Homesteading in Hana, Maui

On Saturday, June 24 we embarked on a one-day journey to Hana, Maui. This date happened to be my mom’s 94th birthday had she lived (she died in February 2017). The long and winding road led us on a trip down memory lane. I spent childhood summers with my grandparents in Hana and we still have homestead property there. Enjoy! Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

The drive to Hana takes about 2 hours each way over many twists and turns and over 57 bridges.

I remember jumping into these fresh water pools to swim with my teenage friends. The area is now an official rest stop easily accessible off the Hana highway.

Wainapanapa State Park was our first stop on the road to Hana.  I used to swim in the freshwater cave before it became popular. (Photo of husband Rich Tom)

We enjoyed our picnic lunch at Hana Bay. I spent many happy summers with my grandparents in Hana and Hamoa, and used to have fun swimming and jumping off the rocks into the water with my country cousins as a child.

After seeing our homestead property in Hamoa (just outside Hana), we headed back home and stopped at the Wailua overlook. My Aunty Maggie used to farm taro in the valley.




Mele Fong is a professional singer, song arranger, and master of multiple strumming styles for the 'ukulele. She is an experienced educator with over 50+ years experience playing the 'ukulele and entertaining worldwide. Mele performs with her husband in the duo "The Hawaiian Serenaders" and leads student groups. In 1996, the duo represented the State of Hawai'i in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Mele and her husband Richard Tom were both born and raised on Oahu and now reside in Maui.