Sam­ple a Sweet Taste of the Is­lands

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HANA CUL­TURAL CEN­TER & MU­SEUM, de­vel­oped by lo­cal res­i­dents to tell the story of this unique Hawai­ian com­mu­nity, over­looks HANA BAY, and is home to a TRA­DI­TIONAL HAWAI­IAN VIL­LAGE, a his­toric court­house, an old jail­house and a mu­seum.

The vil­lage pre­sents an op­por­tu­nity to glimpse Hana’s past and present. In the vil­lage, there are repli­cas of four tra­di­tional thatch struc­tures, or (pro­nounced “ha-leh”), hale as well as an ETHNOBOTANICAL

GAR­DEN. The struc­tures rep­re­sent early Hawai­ian life, with hale of living, meet­ing, cook­ing and ca­noe build­ing/stor­age spa­ces.

The mu­seum con­tains more than 560 ar­ti­facts, more than 600 books, a bot­tle col­lec­tion and some 5,000 pho­to­graphs from the Hana Dis­trict. A gift shop of­fers a se­lec­tion of greet­ing cards cre­ated by more than 120 lo­cal artists and pho­tog­ra­phers. Built in 1871, the OLD HIS­TORIC COURT­HOUSE was re­fur­bished in 1989, and is still used for county court. The OLD HIS­TORIC JAIL­HOUSE, also built in 1871, was ren­o­vated in 1997. Lo­cated at 4974 Uakea Road near the turn-off to Hana Bay, the cen­ter is open Mon­day to Fri­day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., ex­cept Christ­mas and New Year’s Day.


The 464-acre KAHANU GAR­DEN is sit­u­ated in one of Hawai‘i’s last re­main­ing NA­TIVE PAN­DANUS FORESTS. A botan­i­cal and cul­tural re­search fa­cil­ity, the gar­den’s plant col­lec­tion grows in the shade of an an­cient Hawai­ian tem­ple.

Kahanu Gar­den boasts the world’s largest col­lec­tion of ‘ulu (bread­fruit), with more than 120 va­ri­eties from 18 Pa­cific is­land groups, in­clud­ing In­done­sia, the Philip­pines and Sey­chelles. It also fea­tures a CA­NOE GAR­DEN, which show­cases 24 species of plants brought by an­cient Poly­ne­sians on their ocean voy­ages to Hawai‘i. HALE O PI‘ILANI HEIAU, a lava-rock place of wor­ship built be­tween the 13th and 16th cen­tury, is a NO­TABLE HIS­TORIC AT­TRAC­TION on the premises. Kahanu Gar­den is lo­cated off Hana High­way on ‘Ula‘ino Road. GUIDED AND SELF-GUIDED TOURS are avail­able. Call (808) 248-8912 for reser­va­tions, and visit the NA­TIONAL TROP­I­CAL BOTAN­I­CAL GAR­DEN web­site at to learn more.

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