Red, White, Black Sand Beach...
The choice is yours... They are all here in Hana
In the usual sense...
"There's little to do here."
No nightclubs, fire-dancers or high rise,
neon-lit resorts... However, Hana is considered one of the last unspoiled areas of Hawaii - a perfect place to enjoy doing "nothing"!
There are many natural attractions, including Waianapanapa State Park (black sand), secluded Red Sand Beach, Lava Tubes, and Pi'ilani Heiau (the largest temple in Hawaii). The eastern end of Haleakala State Park is 20 min. past Papalani. The park includes O'heo Gulch (aka Seven Sacred Pools) and a memorable hike up an ancient valley through a bamboo forest to Waimoku falls. The giant bamboo, clacking in the wind like a Roshi's call to meditation, prepares one for entry into one of the most majestic, yet peaceful, natural amphitheaters in Hawaii.
One of those unspoiled areas is just across the street from Papalani. Meander for 4 minutes along a path to Waioka Pond for a refreshing dip, where the stream meets the sea in a sparkling pool. Hamoa Beach (pictured on our Home Page) is only a three minute drive. Hana itself, just ten minutes from Papalani, has a post office, gas station, gift shops, art gallery, two or three restaurants, a number of local "plate lunch" options, and Hasegawa's General Store. (If you need it, they have it; anything they don't have, you probably don't really need.)