On the Road to Hana

Road to Hana
Road to Hana
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The world-renowned "Road to Hana" is a destination in itself. Passing through fun and eclectic Paia Town, the wind-surfing capital of the universe, this spectacular drive soon leaves the known world behind and transports you through rain forests, past waterfalls and taro farms, passing black sand beaches and blow holes, to the "emerald" pastoral village that everyone calls Heavenly Hana.

Oheo Gulch, Kipahulu
Oheo Gulch, Kipahulu
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Here the old Hawaiian way of life still goes on in that special pace so enchanting to visitors. Some of the most unforgettable scenery in the world can be found in Hana, including Oheo Gulch and the quaint church where Charles Lindbergh is buried.

The road from Hana, however, is markedly different. Massive, starkly etched lava streams from Mt. Haleakali's last eruption some 200 years ago,

Makawao
Makawao
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created a landscape of barren beauty flowing in natural stone sculptures to the sea. The road leads out from these thrilling wastelands to yet another of Maui's varied worlds — the green, rolling meadows of Upcountry.

Haleakala Sunrise
Haleakala Sunrise
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Highlights include the Tedeschi Vineyards and Tasting Room, Ulupalakua Ranch Store, Kula Botanical Gardens, and charming Makawao Town — a cowboy town now bustling with great restaurants, unique shops and galleries. Of course, looming over everything on Maui is the mighty Haleakala, Upcountry's crowning glory. Sunrise or sunset at the crater summit is, quite simply, the event of a lifetime.