Hana Kipahulu Nahiku Kaupo
California has the Pacific Coast Highway, Italy has the Amalfi Coast, and Australia has the Great Ocean Road. Hawaii’s answer? The Road to Hana.
This famed drive is a destination in itself: fifty-plus miles of snaking roads, single-lane bridges, and enough blind turns to give you chicken skin. The reward is arriving at one of the last unspoiled Hawaiian frontiers, whose isolation has preserved its rustic beauty and enduring lure.
With Kodak moments in every direction—dramatic cliffs, brilliant flora, and vast seaside views—Hana is the stuff of postcards. It’s also the Hawaii many people dream of.
Sugar production was once the bulk of Hana’s economy, however the last sugar plantation closed its doors in the 1940s. In 1946, rancher Paul Fagan built the area’s only hotel and named it Hotel Hana-Maui, which is now the Travaasa Hana. While this luxury accommodation caters to the wealthy, it’s also steeped in local tradition and pulses with a true sense of aloha.
The hotel is the area’s largest employer and a kind of gathering place for visitors and locals alike. Nearby Hana Bay is another center of activity, and on weekends you’ll find families celebrating birthday parties, neighbors barbecuing their fresh catch, and kids jumping off the beloved pier.
Hana High and Elementary School serves about 350 students from Kindergarten through grade 12. Reflecting the local population, Hawaiian or part-Hawaiian students make up about 80 percent of students.
About 11 miles east of Hana lies equally lush Kipahulu, home to the popular Oheo Gulch and pools and the Pipiwai Hiking Trail. The adjacent Kipahulu Campground is part of Haleakala National Park and a great starting point for exploring the area. History buffs will note that Kipahulu is the resting place of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh, who lived there with his wife Anne Morrow.
Further east you’ll find quiet Kaupo, whose slow pace can make Hana feel like a big city. The main attraction here is Kaupo Store, a spot that seems to have been frozen in time. Originally built in 1925, this classic outpost sells basic necessities and snacks.
A rural East Maui lifestyle isn’t for everyone, but for those who enjoy a slower place and simple pleasures, Hana is heaven on Earth. The real estate market includes large and lush land for sale, modest family homes, and sprawling luxury estates.
Whether you’re looking for an oceanfront beach house or a secluded property surrounded by greenery, we can help. Our team of experts can help you navigate the finer details and answer more general questions about what it’s like to live in Hana. Whatever your Maui real estate needs are, we’re here to help you find a house or property you can call proudly home.
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