The Road to Hana, Maui

If you’re just tuning in, I’m finishing up posts of the beauty I experienced on my spring break trip to Maui with my high school friends Samantha and Shara.  Near the end of our trip, Samantha and I took a day to explore the Road to Hana on Maui (Shara and Mike have done that trip quite a few times, so they sat this one out).  Sadly, the weather didn’t cooperate with us for spectacular blue sky photos, but it was still a memorable day exploring such a gorgeous area.

The Road to Hana is a remarkable road full of twists and turns and over 45 one-lane bridges (which usually coincided with a beautiful waterfall right next to it) that leads to the town of Hana on the east side of Maui.  It took a few hours to get to our destination, Kipahulu in Haleakala National Park, with many stops along the way to enjoy the gorgeous beaches, waterfalls, and other unique sights.

The end of our trip (before we took the road back in the evening) included a four mile hike through the National Park (and a breathtaking bamboo forest) in POURING rain (hence the lack of amazing bamboo and waterfall photos since I wanted my camera to survive) to Waimoku Falls.  They were pretty spectacular, especially with all the recent rain to make them more powerful… totally worth the rainstorm hike.  As Sam and I lamented the weather initially, we decided to embrace the day we were given and the chance to make so many memories.  Check out the sights below!

 

Taro fields

Taro fields

 

The Three Bears falls

The Three Bears falls

 

Three Bears Falls

Three Bears Falls

 

Just a random waterfall seen on the side of the road during our drive.  I almost got tired of them!

Just a random waterfall seen on the side of the road during our drive. I almost got tired of them!

An entrance into some lava tubes that we explored.  We were thankful to run into people with flashlights... it was dark in there!

An entrance into some lava tubes that we explored. We were thankful to run into people with flashlights… it was dark in there!

 

Inside the lava tubes.

Inside the lava tubes.

 

Wai'anapanapa Black Sand Beach

Wai’anapanapa Black Sand Beach

 

Wai'anapanapa Black Sand Beach

Wai’anapanapa Black Sand Beach

 

A different perspective of Wai'anapanapa Black Sand Beach

A different perspective of Wai’anapanapa Black Sand Beach

 

Wai'anapanapa Black Sand Beach

Wai’anapanapa Black Sand Beach

 

A blow hole in action at Wai'anapanapa Black Sand Beach

A blow hole in action at Wai’anapanapa Black Sand Beach

 

I sort of enjoyed taking photos here.  :)

I sort of enjoyed taking photos here. 🙂

 

Near Hana- this was the non-treacherous part of the hike to the red sand beach.

Near Hana- this was the non-treacherous part of the hike to the red sand beach.

 

Red Sand Beach on Kaihalulu Bay

Red Sand Beach on Kaihalulu Bay

 

Red Sand Beach on Kaihalulu Bay

Red Sand Beach on Kaihalulu Bay

 

Red Sand Beach on Kaihalulu Bay

Red Sand Beach on Kaihalulu Bay

 

Red Sand Beach on Kaihalulu Bay

Red Sand Beach on Kaihalulu Bay

 

Red Sand Beach on Kaihalulu Bay- I love the red and turquoise.

Red Sand Beach on Kaihalulu Bay- I love the red and turquoise.

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With one of many waterfalls along the road.

With one of many waterfalls along the road.

 

Pools of ‘Ohe’o (aka Seven Sacred Pools) inside the National Park

Pools of ‘Ohe’o (aka Seven Sacred Pools) inside the National Park

 

On the hike on Pipiwai Trail

On the hike on Pipiwai Trail

 

The best pic I could get of the bamboo forest on Pipiwai Trail- if it wasn't for the rain, I'd have some really gorgeous pics from there.

The best pic I could get of the bamboo forest on Pipiwai Trail- if it wasn’t for the rain, I’d have some really gorgeous pics from there.

 

After a two mile hike in the pounding rain, this was our reward- Waimoku Falls.

After a two mile hike in the pounding rain, this was our reward- Waimoku Falls.

 

Proof that we made it.

Proof that we made it (taken with the camera I’m less attached to).

 

The actual trail on the way back.  There was a lot of rain that day.

The “trail” on the way back. There was a lot of rain that day (taken with the camera I was ok with drenching) .

 

 

On the hike back

On the hike back

 

After our four mile hike in pouring rain, the sky finally decided to do this before the sunset.  :)

After our four mile hike in pouring rain, the sky finally decided to do this before the sunset. 🙂

 

 

2 responses

  1. sheilahlyes

    Wonder blog and pics!!! I have a Hawaiian friend who would love to see your blog. LWilson@MarionHealth.org Lanis Wilson.

    Sheilah

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    May 29, 2014 at 2:02 pm

  2. Pingback: Hawaii Revisited- Last Days in Maui | jenni mansell photography blog

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