The Glorious Road to Hana
Trip Start Feb 05, 2011
18Trip End Feb 24, 2011
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The road itself was remarkable. It had single-lane bridges that looked like they were built in Roman times. As the road weaved in and out of the stream beds occasionally it too became single lane. Both lines of traffic have yield signs when the road becomes single lane. All but the locals respected those signs.
Overall, the driving wasn't bad
We got to mile 26 out of the "official" 42. (The first ten miles, between Kahalui and the start of the official markers, are interesting too).
We walked through an arboretum and did a few other hikes (we opted not to do the costly drive- through arboretum)--including a couple of long diversions down to the shore. One of those roads took us to a small shop with fresh banana bread, Max's highlight of the trip. Most of our pictures were from these shore excursions. Taking pictures of the vegatation in the shadows doesn't work so well.
Although it makes it a very slow haul, numerous stops is definitely recommended. We left Kihei at 9:30am and got into Kahului at 5:30 for the long-promised supper at McDonald's. Obviously, our approach did not allow us to do the full length of the road.
We had to consider Laine's car sickness
Another option would have been to spend one night in Hana and return the next day, but Sal and I agreed that we'd rather not have spent two days on this excursion. Those less interested in beach time might prefer the two-day option. You don't need to return on the Road to Hana; there is a route that you can take on the South side of the Island, but it includes a non-paved portion. Although people do it, it is questionable with a rental car. I read somewhere that the community of Hana is nothing notable in itself, so our thought was to make the most of the drive. While we may have missed more beautiful views by not doing the last portion of the trip, we had no regrets.
Dare I say that Maui has the most beautiful drive in the world as well as the most beautiful beach?