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Hana Practicalities

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A January 2003 trip to Hana by lcampbell

Gecko Photo, Hana, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: A guide to the more practical aspects of Hana, Maui – where to stay, where to eat, services available, and a brief history.

Hana Practicalities

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Overview

Gecko Photo, Hana, Hawaii
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Having spent three months living and working in Hana, Maui, I can reliably say that it is a very special place. There are many small and secluded beaches of red, black, and golden sands. There are ancient ruins and cultural sites. And there are botanical gardens, hiking trails, kayaking, waterfalls, and other outdoor activities. All of these activities are highlighted in my two Hana journals "Heavenly Hana" and "Where to Get Wet in Hana." Check them out! Hana is different than the rest of overdeveloped Maui. It is small and peaceful. The pace is slow. But if you want a relaxing and beautiful environment, and have patience for the way things are done here, it is a rich and diverse place t...Read More

Hale O Pulelehua

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Hale O Pulelehua Photo, Hana, Hawaii
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Due to some immense paperwork and procedural glitches on the part of the US Government, the plan to house my crew in two yurts (30 foot round giant tents, which we were to construct before moving in) was delayed. Instead, the boss had to fork out a bunch of money for us to live in a vacation rental. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining! It was a great place to live. (I just get frustrated by the way our government functions!) Fortunately, the boss got a good discount, the local family made some money, we all became friends, and we helped out on the property. We stayed at the lovely Hale O Pulelehau, on the outskirts of Hana. The location was wonderful, out of reach of the tourist bustle ...Read More

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Hale O Pulelehua
PO Box 214
Hana, Hawaii

Hana Dining

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Restaurant | "Dining in Hana"

Hana Dining Photo, Hana, Hawaii
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Dining options are definitely limited in Hana. If you are just coming for the day, you will be able to find something to fill your belly, but it may not be the yummiest food you’ve ever had. I will try to give you the better options for the buck that I’ve found during my three-month stay. But FOR SURE if you are staying a while in Hana, try to stay somewhere that has kitchen facilities and then stock up on groceries in Kahului before driving to Hana. There are two small grocery stores in Hana, but both have a limited selection and much higher prices than on the other side of the island. Hotel Hana-Maui: The Hotel Hana-Maui is supposed to have very good food, but I have not tried it because ...Read More

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Hana Highway

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Hana Highway Photo, Hana, Hawaii
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The Road to Hana is a famous one. Full of twists and turns – over 600 curves in all – and 54 one-lane bridges, the Hana Highway was once an activity only for the intrepid driver. More and more, visitors to Maui are looking to escape the tourist mania of West Maui and think that driving this crazy road is a good way to do it. The outcome, of course, is dangerous driving conditions, crowded roadside stops, and a slew of cassettes and CD guides to the Hana Highway. This said, the coast that the road follows is a beautiful one. Although I don’t think it is any more or less impressive than other coastal drives. Many say that a trip to Hana is more about the journey than the destination, but I ...Read More

Hana Practicalities

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Hasegawa General Store Photo, Hana, Hawaii
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There are definitely some practical things you should know about when visiting Hana, especially if you are coming on an extended visit. The first is that dining options are very limited. Actually, I’d say the situation is just barely a step above non-existent. So, if you plan to stay in Hana for a while, make sure to get a room or vacation rental that has kitchen facilities so you can cook your own meals. It is less expensive to get groceries in Kahului before coming to Hana, but there are two small grocery/general stores in Hana: Hana Ranch Store and Hasegawa’s General Store (featured in the Disney movie Lilo and Stitch). Both stores have a fairly decent selection and similar ...Read More

History of Hana

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Cattle ranching Photo, Hana, Hawaii
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The history of Hana is long and complex, and I can only give a very basic starting outline. History buffs can likely find plenty of books that include Hana history, and the lovely volunteers at the Hana Cultural Center can be very helpful. Better yet, talk to the local people! I feel that just being in Hana and seeing it firsthand has really given me a sense of what the people and land have been through together over the years. History is about people, and the Hana people are connected with their land, dedicated to their families, and are a joy to get to know. Physical remants of the past are also evident everywhere. According to my Lonely Planet guidebook, Hana was the "seat of power" for ...Read More