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Keanae Peninsula

Keanae Rd, Hawaii 96708, USA
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Splash! Maui County Hawaii United States

Ke’anae Peninsula

The world-famous Road to Hana hugs a jagged black lava shore. Past mile marker 16, turn left and explore a traditional village and 1856 stone church, all girdled by taro fields. Centuries ago, Hawaiians carried this soil down—basket by basket—to soften the landscape of young rock, created by a massive flow from Haleakalā. The lush greenery makes for an impressive sight again the sapphire sea and Maui’s famous North Shore waves: photographers should pack plenty of memory cards! Keanae also attracts fishermen and foodies, who shouldn’t miss Aunt Sandy's, one of the best banana bread stands along the Hana Highway (210 Keanae Rd). Stop for a slice and a shave ice—or a pork sandwich if you’re hungrier!

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AFAR Contributor
almost 5 years ago


The Road to Hana hugs tons of brilliant, jagged black lava shore. Around mile 16, pull of the road to explore the Keanae Peninsula. Thee're an old Hawaiian village, taro patches, and a church that dates back to the 1850s. I love watching the waves crash against the lava pinacles - the contrast of the jet black stone against the turquoise water is just brilliant. Keanae is also home to Aunt Sandy's, one of the best banana bread stands along the Hana Highway (you'll see them about every half mile). Make sure you pick up a slice for the rest of the ride.