Welcome to Kahana Valley
Before Westerners arrived, the Kahana Valley was planted with wetland taro, which thrived in the rainy valley. Archaeologists have identified the remnants of over 120 agricultural terraces and irrigation canals, as well as the remains of a heiau (large stone temple), fishing shrines and numerous hale (house) sites.
In the early 20th century the lower valley was planted with sugarcane, which was hauled north to Kahuku via a small railroad. During WWII the upper valley was taken over by the US military and used to train soldiers in jungle warfare.
The entire area makes a good pause to savor some Hawaiian culture on your driving adventure.