by Kathy Pardell
Hello readers! A recent trip to Maui provided a lovely family vacation and a chance to spend quality time with my younger brother and his family. I love the sunshine and Hawaii never disappoints. We were able to stay together on the beach in an executive home which had the privacy and peace that my brother had long waited for. To see his story click here.
My husband loves to drive and is not a sun worshipper which meant that soon after we arrived in Kihei, we were off renting a car and driving the island. We planned to drive the Road to Hana which is touted as an excursion and you are advised to stock up on picnic lunches, rain ponchos and other gear as the road is long and windy. Those wth car-sickness Beware!
The trip begins in Paia, a charming little village that features the Hana Picnic Lunch Company-your go-to store for all the necessities you’ll need on your day trip.
Of course, we stocked up, bought the rain gear and set off down the Hana Highway that winded and twisted along the shore and through the Hawaiian rain forest. There were some preferred stops such as;
1.Twin Falls ( see below)
2. the black lava shores of Wai’anapanapa State Park
3. Lookout points such as Ho’okipa with phenomenal views of surfers and boogie boarders, and always, always that gorgeous ocean.
The road to Hana winds and twists 617 times to be exact and extends over 56 bridges! Crazy right? I have to admit it was fun and a bit scary!!
It is a slow 52 miles to Hana but once you arrive you are greeted to a charming seaside village, fresh fruit market, sky-blue churches, home-made popsicles stands that burst with flavour, diners featuring the local catch and shops that boast T-shirts that applaud your odyssey. You are advised to return the way you came as beyond Hana lies a unpaved road that is a bit treacherous especially in the rain (which falls often in this area.)
My hubby loved this trip so much , he did it again by himself three days later while I soaked up the sun.
It may well be labelled The Road to Heaven… Have you traveled the Road to Hana? How about Maui? I’d love to hear in the comments below.