Hana is known for offering inspiration and respite for an array of individuals who have visited the island and experienced its magic over the years. A haven for the creative mind, this quiet, beautiful slice of heaven has been a home away from home for musicians, artists and philanthropists alike. In honor of Vitality Month, meander through time with a few notable names who have found peace and inspiration in Hana’s perfect paradise.
Media proprietor and philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey recently enlisted Bio-logical Capital’s Hawaii operation to create a sustainable farm on her land in Upcountry Maui last summer. Oprah dedicated sixteen of her several hundred acres in Kula to creating a regenerative approach to farming which includes a variety of crops with more than 100 species of fruits, vegetables and herbs.
Mother of American Modernism, Georgia O’Keeffe, is most well known for her depictions of the arid Southwest region of the United States. In 1939, she was offered the opportunity to participate in a Dole pineapple advertising campaign that sent her to the Pacific islands to depict a very different landscape than what she was used to. While visiting Hawaii, O’Keeffe reported on Hana’s dark rain forests, exuberant flora, black sand beaches and lava washed into “sharp and fantastic shapes.”
Charles Augustus Lindbergh is best known for his historic trans-Atlantic flight from New York to Paris in 1927. What people may not know, is that he chose to take his final flight from a New York hospital to Hana, Maui in 1974 to spend his last few days in paradise with his family. Lindbergh thought Maui was one of the most beautiful places he’d ever seen as “there is nothing quite comparable when you think of waterfalls, natural swimming pools, and the ocean beyond.” Charles Lindbergh was laid to rest in a small church graveyard in Kipahulu.
Lead guitarist of iconic rock and roll band, The Beatles, George Harrison found unrequited peace on the island of Maui during his twenty-year, part-time residence on the island. The Quiet Beatle lived up to his name on the island, hardly ever leaving his estate, keeping a low profile and never performing in public as far as anyone can recall.