Hamoa Beach, Maui

Hamoa Beach

Legendary travels scribes from Michener to Twain have waxed of the beauty of lonely Hamoa. Sandy, sheltered, and dripping in palms, this remote stretch of shoreline on the eastern tip of Maui can make the case for Maui’s best beach.

Nevertheless, despite the fame and the inarguable beauty, Hamoa is often more empty than full.

The reason?

One of the biggest mistakes of Maui visitors is rushing the famous “Road to Hana”, a lush ribbon of twisting asphalt which is a struggle to accomplish in a single day. A better plan is to spend a night in Hana so you can linger with banana bread, bathe beneath waterfalls, and not have to bypass places like Hamoa.

Then again, people like this standup paddler with the wave to himself might prefer you keep driving and simply pass it by.

You can find this photo as a highlight on Afar…

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