Keanae Peninsula & Area
Go At Least Halfway To Hana
Keanae peninsula pushes out defiantly into the North Pacific, birthed by lava from the Haleakala volcano. This piece of land has suffered numerous changes and tragedies. The first people carried soil down from the mountain to create a lush food-growing area. Unfortunately, itʻs open to tsunamis and one such one swept over this land in the 1940s.
This is a must-stop area for all visitors taking to the road to Hana for the day. Beautiful overlooks, waterfalls, and pools, competing family-run banana bread stands, a coral stone church, incredible shoreline full of tidepools and sharp lava rock as well as big waves!
Historically it has been an important area to the Hawaiians for a number of geographical reasons. The gap above Keanae provides less steep access to the mountain and the resources around it. There are a lot of streams that feed the Wailua Valley, situated above Keanae that would have supported a good population. The cliffs and itʻs access points to the ocean would have made this area a more easily defendable area during times when conflict was part of a yearly cycle.
Unlike other areas of the island, Keanaeʻs ahupuaa is separated by cliffs so the farming and hunting areas up the mountain were not easily accessible from the ocean and the canoes which was the primary mode of trade and transportation. The alii (chiefs) of the time decided that it was important enough to terraform a barren spit of lava into some of the most productive farmland in Hawaii.
Almost every Hana sightseeing tour makes it out to visit Keanae as itʻs the halfway point to Hana and for those who just want a small taste, it gives you a lot for the time.
Flying over the Hana coastline is a must. You will see so many more waterfalls and really appreciate the area, especially if you plan to drive through it later. The helicopter tours we are offering all fly over the Keanae Peninsula and some may go up the valley near the borders of Haleakala National Park too.