This post is on our experience visiting the Maui Island, Hawaii 🙂
Road to Hana, Maui ~ Hana was one of the main reasons I wanted to visit the Maui Island… The Road to Hana is not about the destination, it’s aLL about the journey. The Road begins in the town of Pa’ia. Taking the recommendations of those who had already traveled Hana in the internet and some of the helpful guidebooks, we were in Pa’ia Town early in the morning, ready to start our Hana journey ahead of tHe other travelers ” 🙂
The drive took us along the coastlines through the lush tropical rainforests and a few small towns. It rained all along the way. Speed limits posted were about 20 and 30 mph. The turns kept us from going much faster and we dint want to ~ with the accidents we could have and the things we’d miss along the way.
We stopped at several pullouts to look at the beautiful lookout / scenic points. Since we started early, we did not experience any difficulty in finding a spot to park our car at the most popular pullouts.
Waterfalls – Hana is filled with so many beautiful waterfalls. Each waterfall is different and unique. My favorites were tHe Three Bears Falls and Wailuaiki Falls. We also found few other small falls along the way that were not marked as ‘stopping points.’
Wai’anapanapa State Wayside Park – The bl@ck sand beach was listed top on our ‘to-go-beaches-in-hawaii’ list. The black sand, sea cliffs, lava arches at this park is something that every person must see once in their lifetime. The waves were very strong. It is literally the most gorgeous place I have ever visited.
Koki Red Sand Beach – I also wanted to visit the Koki beach in Hana town because the photos looked so spectacular. Known for its unique red sand and rocky shoreline, this place was awesome.
Haleakala National Park ~ ‘Ohe’o Gulch was located about 15 minutes past Hana. The area was surrounded with lush green fields and some moisture in the air, and it felt very tropical. We took the shorter hike to one of the seven pools of Ohe’o. Needless to say, we were really tired after our trip along the road to Hana. Pipiwai Trail- The trail is a moderate hike of two miles each way and ends at the base of 400 foot Waimoku Falls.
There are two options on how to leave Hana – retrace the road to hana or continue around the east and south face of Haleakala. All the rental car companies do not allow going further this south face as the route is very dangerous and the roads are narrow, rough and unauthorized. We didn’t let a little thing like ‘the-rental-agreement-stop-us’ and we went on anyway. 😛
All in all, it was one of our favorite days in our trip 🙂
This trip on the road to hana might lead to motion sickness very easily and hence they sell T-shirts saying “I survived road to hana” 😉 I am so glad that we survived and bought the T-shirt as well ! 🙂