Location: Hana, Hawaii
While pulled over on the side of the road comforting two kiddos with car sickness (the only con about this trip), a car approached us and a young lady peeked her head out of the window and asked, "is there anything up there?" pointing of course to the road ahead. " Oh yeah, plenty", I answered back. The quote "it is the journey, not the destination" couldn't have been more true while road tripping to Hana. The road to Hana, also referred to as The Land that Time Forgot and rightly so, is a 64.4 mile long stretch of decidedly underdeveloped part of Maui. The curvy coastal roads with views of the ocean, cliffs, beaches, waterfall and miles, and miles of rainforest is absolutely breathtaking (sigh)!
While I could try to write a guide to the Road to Hana, I feel it's best to leave that to the pro. Instead download this app or buy a CD like we did and play it. Follow the guide to a T or not, it is really the way to go when doing Hana getting some history and more importantly not skipping out on the scenic highlights of the trip. Because I've trekked this road in the past, I wanted to revisit some areas I really enjoyed like this Three Bear Falls, skipped on some and discover new ones to explore. After all, they're are just so many things to do and explore.
For me, The Road to Hana is about rolling down your windows and taking in some fresh air and simply enjoying the endless sights along and off the road. Stopping often of course at fruit stands the lined the roads for a taste of fresh coconut juice and other tropical fruits and samplings of other hawaiian cuisines and treats. There are also plenty of opportunities for hiking, sight-seeing, photography and swimming.
Ive read that you could drive the Road to Hana in 2.5 hours. Plenty of stops exploring made it an 8 hour of pure bliss for us. Our last stop worth mentioning is the Waianapanapa State Park. The black sand beach created by rough surf pounding on fresh lava flow for thousands of years is a must stop sight for its sheer beauty. There are also caves and blow holes to explore not to mention a camping ground for those interested.
As I have mentioned earlier, The Road to Hana is mostly rainforest and has so many micro climates. For that reason, it may be drizzling and sunny all within a few minutes apart. For this trip, I wore this off shoulder dress that was not only comfortable but also served as a cover up and because it was pretty light weight it dried quickly too. If you are planning on taking a dip whether in the ocean or in to the many waterfalls, remember to take a large enough tote to carry some beach essentials and shoes that you wouldn't mind getting muddied up. Remember, you will have to do a bit of hiking to these areas.
Have you been to Hana? I would love to hear about your trip. If you are planning a trip to Maui soon or simply have questions, feel free to ask away.
Wearing: Dress (MLM), Hat, (Janessa Leone, similar for $24 only!), Shoes (Aquazurra knock off)