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HANA/KIPIHULU

Hana is about as pretty a town as you will find anywhere in Hawaii. The town is built on rolling hills that descend to Hana Bay; much of the surrounding lands are given over to pasture, while trim cottages the town's streets. Before the Europeans arrived, Hana was a stronghold that was conquered and reconquered by the kings of Maui. The most strategic and historically laden spot is Ka'uiki Hill, the remnant of a cinder cone that dominates Hana Bay. The area is steeped in Hawaiian legend, and old stories relate that it was the demigod Maui's favorite spot. It's said that he transformed his daughter's lover into Ka'uiki Hill and turned her into the gentle rains that bathe it to this day.

Kipahulu Ten miles south of Hana is where Charles Lindbergh is buried in the back yard of the Palapala Hoomau Congregational Church. The highway between Kipahulu and Hana is beautiful. You can stop and swim in the Venus Pool, one of the largest freshwater pools on the island; visit the Paihi, Wailua, and Puaa-luu Falls; and play in the Seven Sacred Pools (Oheo Gulch). These pools are located where the enormous Kipahulu Valley meets the sea. There are really a few dozen pools, not just seven, and a visitor center. If you want take a walk there is a short one-mile hike to the Bamboo Forest and a longer hike to the upper pools and a fantastic waterfall.


ACCOMMODATIONS
Heavenly Hana Inn - P.O. Box 790 Hana - 808-248-8442
Hotel Hana Maui - Hana Highway Hana - 808-248-8211/ 808-248-8617

ACTIVITIES/ATTRACTIONS
Kahanu Garden - Ulaino Road on Hana Hwy. at mile marker #31 Hana - (808)248-8912
Maui Cave Adventures - P.O. Box 40 Hana - (808) 248-7308

SHOPPING
Hana Treasures - Hana Highway next to the Hana Ranch Restaurant Hana - (808)248-7372