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The eastern section of Maui includes Haleakala National Park which encompasses the island’s highest volcanic peak, the pools and waterfalls of Ohe’o Gulch, accessed via scenic, winding Hana Highway, and the cluster of small towns up the slopes of Haleakala called the Upcountry.

At 10,000 feet above sea level, Haleakala's dormant volcanic crater offers breathtaking vistas and invigorating hikes.

At the peak is the Haleakalā High Altitude Observatory Site, Hawaii's first astronomical research observatory.

The lava formations along the Ke'anae coastline are dramatic.

Ke'anae village was almost wiped out by a tsunami in 1946 except for the immovable stone church.

Kahanu garden is a Polynesian botanical garden and the site of the largest Heiau (temple) on the island.

At Wai'anapanapa Park, there is a black sand beach, a sea cave, a lava arch and some fresh-water caves.

The Hana Highway snakes along the northern and eastern coasts of East Maui. With 600 turns and 50 bridges, it provides spectacular views of coastline, rainforest and waterfalls.

A viewpoint at Kaumahina State Wayside provides a glimpse of traditional farms and poi fields.


Makawao Union Church, built of lava stone, is considered one of the 12 most beautiful historical churches in Hawai'i. 

The Upcountry area includes the towns of Paia, Haiku, Makawao and Pukalani.


Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center provides artisan studios, art classes and a gallery.



Bilingual services at Ka'ahumanu Church in Wailuku, the Buddhist Enlightenment Stupa in Paia, and the Japanese Nio Guardians in Kaanapali attest to the multi-ethnic nature of Hawaiian culture.


Beaches along the north shore are more rugged and have wilder surf.

Along the roadways fruit stands serve local produce and shave ice.

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