HOME TO PI’ILANIHALE, believed to be the largest pre-contact place of worship in Polynesia, Kahanu Garden is a place to ponder the gifts of nature and the achievements of the human spirit. One of the five esteemed gardens in the National Tropical Botanical Gardens network, Kahanu, located in east Maui, thrives in the isolation of the Hāna coast amid an untamed native hala (Pandanus) forest, one of the largest in the Islands. Botanists and researchers focus on Pacific Island plant collections—well represented here—particularly those with cultural value to Polynesians. Kahanu is also home to the world’s most extensive collection of breadfruit cultivars. Kahanu’s location offers soaring views of Haleakalā and the ocean, and the serenity and peace there are palpable. Nearly 500 acres in size, with the heiau a National Historic Landmark, Kahanu has escaped the intrusions of modern life. Self-guided tours are available weekdays from 10 a.m.; ask about guided tours, $25. 650 ‘Ula‘ilo Road, 808.248.8912.