Charles Lindbergh Grave
One of the greatest American heroes of the 20th Century, aviator Charles Lindbergh, spent the last years of his life here on the island of Maui. Charles Augustus Lindbergh (1902-1974) achieved instant, world-wide acclaim upon completion of the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean on May 20-21, 1927. Other pilots had crossed the Atlantic before him. But Lindbergh was the first person to do it alone nonstop.
Known as Lucky Lindy, Lindberg completed the Atlantic crossing in 33.5 hours. Greeted in Paris by over 100,000 people, Lindberg’s achievement in 1927 has been compared by many to Neil Armstrong’s first walk on the moon. Coming home, Lindbergh was greeted by a massive ticker tape parade in New York City and was a sensation across the nation.
The Charles and Anne Lindberg’s first child, Charles III, was born in 1930. Two years later, the two year old Charles was abducted and held for ransom. The tragic drama gripped the nation and culminated after ten weeks when the child’s body was discovered less than a mile from the family’s home. The perpetrator was apprehended in 1934 and eventually executed for his crime.
Lindbergh was active as an advisor to the army and navy in the Pacific theater of World War II, logging over 50 missions against the Japanese. He took to writing after the War and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1954 for his autobiography, “The Spirit of St. Louis.” Charles also became an active advocate for protecting the environment, particularly campaigning for the protection of humpback whales.
Lindbergh spent the last six years of his life on the lush Hana coast on the Island of Maui. He died of lymphoma cancer in his home near Hana, at the age of 72. Today the Charles Lindbergh grave is on the remote grounds of the Palapala Hoâomau Church in beautiful Kipahulu eight miles south of Hana just past mile marker #41. The limestone coral chapel, built in 1857, still stands here. Lindbergh’s simple headstone grave marker is under the shade of a Java plum tree in the church cemetery.