History

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Hana, nestled amid a mountainous region of Maui, has a rich history, full of trading, conquer and lore.  The Polynesians arrived between 500-800 AD, and became Maui’s first capital city. In the 14th century, Hana’s Chief Piilani used Hana’s remote location as a base of operations to conquer the rest of the island.  He is also said to have built irrigation fields, paved roads, and the Piilanihale Heiau, which is still standing.

In 1849, sea captain George Wilfong brought commerce to the isolated village when he created the first sugar plantation on over 60 acres of Hana landscape.

By the 20th century, sugar, rubber, pineapple and tobacco were all being grown.