This past weekend we drove the famous “Road to Hana” and spent 3 nights there. Despite 40+ one lane bridges it wasn’t as scary of a drive as many would have you believe. What did prove to be true was the breathtaking view with each tight corner we turned, whether it be the coastline or the tropical green forest.
The first falls and pool we encountered on our drive.
Ashley does not recommend taking any form of anti motion sickness drugs. Even the “less drowsy” formula. Especially when you have a smooth driver like myself behind the wheel.
Made it to Hana. Stopped at Tutu’s Snack Shop for a grilled cheese and bubble drink.
Found the house we were staying in for the weekend, complete with a mosquito net in each bedroom. We weren’t sure if it was for the mosquitos, geckos, spiders, or all of the above. I tried to convince Ashley it was just for decoration but after the 3rd gecko crawled across the ceiling she didn’t believe me.
The night of sleeping in fear of a gecko snuggling in next to us was well worth it when we woke up to this view of the sunrise right out our bedroom window.
After taking in the sunrise we headed a few miles down the road to Haleakala National Park in search of the famed “7 sacred pools” — Ohe’o Gulch. We decided to first take the hike up to Waimoku Falls. One of the major highlights of this hike was the bamboo forest we passed through on the way to the falls.
The water falling.
Then we made our way back down to the ocean to see Ohe’o Gulch.
After all that hiking we headed back into town and decided to follow the signs directing us to Pranee Thai Food. Upon arriving we parked on the grass and walked up some steps to what looked like someone’s front yard with a bunch of tables in it. We were kindly greeted and shown the specials of the day, and were told to find a table and grab a drink out of the cool chest.
On our final day, we were ready for a good beach to get our relax and swim on. After realizing that we didn’t need to risk our lives by attempting the treacherous trail to the red sand beach we found ourselves at the black sand beach at Waianapanapa State Park.
After exploring the lava tubes and blowhole, we spent a perfect afternoon at Hamoa Beach, relaxing and playing in the waves.
When it was time to head home, instead of taking the usual route we decided to continue around Haleakala on the southern coast.
Taking this way back offered us some incredible, rarely seen views very different from anywhere else on the island. After over 70 one lane bridges, bumpy dirt road and cliff-hugging hairpin turns, we survived the road to Hana.