On day two we conquered the Road to Hana. We found Doug, the driver-tour guide-photographer on Craigslist and I was grateful. I can share his information with anyone going to Maui. I would highly recommend him. Without him, I think Scott would have made us turn around with a comment like, “This could NOT be the way. We are lost. Let’s go back to the resort and make a vodka tonic.” Doug made us press on.
The Road to Hana is 150 miles of hairpin turns and one lane bridges–59 of them. It took us 12 hours with stops. We got extra insurance on the car, which was good because we actually knocked a mirror with someone passing the other direction. We started the way that most people don’t, doing the Road counterclockwise. This got us to the 400 foot waterfall before the crowd. But before we got to the waterfall, we drove through Hawaiian ranches and some other really interesting terrain.
We hiked 1.8 miles up, seeing sights along the way–the 7 Sacred pools, a bamboo forest, a super old tree that had incredible tentacle-like branches, and finally made it to one of the most majestic sights: the bottom of a huge waterfall called Waimoku Falls. Incredible.
When we finally made it to Hana we ate lunch at this cool open air Thai restaurant. But for the record, you don’t do the road to Hana to get there. You go for the journey. But I found Hana charming, especially this place.
I am pretty sure we ate next to Kris Kristopherson, which was so cool. The food was some of the best we had on the trip.
After lunch, we made several stops. One was to see this lava cave and black beach. We also swam in a freshwater cave.
We pretty much ate our way through the road to Hana. The coconut ice cream was my favorite.
This dude’s name is Eu. He says he is moving to Austin. I don’t doubt it.
More beautiful sites from the day…