Wananalua Congregational Church
My wife and I first passed the Wananalua Congregational Church on our way to the Travassa (it's within walking distance of this resort). The church looks a bit out of place is this lush landscape and looks as if it belongs in a small European town. The Church is on the National register of Historic Places and was built in 1838.Add to your Trip Planner
Hana Bay is a calmer option for swimming from the open ocean but still has its share of waves especially in the rockier areas. Hana Pier located along the bay is a popular spot for fishing and has a small harbor for boats. The Hana Bay Beach Park is a nice spot to spend the day enjoying the bay as well as the facilities in the park; picnic tables, BBQ area, small food kiosk and restrooms.Add to your Trip Planner
Back Half of the Hana Highway
Everyone you talk to tell you to turn back after the Seven Sacred Pools and drive back the way you came. Rental car companies in particular warn of you violating your rental agreement and if you get stranded on the road, no one will come to help you. After hearing all of this we decided to do it anyway but were cautious. The locals we spoke to in Hana said it would be fine if we took it slow and is there wasn't any heavy rains recently (which there wasn't).
The road is very rough, narrow, prone to mudslides, and unpaved in sections but we made it through. We did have a very close call when a large caravan of state troopers in SUVs came speeding by us on a one lane road. We took our time driving, took it slow, were cautious around turns and honked our horn when spots had limited visibility. Basically don't drive like an idiot and you will be just fine.
The majority of our drive we were alone on the road and able to pull off at scenic spots and just enjoy the views. Some of the scenery on this side of the road is rather barren and desolate compared to the lushness of the first half of the road to Hana but we enjoyed it.
Would we do this again...hell yes, it was an adventure.Add to your Trip Planner
Charles Lindbergh Grave
My wife and I were traveling the back end of the Hana Highway and wanted to stop at Palapala Ho'omau Church to see the grave of Charles Lindberg. Liz and I are both aviation enthusiasts so this was definitely on our list to see when we were planning our trip.
Charles Lindberg fell in love with Maui and chose this beautiful place to rest for eternity. He died on August 26, 1974 after spending his last days on the Hana coast. He designed his grave site and his coffin himself during his final days. His simple gravesite and the church grounds are very peaceful and we were the only visitors here.Add to your Trip Planner
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.Add to your Trip Planner
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.Add to your Trip Planner
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
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
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:
- Jungle and Rain Forest
- Adventure Travel
- Whale Watching
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!Add to your Trip Planner
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.Add to your Trip Planner
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
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.Add to your Trip Planner
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!Add to your Trip Planner
My wife and I decided to stay a few nights in Hana during our latest trip to Maui in 2015. We wanted...more
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