Pa’ako Cove: Also known as Secret Breach, this secluded place is located on the south side of the island in Makena. Pa’ako Cove is surrounded by striking black lava, aqua waters, reef and tropical fish. A quiet beach, Pa’ako is a private place not only to swim and snorkel, but also to watch the occasional water sportsman tame the waves.
The Keoneheehee Sliding Sands Trail: No visit to Haleakala National Park would be complete without attempting the Sliding Sands Trail. Here guests can venture on foot or ride on a horseback tour across the crater. There is no better way to enjoy the sites on the cinder cone than to hike Keoneheehee Sliding Sands Trail. Be advised, it can be a challenging trail on the return trip, since the terrain is slippery gravel and the elevation is high; but the views are well worth any energy exerted on the hike.
The Ohe’o Gulch and Bamboo Forest: This area is celebrated by many tourists, though there are still treasures to be found off the main tourist stops. The word “gulch” rarely conjures up images of beautiful landscapes; however, the Ohe’o Gulch is one the most picturesque places on the island. Also known as the Seven Sacred Pools (though there are far more than seven), visitors can hike, picnic and swim when the conditions are right. Though the pools are indeed very popular, continue the exploration by hiking down the Pipiwai Trail for an inland expedition through an enchanting bamboo forest. Eventually the bamboo-lined path will lead you to the 400-foot long Waikmoku Falls surrounded by countless water holes and smaller falls along the way. These rapturous sites will be worth every second you spending driving down the lengthy Hana Highway to get to the Seven Sacred Pools.
The Nakalele Blowhole: This natural wonder located on the western side of Maui, just off Highway 30 has several trails leading to the blowhole. The intriguing site has a geyser like affect when the waves are pushed up through the lava rock cliffs. The blowhole is full of mystery and seems to come to life every time the water and sea spray shoots up through the rock. It is almost as if the formations are spurting and hissing in vehement disapproval of those who dare to hike nearby.
The Ono Organic Farm: Like any Hawaiian farm enthusiast, we advocate trying to see as many of the Maui farms as possible, to enjoy a wide range of unique products such as pineapples, lavender, honey, wineries and vodka distilleries on the island. However, many of the farms could be upstaged by the family-owned Ono Organic Farm (ono meaning delicious), which could be one of the best kept secrets on the island. Not only does Ono Farms provide an extensive selection of rare fruits and vegetables, jams, jellies, fruit butter, spices, coffee and chocolate, they also offer tours and fruit tastings Monday through Friday. The organic farm has been providing some of the most succulent produce in Hawaii for over 60 years.
The Makawao Forest and the Kahakapao Trail: Travelers are encouraged to make the most of this secluded scenic trail by hiking or biking through the Makawao Forest. Here the ground is littered with lush green ferns, redwoods, eucalyptus trees, ginger roots and raspberries when in season. The loop itself stretches across 5.2 miles, providing the perfect outdoor activity for nature-lovers and is an idyllic afternoon getaway.
Kaupo General Store: This historical site was first instituted in 1925 as a charming general store in the fishing village of Kaupo. The store is located on the Hawaiian Highway 31, and was once the only place on the map in that region. Kaupo General Store just oozes a nostalgic old Hawaii feel, and is filled with modern snacks and treats as well as archaic relics from the past. This rest-stop is a delightful must-see for anyone taking a trip to Hana area of Maui.
Garden of Eden: It would be hard to underrate a place called the Garden of Eden, yet this little gem on the Hana Highway is far less celebrated than it should be. Located at mile marker 10, this stop is garden replete with vividly colored plants, trees, flowers and unique birds. Be sure to add this other-worldly stop to your Hana Highway tour.
Waihe’e Ridge Trail: For those that prefer to enjoy hiking Maui undistracted by the presence of copious tourists, this trail is the perfect solution. Located on the north western side of the island, the Waihe’e Ridge Trail soars above verdant mountain tops and valleys, featuring glimpses of both the coast and inland. If you are favored with a clear day, you will witness some of the most spectacular panoramic point of views on the island.
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