Vacationrentalpeople.com’s guide. East Maui is the island’s lush green-covered side, and great for a East Maui vacation rental home, full of waterfalls and rainforests and panoramic views, a place which takes you back in time and away from the masses, but mostly known for one thing, the dramatic and magnificent road from the main city of Kahului to the small traditional town of Hana.
Kahului is the location of Maui’s major airport and is the retail center for local Maui residents with several major department stores, but it is not really a tourist attraction apart from the Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Museum and Maui’s Arts and Cultural Center. However, it is the starting point for the famous Hana Heighway and a great place to book up a East Maui vacation rental home.
This winding coastal road is 52 miles long and goes through vibrant rainforests, gushing waterfalls, one lane quaint bridges, and many unbelievable vistas and sweeping ocean views which are simply begging to be photographed. This drive is one you can do a few times over, and it’s actually worth booking up an East Maui vacation rental home purely to do this incredible journey.
Hana itself is a tiny and remote community-town engulfed in and surrounded by green pastures, but it has several points of interest; the Pi’ilani Temple, constructed in the C15th and Hawaii’s largest temple; Kahanu Gardens, a 290 acre botanical garden filled with native plants and focusing on breadfruit; the Kaia Ranch Tropical Botanical Gardens, a smaller collection of plants but which also includes tropical fruit; and finally, Wai’anapanapa State Park, a park full of glistening streams and sparkling fresh water pools with camping facilities.
There are several beaches near yuor East Maui vacation rental home: Hana Beach Park is a beautiful and secluded spot with choppy waves which make for good body-boarding and surfing conditions; Koki Beach has a unique mixture of red, white, and black sand but is not suitable for swimming due to very strong alongshore currents, although it has a great shaded grassy area ideal for picnics; Kaihalulu Beach, is a stunning and unique red sand beach that has been cited as being the most beautiful beach in the Pacific, and which is protected from the big waves by an offshore reef, but is a little inaccessible due to the sometimes perilous hike along the coast to get to it; Waianapanapa Beach, is another spectacular and distinctive beach, volcanic black sand surrounded by black lava rock face and lush green foliage, and this is a good place for swimming and snorkeling.
You can also visit Haleakala Volcano from your East Maui vacation rental home, a huge shield volcano which actually forms most of the island, peaks at over 10,000 feet, and is surrounded by the Haleakala National Park. This is almost 30,000 acres big, most of which are pure wilderness and otherworldly deserts thaty are best viewed on horseback, and the more tropical landscape which is to be found nearer the bottom and closer to the coast. There are several hiking trails with scenic vistas which go past bamboo forests and gushing streams, three visitor centers, and it also includes the Kipahulu Valley and the beautiful Pools of Oheo, natural tiered pools fed by a series of waterfalls. You can also hike along the Pipiwai Trail to reach the Waimoku Falls, 400 feet high, and then take an unforgettable boardwalk trip through a dense bamboo forest. Al, near your East Maui vacation rental home.
East Maui is spectacular and scenic, a natural landscape which will stay with you forever, and it’s yet another must-see place on the incredible islands of Hawaii.