People enjoy Hana most who prefer outdoor activities as independent travelers (in contrast to packaged travel programs), particularly without crowds of people.
There are five excellent, uncrowded beaches for swimming, snorkeling, surfing, skinny dipping, fishing, beachcombing — in black, red, gray and white sand. The latter, Hamoa Beach, James Michener wrote of as the most beautiful Pacific beach. There’s also excellent hiking, sea kayaking, cave spelunking, horseback and bicycle riding, tennis, horticultural and archeological excursions, picking and eating tropical fruit, meeting and “talking story” with the friendly Hawaiians, exploring miles of wild, un-populated coastline and jungle on ancient Hawaiian trails, or just relaxing on the deck at the house and gazing out to sea. Many tenants return to the house time and again for two or even three week stays, for they find they’ve merely scratched the surface of things they’ve discovered they want to do during their first four or five day visit.
Gardens: Three of the state’s best botanical gardens are here — Keanae Arboretum, Helani Gardens and National Tropical Botanical Garden (Kahanu). Almost everything grows well in Hana!
Hawaii’s largest heiau (ancient village and burial place), Piilanihale, is 2 miles from the house at Kahanu Garden. Many other sites of archeological interest are also located along the Hana Coast.
Other activities: Maui Cave Adventures