Kaulanapueo Church

The Road to Hana

Constructed in 1853 of coral blocks and surrounded by a manicured green lawn, this tidy church remains the heart of the village. It was built in early Hawaiian missionary style, with a spare interior and a tin roof topped by a green steeple. Swaying palm trees add a tropical backdrop. There are no formal opening hours, but the church may be unlocked during the day.

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1. Twin Falls


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2. Koʻolau Ditch

2.55 MILES

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3. Waikamoi Falls

3.42 MILES

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4. Garden of Eden Arboretum


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5. Puohokamoa Falls

4.13 MILES

Immediately after the 11-mile marker you’ll pass Puohokamoa Falls. This waterfall no longer has public access, but you can get a glimpse of it from the…

6. Haipuaʻena Falls

4.21 MILES

For a secluded dip, Haipuaʻena Falls, 0.5 miles past the 11-mile marker, provides a deep and serene pool. Since you can’t see the pool from the road, few…

7. Kaumahina State Wayside Park

4.31 MILES

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8. Honomanu Park

4.94 MILES

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