Maui, Hawaii 2007 Monday
Road to Hana
"THE ROAD TO HANA" - Equipped with Hana Cassette Guide's Drive of the Hana Coast and the map, provided by brother Bill, and sister-in-law Cheryl, we left our cottage at 7:00 AM for the 34 mile trip, which winds thru 600 + curves and crosses 54 one lane bridges. We lost count.
First stop - McDonalds - for coffee, tea and a little sticky bun. This trip is going to take energy food! It started raining before we even started the trip.
Hookipa Beach Park
Hookipa Beach Park is one of the top spots for ocean sports and recreation in Maui. Located at Mile #9 on Hâna Highway (36), Paia, this breath-taking white sand beach boasts some of the best waves on the Maui coastline. We stopped and watched the surfers (in the rain).
This huge snail was just moving along at a "snail's pace" along the rocks. He was fun to watch (in the rain).
Weirs are cement structures that collect water running down streams through the valleys, and redirect it into the EMI ditch (East Maui Irrigation Company), which then sends the water out to Central Maui to irrigate the sugar fields. These ditches were built by hand over 100 years ago by Chinese immigrant labor.
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This photo is a good representation as to how the road is cut into the side of the mountains. The view was outstanding.
This picture of us was taken at the Wailua Overlook. What a view.
We pulled over a lot, as did the dozens of other cars, to take pictures of the falls. We stopped at all the falls where there was a place to pull over, but some pictures were taken as we drove by.
This is Honomanu Bay. The average yearly rainfall in this area is 365 inches. There were two pull-offs near the top to park and enjoy the view. The road leading down to the bay is very rocky and you can damage your car. Not a good idea with a rental. We just looked from the top. The brown water is fresh rain run-off roaring into the bay.
Ke'anae Arboretum is the best place to see all of the tropical plants and flowers of Hawaii. It was a very lovely park-like walk. The different species were labeled, which was nice.
Really cool tree with tall flat roots. Can't find out the name of it.
We loved the "Rainbow Eucalyptus" trees. They really show their colors when the trunk is wet.
"Halfway to Hana", just past mile marker 17, is a unique refreshment stand called , you guessed it! "Halfway to Hana". We bought some coconut candy and a couple of postcards here, and they gave us a free "Halfway to Hana" pen.
This photo is of the Ke'anae Peninsula. There are over 180 Taro fields here today. Taro is used to make poi, a traditional Hawaiian food.
Nahiku has a little roadside stop with local entrepreneurs selling food, drink, candy, and we found a lovely red coral butterfly, supposedly made in Hawaii, which we had to have.
At approximately mile marker 27 on the map, it is indicated that we had just passed through the Hana Coast Rainforest. It stopped raining and became quite sunny. The average yearly rainfall here is only 71 inches, and the average temperature is 77 degrees. We put the top down for the rest of the trip.
ATM - the butterfly wasn't "that expensive"! This was at the fast food stand at the State Park. We did not eat here. Just used the restrooms.
This beautiful black sand beach in in Pailoa Bay in Wai'anapanapa State Park.
We had lunch at the Hana Ranch Restaurant. The lunch menu was limited so we had cheeseburgers and fries, coffee and tea, $31.25. The restaurant was nice and the view, as always was wonderful. We have decided that in Maui, you really don't pay much for the food, you pay for the view.
Halenala National Park
Driving on, where the road really got skinny, we went to Haleakala National Park at Kipahulu. We paid our $10.00 parking fee, and asked the nice Ranger how to get to the "bamboo forest". He pointed us to a trail, said to take it, cross the road, and continue on it for about a half hour. So we started hiking, and about thirty minutes later ran into people coming back down the steep trail, and asked them "how far?" and they said, "only about half an hour".
About 20 minutes later we passed another group and asked "how far?", and they said, . . . you guessed it . . ."only about half and hour". And we were hiking at a pretty fast pace. Honest! Next group said about 10 minutes, so at this point we just kept going, up and up and up . . .
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Ellis really likes being up this high!
Finally, we crossed two little bridges, went up some stairs (very strange), and we were in the "bamboo forest". It really is beautiful, dark, and you can hear the bamboo clack when the wind blows. It would be real easy to get lost in there.
Rock stairs to forest
Bamboo is not native to Maui. It was originally brought to Hawaii by the first Chinese laborers who used the root for food and the stalk for construction.
Bamboo forest from the trail
Made it to the top
The gate is attached to a fence in the middle of the woods to keep the wild pigs from killing the birds. The bird population in Maui is very small.
On the way back to Kihei we went through Ho'okipa Beach Park again and took a couple of beautiful sunset pictures of the surfers. No more rain.
After the long drive back we pulled into Marco's Grill & Deli in Kahului. Ellis had ITALIAN SAUSAGE & LINGUINI, Homemade Italian sausage in tomato sauce with peppers & onions. Ginny had PASTA & BASIL, Penne pasta, fresh basil, mushrooms, onions, peppers, tomatoes, Greek olives, zucchini, roasted peppers & feta cheese. It was a terrific meal and the perfect end to a very long day.