The Road to Hana

Trip Start May 19, 2007
Trip End May 27, 2007

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Yesterday we went on our day trip to Hana. The road to Hana is known for the its' curves, hugging the side of the mountain, and its' one lane bridges. We had to pull over because of my stomach once, but other than that, I was amazingly fine.

Hana itself is not the destination of the trip, but more like what you see along the way. We went to Waianapanapa State Park for the black sand beach. There were also blow holes there, but I guess we didn't time it right because no water was coming up them. Alex walked up to the edge and saw a sea turtle playing in the water. He drew a crowd.

We ate our subs that we picked up in Paia along the way in a nice shady area on a bench and saw the strangest creatures... we had saw them a couple times before but didn't get a good look at them. This time they were up close. "Quick, quick! Get a picture! Then we can figure out what the hell they are!" I've attached a couple of photos where, I swear, they were in, but they seem to be super-elusive. So we concluded that these were mythical creatures that could only be seen by the naked eye and not photographed. Turns out they were just mongoose.  

The black sand beach was really neat. Of course, super hot on the feet, but amazingly just like coarse sand. The water was gorgeously clear and some people were snorkeling. We just played in the waves for a bit and took a breather in the shade.

Our next stop was Kaihalulu (Red Sand) Beach in the town of Hana. We couldn't find it at first so we decided to do some hiking and our bet paid off. We first had to mountain climb a bit and pull ourselves over the rocks by a rope. Kind of hard to do in sandals! There was only a small area of beach, but it was beautiful. Again, the water was super clear, but the waves were tough and with rocks so close by we didn't want to risk swimming or snorkeling. I got knocked over by a wave (again) and got red sand all over me. At least it wasn't fine sand that I would finding in my swimsuit for days. On our way out the tide was coming in and the other couple that was there got soaked by an unexpected and massive wave. We left just in time.

On the way back to Kihei, I saw a few Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees. Unfortunately, there was no were to pull over and take pictures so the shots I have aren't that great. There in the car as we zoom by.

Anyways, awesome day. Fun at different coloured beaches with crazy wildlife and a nerve-wracking car ride. 
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