HAWAII — East Maui

Honolulu is the only big city found in the Hawaiian Islands and it is the centre of business, culture and politics. Most of the sights you will see in this area are found in downtown and Chinatown. You will find lots of things to see including beautiful public gardens, lovely beaches, museums, restaurants as well as some great shopping centres which are easily accessible on foot.

The areas found here are:
Road to Hana
Hana
Waianapanapa State Park
Hana Cultural Center and Museum
Kauiki Hill
Fagans Cross
Wananalua Congregation Church
Kaihalulu Beach
Koki Beach
Hamoa Beach
Kipahulu
Oheo Gulch
East Maui Volcano

Road to Hana

Road to Hana
This 52-mile road to Hana is one of the most famous attractions on Mau´iknown. it is full of twists and hairpin turns and one-lane bridges as well as some fantastic scenery. The journey begins in Pa´ia and will take around 2 hours or more depending on how often you stop to end in Hana. As you drive along you will see along one side waterfalls, eucalyptus groves and mile after mile of bamboo and the other side offers outstanding views of the Pacific Ocean. There are plenty of stopping places from which you can admire this fantastic view some of which are signposted.

Traveller's Tip

It could be worthwhile to get one of the CDs available from shops all over Mau´i about the Road to Hana as they contain infornmation about where to stop as well as a map.
Hana

Hana
Hana is the small town you come to at the end of your Road to Hana trip and looking around here is like you have taken a step0 back in time. Probably the most famous landmark here is the Hasegawa General Store which was stablished in l910. This family-owned business has been written up in numerous magazines, newspaper articles and travel guides. The store became famous in l961, when composer Paul Weston was so impressed with the variety of merchandise carried in this little store that he wrote a song entitled Hasegawa General Store. The song became an instant hit on local radio and since then has been recorded by several local musicians.

Waianapanapa State Park

Waianapanapa State Park
This is home to one of Mau´i’s only black-sand beaches and freshwater caves and is found right on the ocean.On the left is the volcanic beach, picnic tables, and cave pools. To the right is an ancient trail that follows the ocean past blowholes, sea arches, and archaeological sites. The tide pools here turn red several times a year due to the arrival of small shrimp. Legend claims the colour represents the blood of Popoalaea, said to have been murdered in one of the caves by her husband, Chief Kaakea. There are cabins to rent here overnight but you will need to book in advance.
For information about the park and the cabins visit the following website at: http://www.hawaiistateparks.org/parks/maui/waianapanapa.cfm

Hana Cultural Center and Museum

Hana Cultural Center and Museum
This museum displays Hawaiian artefacts, wood carvings and quilts. The museum was set up to preserve Hana’s history and Hawaiian culture. At the side of the museum is a reconstructed thatched hale which you can see even if the museum is closed. In the grounds is a 1871 courthouse which is still used to hear minor cases on the first Tuesday of each month.
For information about the museum visit the following website at: http://www.hanaculturalcenter.org/

Kauiki Hill

Kau´iki Hill
This hill is found on the right side of Hana Bay and was formed when lava was sprayed up into the air from a volcanic vent and was carried by the wind and piled into a hill. Because the lava is rich in iron it has coloured the nearby beaches and the hill a deep red colour. There is a trail along the hill
For information about the State Capitol visit the following website at: http://hawaii.gov/gov/about/state-capitol/state-capitol.html

Traveller's Tip

Guided tours of the building are not available at the moment but you can take a self-guided tour by picking up a brochure from Room no 415. Check the website from time to time to see if they are going to resume giving guided tours.
Fagans Cross

Fagans Cross
This museum is found near the Aloha Tower and it contains a fascinating insight into the history of Hawaii from the time of Captain Cook’s visit up to the present day. There are some great boats found in the museum which you can explore for yourself including a four-masted rigger and a double-hulled sailing canoe. This Centre is closed at the moment and it is not known when it will reopen so you can check the website from time to time to see if this changes.
For information about the museum visit the website at: http://www.holoholo.org/maritime/

