Sample a Sweet Taste of the Islands
52. VISIT AN ANCIENT VILLAGE
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.
53. STROLL THROUGH A PANDANUS FOREST
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 ntbg.org to learn more.