Instead of turning around when you reach Hana, book a cottage at Travaasa and take your time exploring Maui’s east side. The hotel’s general manager, a fourth-generation Hawaiian, teaches guests traditional throw-net fishing in Hana Bay.
From $350. This appeared in the January/February 2014 issue.
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Horseback riding with Paniolos in Hana
Hana, Maui is a place to escape for the road-weary traveler. With its 620 bends and 54 bridges, the final turn on the road to Hana is the metaphoric pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. And while this remote Hawaiian island destination appeals to kayakers, scuba divers, snorkelers and sun seekers, you should know that Hana is also home to Paniolos - Hawaiian cowboys.
What better way to see Hana and its magnificent coastline than from the back of a horse? Ride with Paniolos through cattle ranches and watch egrets feed alongside horses as ocean waves crash in the distance.
Hana Riding Stables (at Travaasa Hana) offers one hour horseback rides for beginners or advanced riders. Advance reservations are recommended.