Linger on in Hana

The gorgeous drive to this remote Maui paradise is only half the fun. Here's how to indulge in it

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  • Ripening on strings apple bananas dangle temptingly at Ono Organic Farms.

    Ono Organic Farms

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WHAT TO DO

Haleakala National Park. Its Pipiwai Trail is an easy 4-mile round-trip hike through scrubland and a bamboo forest to waterfalls. $10 per vehicle; off Hana Hwy.; www.nps.gov/hale or 808/572-4400.

Hamoa Beach. Hana's best beach is a few miles south of town. Off Haneo'o Rd.

Hana Coast Gallery. Leading gallery for Hawaiian artists and craftspeople. At Hotel Hana-Maui; www.hanacoast.com or 808/248-8636.

Holoholo Excursion Tours. Offers a three- to four-hour Hana tour. Times and prices vary; call 808/270-5258 for information and reservations.

Kahanu Garden. Grand heiau and a focus on ethnobotany. Closed Sat-Sun; $10; off Hana Hwy. at milepost 31; www.ntbg.org or 808/248-8912.

Ono Organic Farms. Tours with tastings from Hana's cornucopia. Tours 2:30 Mon and Thu (reservations required); $25; www.onofarms.com or 808/248-7779.

Palapala Ho'omau Church. Constructed from limestone coral, the 1857 church with its tidy steeple has a graceful simplicity that embodies Hana. Aviator Charles Lindbergh is buried here beneath a Java plum tree. Off Hana Hwy. at milepost 41, 8 miles south of Hana in Kipahulu.

Wai'anapanapa State Park. Easy coastal trails, a black-sand beach, and grottolike caves. Off Hana Hwy. on Honokalani Rd.; 808/248-4843.

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