Map of Hana
Paradise is a word that is commonly used to describe Hana and its environs. Isolated on the eastern side of Maui, this relatively undeveloped community finds itself among a lush rainforest that is characterized by cascading waterfalls. Only adding the allure of this heavenly village is the Pacific Ocean coast, where beaches of various colors meet sparkling blue water. Head to Red Sand Beach (Kaihalulu Beach) just south of Hana Bay to enjoy the almost surreal atmosphere or head north of town to Waianapanapa State Park to see the black lava sand beach. Away from the beaches, visiting waterfalls is a popular pursuit, with Waimoku Falls and the waterfalls at famous Oheo Gulch being among the best in the area. When looking to explore around town, you can hit the Hana Cultural Center & Museum and make a stop at the renowned Hasegawa General Store.
Road to Hana Image: Tony Faiola (flickr)
Hana Hawaii can be reached via the Hana Highway. The drive along this iconic road tends to take at least three hours if you are coming from Lahaina or Kihei, and there is plenty of scenic beauty to savor along the way. From Hana itself, the Hana Highway provides a link to Haleakala National Park, where the Haleakala Crater is among the main attractions.
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