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The Ke’anae Peninsula was created from an immense lava flow originating from Haleakala Crater. Today it is home to a few local residents, taro fields, world class fishing, and great photo opportunities of the North Shore’s powerful waves crashing against Maui’s black, jagged, lava rocks.

The Church that Survived a Tsunami

Keanae Peninsula Church MauiThe old stone church is called Ihi’ihio Iehowa o na Kaua church in the Hawaiian language. It was built in 1856 and is the sole surviving building of the April 1st, 1946 tsunami which wiped out the entire village at Keanae Peninsula. The earthquake that caused the killer tsunami originated in the Aleutian island chain off the coast of Alaska which registered as an 8.6 on the richter scale.

The waves that hit Maui Island, Hawaii topped 35 feet, or 12 meters, but near the tsunami’s epicenter the waves topped 35 meters, or over 100 feet. There was no tsunami warning system in the Pacific at the time, so Hawaii was caught completely off guard. No one saw it coming. Maui island alone lost 20 children and 4 teachers to the wave, a huge loss for a village as small has Ke’anae’s.

The only positive outcome from this tragedy was the development and implementation of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center which was, and still is, headquartered on Ewa Beach on Oahu, Hawaii.


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Black Sand Beach
Waianapanapa State Park boasts a beach that is unlike any other on the island of Maui. It's a black sand beach, created by thousands of years of pounding surf on this geologically fresh lava flow... A perfect spot for sunbathing and picture taking! Take a beachwalk...
Beautiful Waterfalls
The road to Hana reveals stunning waterfalls, cradled by a lush tropical rain forest, around nearly every turn of the highway. Get your camera ready! See the Waterfalls
Palapala Ho'omau Church
The final resting place of the American aviation legend, Charles Lindbergh. Quiet and full of reverence, visitors of all ages flock to this pioneering aviator's grave site throughout the year. Experience the peacefulness
Tedeschi Winery
Experience Maui's only winery, located upcountry, in Ulapalakula. Take a moment to have a sip of delightful, tropically-inspired vino including their award winning Plantation Red and then bring a bottle, or two, back to your hotel for an aperitif. A great way to end a perfect day! Sip some wine...
Pools at Oheo Gulch
The Pools of Oheo are located in the Kipahulu Section of Haleakala National Park. Great for swimming, relaxing, daydreaming and taking some photos of a lifetime! Go for a swim!
Keanae Peninsula
Centuries ago Hawaiians brought soil down, by hand, from the mountains to create the Keanae Peninsula. Their amazing display of physical labor is a testament to how revered this land is in Hawaiian culture. It is no wonder so much history is found here! Learn more...

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