Charles Lindbergh’s Resting Place in the remote region of Hana on the island of Maui.

Nov 10, 2020 | General Information

Charles Lindbergh traveled the world in his lifetime. He could have chosen any place on the planet as his final resting place. The place he chose was Hana — a remote settlement on the eastern coast of Maui. He longed for quiet and isolation and found it in this very special place on Maui. Lindbergh’s decision was a testimonial to the beauty and peacefulness of the Hana coast.

As Lindbergh once said, he would rather live one day on Maui than one month in New York. Lindbergh built an A-frame cottage in Hana in 1971. He now rests under the shade of a java plum tree in the quiet isolation he longed for. His grave is in a small cemetary just past the Palapala Ho’omau Congregational Church.

In 1927 Charles Lindbergh made the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. After his historic flight, and the tragic kidnapping and murder of his infant son, he moved his family to Europe to escape the intense media spotlight. Then he discovered Maui and Hana. It was the spirit of the island and the people he found in Hana that gave him the peace he was searching for. Lindbergh died on August 26, 1974. He designed his own grave and even his coffin.

Located eight miles south of Hana, a narrow road leads to the Church which was built in 1857. The surrounding scenery, gardens and coastal views make it a beautiful spot to visit. Walk down to the cliff overlooking the ocean and see why Lindbergh chose this final resting place in Kipahulu just a mile from what was then known as the Seven Sacred Pools but is now referred to as the Pools of Oheo.