Ka­hanu Gar­den


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.

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