Take a Culi­nary Tour

101 Things to Do (Maui) - - Contents -


Through­out the is­lands, there are count­less sites that are not only beau­ti­ful, but also of­fer a deeper his­tory, if you just dig a bit. Take, for ex­am­ple,

WAI‘ANAPANAPA— a beau­ti­ful state park just out­side of HANA. Its name means “glis­ten­ing wa­ters” in Hawai­ian, and this spot fea­tures a NAT­U­RAL STONE ARCH, A BLOW­HOLE AND HIK­ING along two sec­tions of the old King’s High­way.

A FRESH­WA­TER POOL lo­cated in a cave within the park is the sub­ject of A TRAGIC HAWAI­IAN

LEG­END, the place where beau­ti­ful princess Popo‘alaea fled to hide from her cruel hus­band. While search­ing for her, his men saw her re­flec­tion in the pool. Popo‘alaea’s hus­band dove into the pool, en­tered the cave and killed the princess. To this day, the pool’s wa­ter is said to turn red on the an­niver­sary of her death.

Per­mits are re­quired for camp­ing in Wai‘anapanapa. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the State Of­fice Build­ing Di­vi­sion of Forestry and Wildlife, lo­cated at 54 S. High St. in Wailuku, by call­ing (808) 984-8100, or visit por­tal.ehawaii.gov.


Lo­cated 30 min­utes from Hana, KI­PAHULU is an ISO­LATED

COM­MU­NITY pre­dom­i­nately POP­U­LATED BY NA­TIVE HAWAI­IANS who con­tinue to share the tra­di­tions of their fore­fa­thers. To hear their stories, take a HIKE through the Ki­pahulu area of HALEAKALA NA­TIONAL PARK. Na­tive Hawai­ian guides will tell tales of old Hawai‘i, and stop at trea­sured CUL­TURAL SITES like KAPAHU LIVING FARM, where tra­di­tional TARO PATCHES have been re­stored to ac­tive pro­duc­tion. The hike is op­er­ated by KI­PAHULU ‘OHANA, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that helps sus­tain the com­mu­nity’s life­style and pro­vides work op­por­tu­ni­ties for res­i­dents. Most Ki­pahulu fam­i­lies’ ge­nealo­gies ex­tend back hun­dreds of years. Guides will share that his­tory in the most au­then­tic of ways—with personal knowl­edge. In co­op­er­a­tion with the NA­TIONAL PARK SER­VICE, Ki­pahulu ‘Ohana cre­ated a pro­gram to demon­strate how tra­di­tional Hawai­ians once lived on the ‘aina (land), and how they have adapted and evolved on it to­day. The hike in­cludes fea­tures like: • AN­CIENT HABI­TA­TION AR­EAS, where stone walls and house sites are vis­i­ble • ‘OHE‘O BRIDGE, with a scenic view of the fa­mous POOLS OF ‘OHE‘O • His­toric KANALULU HOUSE, built in the 1920s and re­stored in 2002 • Scenic over­look to the stun­ning, 180-foot MAKAHIKU FALLS • Rem­nants from the sug­ar­cane in­dus­try • KAPAHU LIVING FARM, an an­cient taro farm re­stored to ac­tive pro­duc­tion • Sam­pling of TRA­DI­TIONAL HAWAI­IAN FOODS grown at the farm • ETHNOBOTANICAL SHAR­ING about the plants seen along the route, in­clud­ing na­tive (en­demic) Hawai­ian plants, “ca­noe plants” (Poly­ne­sian in­tro­duced) that are of spe­cial im­por­tance to Hawai­ian cul­ture and ex­otic in­va­sive plants For reser­va­tions, email tours@ki­pahulu.org, or call (808) 248-8558. Visit ki­pahulu. org for de­tails.


ALEXAN­DER & BALD­WIN SUGAR MU­SEUM in Pu‘un­ene is lo­cated next to Hawai‘i’s largest work­ing sugar fac­tory and just 10 min­utes from Kahu­lui Air­port. Once the plantation man­ager’s home, the mu­seum con­tains in­for­ma­tion and ex­hibits about an era when the sugar in­dus­try ruled the Hawai­ian Is­lands. PHOTOMURALS AND AR­TI­FACTS dat­ing back to 1878 are on dis­play, as well as au­then­tic scale mod­els of the fac­tory’s ma­chin­ery. The mu­seum’s 18,000-square-foot show­case of IN­TER­AC­TIVE EX­HIBITS traces the in­flu­ence of sugar on Maui’s mul­ti­eth­nic pop­u­la­tion. Visit sug­ar­mu­seum.com to learn about Alexan­der & Bald­win Sugar Mu­seum ex­hibits, Maui’s sugar plantation his­tory and plan your visit.


LA­HAINA is a charm­ing town of rich his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance. As the FOR­MER CAP­I­TAL OF THE KING­DOM OF HAWAI‘I, La­haina boasts 62 HIS­TORIC SITES— all eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble on LA­HAINA HIS­TORIC TRAIL. Look for the bronze plaques af­fixed through­out 55 acres of La­haina, and set off on your jour­ney to the past. En route, you’ll see des­ig­nated NA­TIONAL HIS­TORIC

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