After 52 miles of winding traverse through the Hana Highway, better known as the famed 'Road To Hana,' and you've made it to Hana Town! Hana is a 4,500-acre area previously owned by the Unna Brothers who, in the 1800s, raised sugar cane. In 1935, the area was bought by Paul Fagan who began raising cattle in the area. Today the Hana area is owned by a group of local and mainland investors. Hana is a quaint little town that offers Maui visitors a place to relax away from the mainstream lives they've almost all come to escape. Hana is certainly the place to go to get away from it all. In Hana you can grab a bite to eat at one of the three restaurants in town, you can go shopping in one of the small stores, and you can even talk story (chat) with some of the local folks. We always like to joke with them about the cars parked on the Hana Highway and the fact that they have been there for about two decades now. Oh, they're part of the scenery of the highway now, just too expensive to tow them out, they say with a smile. And in Hana town, a smile is about as genuine a smile as you'll ever find.
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If you have some time to spare, stop by the Hana Cultural Center on Ke'anini Street to view their collection of Hawaiian art and artifacts. Admission is free.
A beautiful spot on your way out of Hana Town is the picturesque Hamoa Beach. It's about a mile off the main highway; look for the sign just as you leave Hana Town heading south to the Seven Pools.
Although the pools are popularly known as the Seven Sacred Pools, look for signs referring drivers to the Oheo Gulch at Kipahulu.