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Hana is a great, green place some call heavenly. This hint of paradise awaits at the end of long narrow, winding Hana Highway. The 52-mile journey past velvet cliffs and crevices laced by waterfalls over 56 one-lane bridges enhances the illusion. To be in Hana is to have arrived. In misty half-light kick back at Hotel Hana-Maui (a favorite of honeymooners) and let earthly woes begone. When languor eases, go, hike to red sand beach in a cove of 390-foot Kauiki cinder cone. Body surf curly blue waves at Hamoa Beach (which Michener called most beautiful). Shop Hasegawa's General Store where, you'll find "sunburn cream and the latest ...

Hana is a great, green place some call heavenly. This hint of paradise awaits at the end of long narrow, winding Hana Highway. The 52-mile journey past velvet cliffs and crevices laced by waterfalls over 56 one-lane bridges enhances the illusion. To be in Hana is to have arrived. In misty half-light kick back at Hotel Hana-Maui (a favorite of honeymooners) and let earthly woes begone. When languor eases, go, hike to red sand beach in a cove of 390-foot Kauiki cinder cone. Body surf curly blue waves at Hamoa Beach (which Michener called most beautiful). Shop Hasegawa's General Store where, you'll find "sunburn cream and the latest magazine, muumuu and mangoes and ukuleles, too." Pluck apple bananas on the road to Kipahulu (look out for baby pigs). Visit the grave of aviator Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974) behind Palapala Hoomau Congregational Church. Plunge in seven cascading pools at Oheo Gulch. Hike in a musical forest of bamboo that bonks and rustles when trade winds blow. Attend the local luau, eat a laulau, two finger poi, too. And try hula. Watch the sun make God rays around clouds and the rain make rainbows every day. To prolong the magic ease down Old Piilani Highway around the empty edge of 10,203-foot Haleakala crater past cinder cones and ghost towns on a rubbly often risky road to Ulupalakua and the return to hum-drum.

Rick Carroll
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Rick Carroll has written dozens of articles on Hawaii and the Pacific. His books include Great Outdoor Adventures of Hawaii, Madame Pele: True Encounters with Hawaii's Fire Goddess, and Travelers' Tales Hawaii.

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