accompanied by the hugest downpour I had seen in Hana during my three month stay. The rain was so hard and constant that I didn’t even try to venture out for the symposium Friday night to see Taro Geneticist Dr. Jon Cho and Lisa Raymond of...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2003

11th Annual East-Maui Taro Festival
Hana Ballpark
Hana, Hawaii