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.
73. DETOUR FOR KE‘ANAE PENINSULA
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
74. GO BEYOND HANA
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
75. TASTE THE QUIET LIFE ON LANA‘I
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