Look into and beyond the Lava rock...
and you will see so many treasures you might otherwise have missed.
When hiking on the Islands many people see what look like fields of lava, they turn and go a different direction. They seem to dismiss this as part of the wonder of Hawaii. Without lava there is no Hawaii.Related to:
- Adventure Travel
- Whale Watching
- Jungle and Rain Forest
Princess' Chair in...
Princess' Chair in Waianapanapa State Park.
Fresh Water cave, you dive in and if the water level is too high you have to swim 'under' to get into the cave...there is an amazing story to the cave as well.
MaKenna and Little Makenna...
MaKenna and Little Makenna Beach.
Both are beautiful. To get to little MaKenna you need to walk to the far right of Makenna beach and climb over the ridge, you will see people climbing. It's an easy climb. Little MaKenna is a nude beach.
This is where we saw a whale breach out of the water, it was amazing. The waters are beautiful here!
About 5 miles outside of Hana, lie the Kahanu Gardens, the site of the largest and best preserved heiau in Hawaii. All that remains of most heiaus is the foundation, so a complete heiau is a rare site, and a definite must see. You can also see the ruins of some other heiaus, along with traditional palapas, native fauna, lava fields, and nice views of the Pacific Ocean.
The main reason we visited these gardens were for the heiaus, but the gardens are also nice.
The garden is only 3 acres, so you can walk it in about 30 minutes.
It's worth a stop if you're visiting the areas around Hana.
You can take a tour, or explore the gardens on your own. Check website below for tour info.Related to:
- Historical Travel
Hana Culture Center
The Hana Cultural Center, celebrates the region's cultural history. The huts and items here are not replica. Everything you see here is original, and was actually used by the ancient Hawaiians.
This is a good place to visit if you want to learn about the life of ancient Hawaiians. All the exhbits have detailed explinations, stating what they were.
I really enjoyed this museum.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
There is a $3 fee to visit the museum.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
- Museum Visits
Hana Bay Beach Park
Hana Bay Beach Park was very close to our resort in Hana. The park is public property and no entrance fee is charged. There is plenty of parking here as well as a food kiosk, picnic area and bbq area.
The beach itself is a black/brown colored sand from the eroded lava. The water is calm mostly but in rocky spots the waves really pick up with a splash. There is a boating pier here and we saw a few boats on the water in the distance. There were a few people swimming that day and the little kids seemed to enjoy the calm water. We enjoyed visiting this park and had ourselves a nice snack and some drinks during our stay.
Koki is one of the many beaches we were lucky to explore during our travels. Koki beach has a dark red sand, crashing waves and beautiful views. The crashing waves and rugged shore make it great for surfers but not for swimming. This is a good spot for having a picnic and just enjoying the natural beauty. Food trucks and pop up roadside eats can be found here on certain days which can provide a nice local lunch if you are hungry.
At the end of the beach you can see a small little island. This island is called Alau and is dotted with a few coconut palms and a lot of sea birds. The red sand of this beach comes from the cinder cone hill of Ka Iwi O Pele, meaning “bones of Pele.” The legend is that this beach is where the volcano goddess Pele fought a battle with her sister, Namakaokaha’i the goddess of the ocean. According to the legend Pele's were stacked along the Koki beach shoreline shore line and her spirit traveled to Kilauea of the Big Island.
Hike the Bamboo Forest
This is a marvelous opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of natural Hawaii.
Go beyond Hana to the top of Kipahula.
Pictured here with a pure poi dog.;-)Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- Jungle and Rain Forest
Experience a Blowhole!
You can actually walk down to the blowhole and experience it's power! Don't get too close! There are actually people who, for a living, go into the blow holes! Timing is everything!
Take your camera, the place is...
Take your camera, the place is filled with color and offers great picture opportunities.
Very small place actually and still very quiet.
1533 Uakea Rd, Hana, Hawaii, 96713, United States
Good for: Solo
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Hamoa Beach, Hana, Hawaii, United States
Good for: Couples
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