The Hana Highway Maui, Hawaii
One striking and anomalous feature is the tide pool of Wai’anapanapa Cave, which turns blood red in spring. According to legend, this is where the jealous chief Ka’akea killed his wife, Princess Popo’alaea. (The more prosaic scientific explanation attributes the colour to the hatching of millions of ’opae ’ula, a small red shrimp.) Further down the road past the park, in the National Tropical Botanical Garden’s 472-acre Kahanu Garden (home of the world’s largest collection of breadfruit cultivars), you’ll find the extraordinary temple known as Pi’ilanihale Heiau, the largest heiau in Hawaii still intact and a masterpiece of masonry. On the other side of Hana lies the eastern end of Haleakala National Park, at Ohe’o Gulch in Kipuhulu. Also called the ‘Seven Sacred Pools’, this awe-inspiring area has some 24 waterfalls and pools, descending the mountain-like stair steps into the cobalt blue water of the Pacific.