The East area of Maui includes the towns of Nahiku, Keanae, Hana, and Kipahulu, more secluded and remote towns where the locals still honor their ancestor's lifestyle. The Hana town is unique like no other area. Read a description of this unusual area below.
Another place worth checking out is the small community of Kaupo, which offers an unforgettable adventure on the east side of the island despite the less its less tropical environment. It is in this place where you can experience the shift from tropical Maui to arid Maui. Don’t be discouraged with its lack of tropical splendor though, as its magnificent natural backdrops and environment is more than enough to keep you coming back. You’ll be stunned by the spectacular views of the Kaupo Gap of Haleakala and the Big Island on those bright clear days.
All the communities in this part of the island will definitely take you to an adventure of a lifetime – something to get you away from the stress of modern living.
If you happen to be in the east side of Maui, you can pay a visit to Hana town. Hana town covers an area of about 4,500 acres. Before the town was established, a man named Paul Fagan purchased the land with the sole purpose of raising cattle. Later, Hana was developed into a town. While at Hana, you can visit the restaurants to have your meals. There are many small stores at Hana. In Hana, you will see many cars parked at the side of the highway. Many people joke about this because the cars were there since 20 years ago. You can visit the Hana Cultural Center to explore a wide range of Hawaiian artifacts. The admission to the Hana Cultural Center is free of charge.
Nearby the Hana Town, there are several beaches including Kaihalulu Red Sand Beach, Honokalan Black Sand Beach and Hamoa Beach. Hamoa Beach is situated about 1 mile from the main highway. While leaving Hana Town, you should drive into Seven Pools. Honokalan Black Sand Beach can be found at the Wainapanapa State Park. There are man caves and lava tubs around the beach. Wainapanapa State Park is equipped with facilities such as restrooms, showers, and parking lot. There are a few hiking trails at Wainapanapa State Park. Hamoa beach is near to the Hotel Hana Maui. The beach does not belong to the Hotel Hana Maui. It is open to the public. If you stand at the Hamoa Beach, you will be able to view the A-lau Island.
Hana Bay has a black sand beach that is constantly visited by tourists from the U.S. continental. If you are bringing your family on vacation, you can visit Hana Bay. You can rent canoe to explore the region. You can also have a picnic at the beach.
The most famous store in the east of Maui is the Hasegawa General Store. The Hasegawa General Store offers various types of merchandise. You can find almost ll kinds of general merchandise at the Hasegawa Store. The family owned store has been opened since 1910. You can visit the Hasegawa General Store during weekdays and weekends.
There is a waterfall called Waimoku Falls in Hana. Waimoku Falls has a height of about 650 feet. Hikers can travel on the Pipiwai Trail to the Waimoku Falls. The trail that leads towards the Pipiwai Trail is about 2 miles long. When hiking on the Pipiwai Trail, you can observe various types of plants and wild animals.
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