|The Road to Heavenly Hāna
|The road to Hāna is a gorgeous, winding
coastal road with breathtaking valleys, lush
rain forests and spectacular waterfalls.
The first stop is the quaint old sugar mill
town of Paia, with its wide variety of ethnic
crafts, art, clothing, jewelry, and antique
shops surrounded by sugar cane and
Just a few minutes east, is the world famous
Ho`okipa Beach Park. This breath-taking
white sand beach boasts perfect wind-surfing
conditions and wind surfers from around the
globe travel here to challenge themselves
against the ever-changing waves.
Next, is Twin Falls, which is a must for it is
amazing, a memorable photo opportunity.
You can hike the short distance to the
tropical waterfalls or just refresh yourself
with a sugar cane juice and enjoy the lush
landscape. Back on the road, we pass
through the rural area of Haiku and you may
see banana patches, sugar cane blowing in
the wind, and forests of guava, avocados,
papaya, palm, and Kukui nut trees.
You will be entranced with the historic area
of Huelo as it is adorned with vistas of
bamboo, remarkable cliffs, and exceptional
ocean views that certainly qualify as
Visiting the small community of Keanae
will be like stepping into the past. Located
on an peninsula which is an old lava flow, it
is graced by Keanae Congregational Church,
built in 1860 of lava rocks and coral mortar.
Don’t miss an opportunity to feast on the
best banana bread in the Hawaiian islands
and possibly catch a view of the honu,
Hawaiian sea turtles.
Next, get a “bird’s eye” view at the Keanae
lookout that will take your breath away, with
its panoramic views of the Keanae
peninsula, and its taro fields.
Experience Honokalani Beach, a gorgeous
black sand beach at Waianapanapa State
Park. This magnificent beach is set among
lava cliffs and the sand is actually small,
smooth, lava pebbles. A small sea arch, sea
caves, and seaside lava tubes are located
right on the beach. An ancient Hawaiian
footpath leads to the beach area which
appears like a vivid dream, with bright green
jungle foliage on three sides and cobalt blue
water lapping at its feet. Spectacular!
Quaint Hāna Town! Hasegawa General Store,
established in 1910, is Hana's oldest family
owned business and a famous Hana
landmark. Hamoa Beach is a long strand of
soft grey sand tucked between lava rock
outcroppings, in the shape of a half moon. It
is rimmed by boulders of lava and guarded
by tall volcanic needles.
At Koki Beach overlook, you will see a red
hill (which is actually an eroding cinder cone)
known as Ka Iwi o Pele, meaning "the bones
of Pele". At the base of the cone is the only
red sand beach in all of Hawaii. From this
vantage point, you can also get an excellent
view directly offshore of `Alau Island, a
seabird sanctuary with a 150-foot summit,
topped by swaying coconut palms.
O`heo Gulch is also known as “The Seven
Sacred Pools”. They are not particularly
sacred and do not number seven, but they
are a series of picturesque waterfalls and
tranquil pools which flow through the O'heo
Gulch into the ocean. The Pipiwai Stream
feeds these falls and the numerous pools
starting two miles inland.
Visit Charles A. Lindbergh's grave. The
famed aviator lived his last days on this lush
Hana coast. Today, he lies at rest on the
serene grounds of the Palapala Ho'omau
Church in lovely Kipahulu. The adjacent
limestone coral church was built in 1857.
Driving through the Kaupo district, with its
rugged coastline, desert-like landscape, and
unpaved roads you will think you are in the
latest Indiana Jones adventure!
Lastly, stop at Maui's only winery, Tedeschi
Vineyards, to learn about the different wines
and indulge in some of their unique wine
flavors in the tasting room. While here, cross
the street to visit and shop at the Ulupalakua
Ranch Store to explore the old days of the
Paniolo (Hawaiian Cowboy).
Let Mahalo Tours and Transportation show
you the beauty of our island, the wealth of
our culture, and the warmth of our Aloha.
Let the journey begin!