The Road to Hana Part 1

Happy Friday, everyone! This is Memorial Day weekend, and we’re planning another get-together with our family at our house. We’ll be grilling, eating, swimming, etc. I can’t wait!

Before going to Hawaii, I asked for suggestions and recommendations of what to do while on Maui. Several people told me to buy a book called Maui Revealed and others told me we had to drive the Road to Hana. I downloaded a sample of the book and was impressed with it, but we did the entire drive to Hana.

As I mentioned before, our objective while on vacation was to vacation. Friday morning we did things a little different. Instead of going to the pool first, we ran island errands lol. We went down to the activities desk to schedule an excursion of sorts. By the time we were done at the desk, our car rental had been extended, we were signed up for a luau, and I was so excited. The lady at the desk told us to download the Road to Hana Gypsy app.

So, Saturday morning, I was pleasantly surprised that Milton had rented a convertible. It was perfect for our trip. We were to drive a very scenic route to the other side of the island. A convertible was definitely in order.

We’d never heard of the Road to Hana before. From what I understand, the beauty and excitement is not in reaching Hana, but the journey to Hana and the stop beyond that town. We downloaded the app and were on a real adventure.

The app was great. It told us of five must-see stops we should make, but there about twenty-five stops you could make. It gave us some history of the island in general and the Road to Hana (and stops) specifically. I’ll add the pics and then write captions to go along with the group. I will have to split this post into two though because I have a LOT of pics.

So, here goes: We started off the day in our rented Mustang convertible. I was wearing my custom-made swim skirt (read about it here), water shoes, and a beach bag I bought for $6.99 from Sign Here. We were ready to hit the road!

DSC_0452DSC_0453DSC_0456DSC_0461The first stop on the Road to Hana was Twin Falls (and the fruit stand where we bought Maui gold pineapples), but first, a lookout over the Pacific Ocean. Look at how enthused the boys look lol. I promise you they aren’t upset…they just look it haha. We talk about it all the time. They claim they can’t smile properly.DSC_0463 DSC_0462DSC_0488DSC_0466DSC_0486This is how crazy the road was. There were literally times when we had to pull almost into the side of the mountain because the road was so narrow. Also, there are many bridges that are one-lane ONLY and you have to yield to oncoming traffic. Crazy!DSC_0490So, to be honest, we missed the second must-stop site because the app wasn’t working and by the time we figured it out, we were just about to drive by it. We could have turned around but decided not to do so.

The next stop was Nahiku Marketplace. It was a collection of food carts (?). We bought banana macadamia nut bread, coconut pineapple bread, freshly made coconut chips, and I had a macadamia nut latte…soooo good!DSC_0507DSC_0504 DSC_0503DSC_0506 DSC_0505DSC_0510 DSC_0509We were then on our way once again. I think it is only fifty-two miles to get to Hana, but it takes almost four hours to do so! There are hairpin turns, one-lane bridges, multiple stops you can make, and just a desire to take it slow.

The next stop was Waianapanapa State Park. There were caves, the Black Sand Beach, and a blow hole. I think I could have spent the entire day here, but we wanted to get to the stop past Hana. One of my favorite parts of this park was…wait…I loved it all! The black sand was more like large, smooth rocks, small, smooth rocks, and tiny, smooth rocks. They were dark gray until the water hit. Then they were all black. It was majestic.

The blowhole blew twice while we were standing there, but my camera’s battery was dying and I didn’t want it to die waiting for the water to shoot upwards. In the picture, you can see water on the rocks. That’s because the water had just shot up.

The other parts of this park that were utterly gorgeous were the caves. There is one where I’m standing in front of one. We had to bend way down to get in and then you can see the water rushing in. There was another cave that had swimming water in it. I couldn’t get a decent picture because many people were swimming in their swimming suits. I didn’t want to show all that haha.DSC_0572DSC_0511DSC_0516 DSC_0515 DSC_0514DSC_0521DSC_0528 DSC_0527DSC_0525 DSC_0524 DSC_0523DSC_0531DSC_0533 DSC_0555 DSC_0554 DSC_0553 DSC_0552 DSC_0549
DSC_0546 DSC_0545 DSC_0544 DSC_0543 DSC_0542 DSC_0541 DSC_0538 DSC_0537 DSC_0536 DSC_0564DSC_0559 DSC_0558DSC_0566 DSC_0565 DSC_0570DSC_0568And with this, I have to cut this post here. I have too many pics to be able to put it all in one. What do you think of these so far? I understand pictures could never do this place justice. I also did not edit the photos too much because I wanted to keep the beauty as natural as possible.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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