“Not all those who wander are lost.”-J.R.R. Tolkien
Hana’s wonder doesn’t disappoint. There are many pull offs that offer views from the ground up that cannot be appreciated without stopping. Ke’anae Peninsula Lookout is one of these. The black lava coast provides a look into islands past development.
A hidden beauty once you reach the town of Hana is Kaihalulu Beach also known as the Red Sand Beach. This gem is well worth the work it takes to get there. The trail is located behind the Hana Cultural Center. You will also pass a Japanese cemetery from the sugarcane days.
Be forewarned, signs are posted about trespassing and the danger of going down hill to the first level of the hike. It is dangerous and the result of past accidents that have occurred in the area. Once you reach the ground you still must travel a foot path of volcanic rock to finally reach this hidden gem.
Currents in the area at times are very strong during high surf. Since conditions are unpredictable, swimmers should take caution. The beauty of the water on this side is an unbelievable turquoise blue.
In the town of Hana, stop at Hasegawa General Store an old fashion mom and pop store. This is where I picked up my “I Survived the Hana Highway” T-shirt. Continue your Pi’ilani Highway to the rugged side of he island that leads to Kaupo, rutted roads and ranch land. Be on the look-out for the natural lava sea arch past the 29-mile marker.
The road to Hana offers more than enough to amaze and so much, that one trip is not enough.