Hana is a small town of around 1,300 people located on the east side of the island of Maui. Hana is one of the most isolated communities in all of the Hawaiian Island chain. It is reached mainly via the “world famous” Hana Highway, a long, winding, 52-mile-long scenic highway along Maui’s northern shore. Because of it’s location and limited access, Hana has retained the old Hawaiian ways and unspoiled island charm. The small quiet and tranquil town has been left out of major development plans and sprawling progress, perpetuated by it’s own serene natural landscape. That, along with average high temperatures at 80 degrees and average lows at 68 degrees, is what makes Hana special; a trait that must live on.
Points of interest near Hana
Kahanu Garden and Preserve – tropical botanical garden. Pi’ilanihale Heiau (also known as Hale O Pi’ Ilani Heiau) is located in Kahanu Garden. Covering 3 acres, it believed to be the largest Hawaiian heiau (ancient temple) in the Hawaiian Islands.
Waiʻanapanapa State Park is a 122-acre park in Hana. Waiʻanapanapa means “glistening fresh water” in the Hawaiian language, referring to nearby fresh water streams and sparkling pools. Seven Sacred Pools at Oheo Gulch Kipahulu are natural river pools, so majestic. The Hana area also features natural attractions such as Kaia Ranch Tropical Botanical Gardens, Hana Beach Park, Pailoa Bay, Hamoa Beach, and Red Sand Beach at Kaihalulu Bay.
In town, the Hana Cultural Center and Museum is a great place to learn of Hana’s past. One of the most iconic places in Hana town is the Hasegawa General Store. A must stop-and-see kind of place that time has passed by, or withstood the test of time, depending on how you look at it.
Hāna, The Heart Of Old Hawai’i… at the end of the road; it’s vital for Hana to preserve what it has, even in an automated world we live in.
Hana Brief History
Polynesian people first settled in Hana sometime between 500 and 800 AD.
Chief Kalani’opu’u of the Big Island captured and held power over Hana between 1759 – 1779. West Maui chief Kahekili forced Kalani’opu’u to surrender reclaiming Hana.
In his quest to conquer and unite the islands King Kamehameha The Great first invaded Maui at points stretching from Hana Bay to Hamoa Bay. His favorite (and most powerful) wife Queen Ka’ahumanu was born in a cave at Ka’uiki Hill.
Hana and the neighboring Ko’olau districts survived by cultivating dryland taro and local fishing until sugarcane was introduced in 1883. At its peak there were a total of 6 plantations in operation.