This is a must see because… well, it’s so understated, peaceful, quaint and it’s such a timeless, beautiful setting that simply stopping here can affect you just the way it did Charles Lindbergh. The world famous aviator could have been buried anywhere in the world but made this his final resting place.
Going there to see the serene church, beautiful trees, curious grave stones and buried animals will connect you to a special time and place when the essence of Hana ruled the land. It takes you back to a simpler time, if only for a brief moment, that we still long to experience.
Making it out to this remote place is a very special part of the Hana experience. For most people this is the “turn around spot” where they begin the return journey back to Hana, traveling along the Hana Highway, back past Keanae and finally into Paia and Kahului, but for a select few it’s a much deeper connection.
And, FYI, this is the time of day/night when drivers really need to be careful. Most accidents will happen as people get tired or if they start back a bit too late and have to drive part or all of the way at night. It’s a challenging, but beautiful drive home into the sunset (make sure you have sunglasses) or through the pitch dark night. Beware though, the jungle canopy makes it even darker than usual. The danger level increases considerably during these times, but there is some comfort in being able to see car lights before you attempt to go around the previously blind corners. Just take your time. After all, you’re on vacation!
The sunset will be extremely intense, so give plenty of space between you and the next car and go slow. The road coming from the opposite direction will seem very different. You will see more waterfalls and other views that you might have missed earlier in the day because of the density of the greenery.