said it is not the destination but the journey, must
of been thinking of the road to Hana. The road is narrow,
winding and can be dangerous to drive. The key to enjoying
this journey is to slow down, bring lots of water and
snacks and be ready to hike away from the road once
in a while. Some people we saw seemed so focused on
getting to Hana that they didn't enjoy the sights on
the way and when they got to the end of the trip were
disappointed. I would suggest getting out of the car
frequently to walk around. If you are prone to car sickness
(even a little bit) take some dramamine (and bring some
extra). Also, start out in the morning or make reservations
to stay the night at Hana and drive back the next day.
If you want to swim, forget about the ocean and dive
into the pools below the waterfalls as the surf on the
north and east sides of Maui is pretty rough almost
everywhere. I would suggest to buy a CD guide, but to
certainly get out of the car more than it suggests.
The attractions below should be in the order you enconter
them on your way to Hana.
should be your first stop for fuel and for food (if
you don't already have it) on the road to Hana. A nice
place for breakfast is Ho‘okipa Beach Park where you
can watch the early morning surfers and windsurfers.
three waterfalls. The first and second are pretty similar
and only around 20 feet tall, but still nice. The third
(less than a 10 minute hike or so upstream is about
200 feet tall. The best view of the waterfalls is from
Puohokamoa Falls Lookout.
are actually two waterfalls here one quite close to
the road that dumps into a pool and one farther up a
trail. We found the hike quite challenging, so I would
say it should only be attempted by the experienced and
State Wayside Park
is a nice little park with some interesting plants a
good view of the coastline and some trails leading to
the ocean and to an overlook. There are covered picnic
facilities and most notably, a porta potty.
is a definate place to get out and stretch your legs
a short hike (~1/2 mile one-way) through a botanical
garden which details native and introduced plants of
Hawaii in a natural setting. I would suggest to put
on the insect repellant before you go here as we encounter
a lot of bugs. Hiking through the huge bamboo trees
was a little surreal for someone who grew up in Iowa...
shore here is quite interesting with eroded lave spikes
and quite rough. This area is one of the most active
areas for growing taro in the state of Hawaii. There
is a small village which is interesting and a church
built in 1856, which is the only building on the Peninsula
to survive the 1946 tsunami.
is a nice view of the shoreline and the village from
Ka'a State Wayside Park
is a nice place to stop for a snack and to walk around.
The trail head is across from the parking lot and will
lead you to several waterfalls and pools that are nice
for swimming. The trail winds near one of the falls
and is kind of slippery, so be careful!
falls are sometimes referred to a Blue Angel Falls (I
don't know why). There is a trail leading down to the
ocean and the falls are just a few feet from the ocean.
If you go swimming here, use caution as we saw someone
fall on the slippery rocks trying to exit the pool.
is a 122-acre state park with a nice looking black sand
beach, sea caves, stone arch, hiking trails, and remnants
of the first road built to Hana. The beach looks great
(you have probably seen it on calendars before), but
the surf was pretty rough and there was a really strong
rip tide pulling you back out, so we didn't go in very
far. There are enough trails and interesting things
to see to keep your interest.
safe swimming here, but avoid going out to far (beyond
the lighthouse) as the currents are pretty strong. Probably
one of the few places on the east or north side of the
island for good swimming.
sea arch. I wouldn't suggest the beach for swimming
as the currents seemed pretty strong, but there seemed
to be good surfing.
to the Hotel Hana Maui. Nice beach surrounded by vegetation,
but a bit of a hike from parking on the road (none near
the beach). One caution is that there are NO protecting
reefs here and the surf can get pretty high. Caution
the coolest waterfall (depending on the water level
it is either one or two falls) you will see on your
trip at about 80 feet. If they look familiar, then you
probably saw them on the opening credits to the show
Fantasy Island. There is a trail leading down to the
pool (again slippery), but worth it to cool off.
Gulch (7 pools)
may be more or less pools depending on the rainfall
in this area. You will be entering the Haleakala National
Park here and there are many things to see in the numerous
trails around the pools. It seemed to get a little busy
after lunch as more people came in to cool off.
Hana area has pretty good hiking, and one trail to definately
check out is the Pipiwai Trail which takes about 3-4
hours round trip. The trail will allow you to see the
Makahiku Falls, the Infinity Pool and the Waimoku Falls
(almost 400 feet!). The trail starts near the Ohe'o
south of the seven pools is the grave of the famous
aviator Charles Lindberg who died here in 1974. Now
it is time to turn around and retrace the road to Hana,
unless you have a four wheel drive with a lot of clearance
to make it on the south road. If you are thinking of
doing this with your rental car, then check the contract.
Most insurance coverage is void if you drive on this