Hawaii Part 3- The Road to Hana

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A road that twists and turns, taking you 55 miles through the beautiful landscape of Maui is what they call The Road to Hana. The town of Hana is just an end point past waterfalls, lookouts, ocean, volcanic rocks, tropical wilderness, and much more.  The trip lasted an enitre day and we stopped almost everywhere there was to stop.  The road can be scary at times, with one lane bridges and cars coming both directions, along with driving around blind corners, but the frequent stops make it doable and I’m pretty sure we never drove more than 20 mph the whole time.  The point is to drive slow, take your time, and stop when you see something you like, or do what we did and stop whenever we saw a bunch of cars pulled over in a spot.  Leave early (dawn) because traffic starts to pick up as the day goes on, and take a picnic lunch or food because there are only a few bathroom stops and little food along the road, unless you can survive off of tropical fruit and banana bread (pretty sure I could).  Also, there is only one “gas station” so fill up the car before going.

Along the road, there are over 600 curves and 50+ bridges so word to the wise: if you get carsick like I do, pack some good motion sickness meds (the non-drowsy kind).

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We had several choices of how to end the trip. We could turn around once we reached Hana and go back past all that we had just seen, or we could go all the way around, which takes longer but I suggest because we ended up seeing a lot more of the island. The topography changes so quickly on Maui.  As we drove around the east and southeast sides the land changed from lush and tropical rain forest, to foggy grasslands, as you can see from the last few pictures.

The funnest part for me was jumping out of the car and snapping quick pictures on the edges of road and cliffs.  Sometimes, I was scared that i’d get a little bit hit by cars, but alas, I was unharmed.  If you go to Maui, this is a MUST DO.

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