When planning vacation activities, most people don’t add “visiting a grave” to their to-do list. But Charles Lindbergh’s grave in Maui, Hawaii, is an exception. Charles Lindbergh was an American aviator who made the first nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. He moved to Maui in 1968 and settled in the remote area of Kipahulu. The region’s privacy, beauty, and simplicity captivated Lindbergh instantly.
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Charles Lindbergh decided against treatment and lived out his final days in Maui. He passed away in 1975 and was buried under the shade of a Java plum tree. The famous explorer’s final resting place is now one of the most popular stops on the Road to Hana and draws tourists from all over the world. Here are some things you should know before you visit this sacred spot.
About the Palapala Ho’omau Church
Lindbergh’s grave is a simple granite slab laid upon lava stones, located in the yard behind the Palapala Congregational Church. Built in 1857, the historic church sits on a cliff overlooking the dramatic coastline. It’s also the first building to greet the morning sunrise on Maui. The church grounds provide a serene setting for meditation and reflection, and Charles Lindbergh loved this peaceful part of the island.
Visit Charles Lindbergh’s Grave
The Palapala Ho’omau Church welcomes all visitors who wish to view Charles Lindbergh’s grave. We suggest grabbing lunch on the way and enjoying it in the adjoining park. You can also wake up early and visit the church at sunrise for an unforgettable view. Make sure to read the Bible inscription on Charles’ humble headstone, which beautifully states, “If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea…”
Local Tip: When walking around this area, remember to be respectful of the land. Look out for the many flowers and gifts placed throughout the graveyard. It’s a very special place to the people who live here!
Stop by Haleakalā National Park
While you’re in the area, be sure to take a trip to Haleakala National Park. It’s a 5-minute drive from the church and features 33,365 acres of rainforest, volcanic craters, and vast wilderness. The park is also one of the most popular hiking spots on the island and has over 35 miles of trails where native birds, rare plants, and photo ops abound.
Come Home to the Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono
Now that you know all about Charles Lindbergh’s grave, it’s time to start planning your trip to Maui! Be sure to download a Road to Hana map to help guide your journey, then book your stay at the Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono. Because of our inn’s central location, our guests can enjoy a 30-minute head start on the Road to Hana ahead of the crowds and can experience the ultimate adventure through Maui. Afterward, come back to our beautiful guest rooms and relax. We can’t wait to hear all about your trip over breakfast the next morning!
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