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Tip: This little town on Maui’s north shore was once best known for being the last stop on the road to Hana.
Peaceful Hanalei is a charming small town of co-existing contrasts. New-age artists and salt-of-the-earth farmers rub elbows with wide-eyed vacationers and laid-back locals. Hanalei, a village of little shops and eateries invite exploration. Watch for offbeat, handpicked, upscale but not outrageous. Don’t hurry in Hanalei – instead browse the galleries looking for stylish, tropical fashion and art objects carved in rare native Hawaiian woods. Hang out at a sidewalk table while cooling off with a refreshing “shave ice” in flavors like coconut or lychee.
Hanalei Bay was rated #1 by Dr. Beach for 2009, while Ke’e, Makua and Ha’ena Beaches offer their own recreational delights. Hike the Okolehau Trail, which begins at the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge and explore the Ha’ena caves on the way to Ke’e Beach.?Lumahai Beach is where Mitzi Gaynor “washed that man right out of my hair” in the film, “South Pacific.” Saturday offers and farmers market and on Sunday, Hawaiian hymns are performed at Waioli Huiia Church. After a busy day of exploration, kick back, relax, and watch a luminous sunset over Hanalei Bay.