Take a Culinary Tour
54. UNLOCK LEGEND AND LEISURE
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.
55. LEARN FROM A LOCAL
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 email@example.com, or call (808) 248-8558. Visit kipahulu. org for details.
56. REVISIT MAUI’S GOLDEN SUGAR ERA
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.
57. TOUR LAHAINA AND KA‘ANAPALI’S HISTORIC SITES
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