Wananalua Congregation Church

Wananalua Congregation Church
The Aloha Tower was built in 1926 and in those days it was the tallest structure in Hawaii. That is no longer the case but it is still one of the most recognisable landmarks in Hawaii. It is used as the traffic control centre for Honolulu Harbour and cruise ships disembark at the terminal under the tower. It is also a popular attraction for visitors because you can take a lift to the tenth floor observation deck for spectacular 360° views. There is a shopping centre under the tower full of shops and places to eat.
For information about the tower visit the website at: http://www.alohatower.com/

Kaihalulu Beach

Kaihalulu Beach
This church was founded by King Kamehameha 1V and Queen Emma in 1858 but the building wasn’t finished until 1867 which was four year’s after the king had died. The church is French Gothic in design and has an impressive stained glass window made from hand blown glass that came from England.

Koki Beach

Koki Beach
Kawaiaha´o Church is the oldest church in O´ahu and was built between 1837 and 1842 on the site of the original grass thatch church built by the missionaries when they first arrived in Hawaii. The church was built of around 14,000 stones and it took more than a thousand men to build it. They collected wood from their own lands and carried coral reef rocks from the ocean. The church has been popular with Hawaiian royalty and it was the site of King Kamehameha IV’s coronation as well as his wedding to Queen Emma. Today Kawaiaha´o is one of the few remaining churches in Hawaii to offer services in the Hawaiian language.
For information about the church visit the website at: http://www.kawaiahao.org/index.php/home

Hamoa Beach

Hamoa Beach
These buildings are found across the road from Kawaiaha´o Church and they include three of the original buildings from the Sandwich Islands Mission headquarters. The Mission Houses contain original furnishings and are authentic recreations of what life was like for the missionaries and their families when they came to the islands. The first of the three buildings is the Hale La´au which is the oldest frame structure found in the Hawaiian Islands and served as a home for the missionaries. The second building is the Ka Hale Kamalani or Chamberlain House and was built from blocks of coral skeletons. It was used as a storehouse. The third building is the Ka Hale Pa´i or Printing Office and it housed a press to print the Bible in Hawaiian.
For information about the museum visit the website at: http://www.missionhouses.org/

Kipahulu

Kipahulu
This building was built for King Kamehameha V to be used as his palace but he died before it was finished and so it was never used as a palace but as the headquarters for the Hawaiian government and home to the Legislative Assembly and Supreme Court. It was in this building that the Provisional government officially overthrew the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893. Today it is the home of Hawaii’s Supreme Court and State Law Library and there is a Judiciary History Centre on the first floor.
For information about the Judiciary History Centre visit the website at: http://www.jhchawaii.net

Traveller's Tip

If you are a fan of the TV series Lost you may like to know that this building was used in several scenes in the series. One of the conference rooms was used in the scene where Claire meets the prospective adoptive parents of her baby and where Michael and his wife meet with their attorneys about their divorce.
Oheo Gulch

Oheo Gulch
Honolulu Hale is City Hall and was built in 1927 as a Spanish Mission. The building is quite beautiful and contains an inner courtyard, staircase and ceiling that were modelled on the Bargello Museum in Florence. The courtyard is sometimes used as a concert venue. It is found on King Street near some of the other historic buildings such as the State Capitol, ´Iolani Palace, the Mission Houses Museum and Kawaiaha´o Church. At the front of the building is an eternal flame memorial to the victims of the September 11 terrorist attack.

East Maui Volcano

East Maui Volcano
The First Hawaiian Center is the headquarters of the First Hawaiian Bank and it houses the downtown gallery of the Contemporary Museum. The exhibits feature modern Hawaiian Art that regularly changes. A highlight of the building is the four-storey high glass wall with 185 prisms.
For information about the gallery visit the following website at: http://www.tcmhi.org/ex_fhc.htm