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Kipahulu

End of the road

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For many people, Kipahulu is the end of the road on Maui. Certainly, car rental companies don’t want you to drive beyond Kipahulu on the island’s southeastern coast. And most people hesitate to take the cliff-hugging sometimes unpaved road that completes the drive around Haleakala.

But press on a few miles beyond Hana on the famed drive.  Don’t expect to find anything that looks like a small town. Kipahulu is a district with a few scattered houses. You will find the O‘heo Gulch section of Haleakala National Park. It contains Pipiwai Stream that tumbles down the mountain in a series of falls and pools.  Pipiwai Trail, one of the best hikes on Maui, follows upstream through a series of eerie bamboo forests to Waimoku Falls about two sweaty miles in.

Beyond the national park, you’ll find Charles Lindergh’s grave in tiny Palapala Hoomau Church yard. Turn left where you see the Maui Stables sign.

Kapahu Living Farm, which sponsors the East Maui Taro Festival in April is here, as well as ONO Organic Farm. Or you can be as active as you like in Kipahulu; It’s beauty is in its quiet.


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