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An­other quick stop off the high­way is the tiny vil­lage of NAHIKU, one of the wettest spots along the north­ern coast of East Maui and once the site of the Nahiku Rub­ber Com­pany, a short­lived ven­ture that went down the tubes in 1912. It seems the con­stantly wet weather made for poor con­di­tions for craft­ing la­tex.

To­day, Nahiku Mar­ket Place is best known for its COF­FEE SHOP, Up in Smoke taco stand and gift gallery. Nahiku Mar­ket Place is lo­cated at mile marker 29 on Hana High­way; visit road­to­hana. com for more in­for­ma­tion.


KE‘ANAE PENIN­SULA is an iso­lated and wildly beau­ti­ful place where the surf pounds against jagged lava rocks that edge a gnarly coast­line. Turn left on Hana High­way, a half-mile past mile marker 29. This is a de­tour that won’t dis­ap­point and, as luck would have it, boasts pub­lic re­strooms.

Ke‘anae was al­most de­stroyed in 1946 when a tsunami hit the area, killing 20 chil­dren and four teach­ers. The only struc­ture left stand­ing was KE‘ANAE CON­GRE­GA­TIONAL CHURCH, which re­mains to­day. The church, which dates to 1860, is the cen­ter­piece of this pre­dom­i­nately Hawai­ian com­mu­nity, where taro fields and free-range live­stock dot the land­scape. KE‘ANAE LAND­ING FRUIT STAND is a tempt­ing stop for smooth­ies and ba­nana bread. Nearby KE‘ANAE ARBORETUM is lo­cated in a trop­i­cal for­est set­ting on lev­eled ter­races built hun­dreds of years ago by Hawai­ians for taro cul­ti­va­tion. A short, rel­a­tively flat as­phalt walk­way trav­els through the arboretum, but no guided walks or fa­cil­i­ties are avail­able. To find the arboretum, take High­way 360, a lit­tle more than half a mile past mile marker 16. Park­ing is on the side of the road near the arboretum sign. MAUI DIVE SHOP OUT­LET STORE (808) 879-1775 EXT. 3 OR (800) 542-3483 ROBERTS HAWAII (808) 539-9400 OR (800) 831-5541


PI‘ILANI HIGH­WAY, just out­side Hana, is a tight, moun­tain­hug­ging road with blind turns, one-way bridges and heart­stop­ping views from sheer cliff drops. The drive may be risky, but it’s worth the draw of Maui’s off-the-beaten-path won­ders.

Watch for WAILUA FALLS, a 95-foot cas­cade lo­cated about 5 miles past mile marker 45 on High­way 31. MAKAHIKU FALLS (clocking in at 185 feet) is a half-mile hike up the PIPIWAI TRAIL, which also takes hikers up­stream along the POOLS OF ‘OHE‘O and

AN­CIENT HAWAI­IAN TARO FARM sites. Fur­ther along the way are sev­eral small set­tle­ments, in­clud­ing KI­PAHULU AND KAUPO. Fi­nally, you will pass the fa­mous ‘ULUPALAKUA RANCH AND MAUIWINE be­fore ar­riv­ing back in “civ­i­liza­tion.” MAUI DIVE SHOP OUT­LET STORE (808) 879-1775 EXT. 3 OR (800) 542-3483 ROBERTS HAWAII (808) 539-9400 OR (800) 831-5541


Hawai­ian leg­ends de­scribe LANA‘I as a burn­ing-red is­land in­hab­ited by bands of can­ni­bal­is­tic, howl­ing demons. To­day’s ver­sion bears no re­sem­blance. In­stead, this sparsely pop­u­lated vis­i­tor des­ti­na­tion, with about 3,100 res­i­dents, is a LUX­U­RI­OUS

SANC­TU­ARY de­vel­oped to sat­isfy a vis­i­tor’s ev­ery whim. There are no traf­fic lights and few

dis­trac­tions save for those fash­ioned by na­ture. Lana‘i is a PRI­VATELY OWNED

RE­SORT DES­TI­NA­TION known for its lux­u­ri­ous ac­com­mo­da­tions and seclu­sion. For gen­er­a­tions, pineapple plan­ta­tions were the dom­i­nant source of in­come on the is­land. (In fact, Lana‘i is known as

“THE PINEAPPLE IS­LAND,” and holds an AN­NUAL FES­TI­VAL de­voted to the syrupy-sweet fruit each July.)

In the ’80s, en­tre­pre­neur David Mur­dock pur­chased the is­land and con­verted the pineapple fields to exclusive re­sorts and golf cour­ses. To­day, it is pri­mar­ily owned by Or­a­cle CEO Larry El­li­son.

The re­sorts—Manele Bay and The Lodge at Koele—are op­er­ated by FOUR SEA­SONS, and have re­ceived top rat­ings by

read­ers. Condé Nast Trav­eler Due to a multi-mil­lion-dol­lar ren­o­va­tion of the re­sorts, both prop­er­ties were closed. In 2016, the beach re­sort re­opened as Four Sea­sons Re­sort Lana‘i. Lana‘i Air­port is ser­viced by

AIR­LINES, and FERRY TRANS­PORTA­TION from Maui to Lana‘i is avail­able daily. Or, book a TOUR ON A CATA­MA­RAN OR SAIL­BOAT. EX­PE­DI­TIONS (808) 661-3756 HAWAII OCEAN PROJECT (808) 667-6165 TRIL­OGY EX­CUR­SIONS (808) 874-5649 OR (888) 225-6284

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