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Hidden Cemetery near Hana.
You'll find lots of trails and paths to walk along in Maui. Just be sure that you know where it is that path or trail is taking you. At times you might encounter private property closed to the public or sacred ground as we encountered. When we encountered this cemetery near the Red Sand beach in Hana , we turned back as it seemed the only way through was to walk over some burial spots. We chose not to disrespect the people buried there. I must say this, I would love for my final resting ground to be here. What better way to pass eternity than by looking out into the blue waters of the Pacific.
One of countless waterfalls along the Hana Highway
When driving on the Hana Highway, it seems that almost every corner presents you with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean or a small yet majestic waterfall. Try not to make every single stop or you will never get to your destination. However, make a couple of stops. Many of these little treasures are well worth the visit.
University of Hawaii Lunar and Solar Observatory
Unfortunately, the observatory is off limits but the you can get fairly close when you get to the top of Haleakala Crater's peak. The US Air Force and the University of Hawaii run this Astronomical Observatory jointly. The Air Force uses their 12-foot diameter scope to optically sweep space, tracking space junk that could collide with existing satellites. I read that it could spot objects the size of a golf ball! Astronomers also bounce laser beams off retro-reflectors left on the moon by the Apollo astronauts in the 1970's. By timing the reflection, they can measure the speed of continental drift. So enjoy the sight from a distance. Otherwise, face being "abducted."
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