The Ke’anae Peninsula was created from an enormous black lava flow originating from the Haleakala volcano (The House of the Sun). The surrounding area is sparsely populated for the most part, and features stunning vistas and photo opportunities. The dangerous and rocky shoreline of the Ke’anae Peninsula is definitely a paradise for photographers. The rich sapphire blue of the ocean and crystal-white breakers crash down on hard, sharp, black lava rocks, which in turn contrast with the rich verdant green of Maui’s gardens, jungles and farms.
Hawaiian legends say that this part of Maui was the first to be blessed with fresh water. The creator-god Kāne thrust his wooden staff into the hard ground, and water sprang out of the hard volcanic rock. Since then there has always been abundant water, as demonstrated by the abundant waterfalls of Ke’anae. It is also said that centuries ago, an ambitious king ordered soil to be brought in baskets by hand. This does seem plausible as the Ke’anae Peninsula is made from young lava rock in a massive flow from the Haleakala volcano. The last eruption of Haleakala occurred in the late 1700s, but the volcano is still considered active.
The traditional Hawaiian village Ke’anae is known for its taro fields, and no Maui tour of the Ke’anae Peninsula would be complete without sampling some Poi. One of Hawaii’s best-known staple foods, Poi is a starchy Polynesian dish made from the root of the taro plant (also known in the Hawaiian language as kalo). The root of the plant is cooked and mashed until it meets the desired consistency. Poi looks like purple pudding, and some say it tastes similar to mashed potatoes. The taste and consistency varies though, depending on how it is prepared.
Numerous Hawaiian ranches and retreats are located in the Ke’anae Peninsula. There are no shortages of great things to do while you visit this spectacular region of Maui. You may enjoy exploring local ranches, go horseback riding, ziplining, hiking or book a helicopter tour.
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