Maui – The Road to Hana

Surprise! I’m in Hawaii for work. We’ve been here for a few days, but today was a big adventure day! We took the kids and drove the Road to Hana. It was very long, about eleven hours round trip, and although I’m glad I experienced it, I’m not sure I’d do it again. The ride there wasn’t so bad because we stopped a bunch of times, but I was definitely feeling queasy toward the end of the ride.

We stopped at Twin Falls thinking it would be a quick hike, but were ill prepared for the 1.5 mile round trip hike so we veered off the major path just to get a quick peek at a nearby waterfall.

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One of our other major stops was Wai’anapanapa State Park with hopes of hanging out at Black Sand Beach and swimming, but the tide was super high, so the beach was closed. Big bummer there.

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Our last two stops were Hamoa Beach and ‘Ohe’o Gulch (aka Seven Sacred Pools). The beach was awesome! There were lots of local families surfing and playing in the waves and there were crabs everywhere, which we totally didn’t notice until we had sat down. They’re tiny and blend right in with the sand. We went to ‘Ohe’o Gulch with intentions of swimming, but they were closed as well. I’m not sure if it was just for the day, or is a more permanent thing, but there had definitely been some rain before we got there.

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It’s definitely something to experience once in your life, but I’m not sure I could do it again. My stomach isn’t strong enough for a second round of all that driving. Tomorrow we’re laying low with some snorkeling and beach time!

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