Full day break downs – Part 2
Day 6 – Saturday – Maui
On day 6 we started down the road to Hana also known as the Hana Highway. The description of the road itself might grab your attention. The road is over 60 miles long connecting Kahului with the town of Hana. The journey takes about 2.5 hours to drive when no stops are made due to the very winding nature of the road and many narrow bridges and passes. The road has over 59 bridges, 46 of which are only one lane wide. At this point you might be asking what is so special about this road. The best part as a tourist is all the stops you can make along the way. If you stop you will see numerous beautiful sites including waterfalls, beaches, botanical gardens, arboretums, unique shops, and more.
Should you decide to make the hike yourself, the best thing you can do is prep and plan for this in advance. Specifically think about if you want to make the trip in one day or if you want to spread it out. Jen and I talked to many people who planned to do the trip in one day, but if you do that you have to make sure you get up early and might be forced to stick to a stricter schedule.
We wanted the ability to take our time and really enjoy the sights, so we planned to take our time driving to Hana and then ultimately spending the night there before we drove back (more on this later).
One other thing to consider is if you want a guide along the way. Arguably the best $5 I spent in regards to our trip in Hawaii was on a guide to the road to Hana. Specifically the GyPSy guide. The GyPSy guide is an app you can download on your smart phone. This is important because it utilizes the GPS on your smart phone, which means it can tell you exactly where to stop. It told us where was the last place we could get gas and lunch, when to expect an upcoming one way bridge, where the good sights are to stop, and also where not to stop because there is nothing to see. On the longer stretches of the drive where there is nothing to see it actually tells you about Hawaiian history. As the app description suggests it really is like having your own personal tour guide in your car. It is available on both Android and iPhone. I highly recommend it!
After you have a plan, it is time to set out on the trip.
At this point the easiest thing to do is probably just share some pictures of what we saw…which I will admit does not do it enough justice! Trust me that this drive is more than just a way to get from one place to another, it is truly an experience.
GyPSy tour said we could detour off of the road to Hana for 30-60 minutes and check out this beach, where we might find coconuts washed up on the shore. While we did not find any coconuts, the view was absolutely amazing and there were no other tourist in sight. Score!
Scenes from Movies (Jurassic Park anyone?!)
Here we were joined by Mrs. Peacock for lunch, which we decided to eat in the Botanical gardens.
We stopped at the Keanae Arboretum. In the Arboretum I learned about a Eucalyptus Deglupta also known as a rainbow gum tree. The tree looks like some one took a paint brush to it. I never thought I would have a favorite tree, but now I do.
Accommodations in Hana
Towards the end of our first day on the road to Hana, we arrived at our our accommodations in Hana. We stayed with Hana Paradise Cottages in the Bamboo Cottage. This place is a hidden gem, it had a luxury feel while maintaining seclusion and tranquility. The location was very romantic, which just amplified our honeymoon phase. When we arrived we were greeted by a fruit basket left by the property managers.
Not only was the cottage itself attractive, the land it was on had a lot to offer. On the property there were many fruit bearing trees, such as a mango trees and avocado trees. At one point we bumped into the owners who offered to share some fresh fruit that grows on the property. The fruit in Hawaii is so fresh and delicious. I promise you the fruit is much better than the stuff we import here to the Boston area. At this point we were pretty exhausted and just stayed in for the night and relaxed to get ready for day 2 on the road to Hana.
Hana Paradise Bamboo Cottage Outside
Hana Paradise Bamboo Cottage Inside
Hana Paradise Bamboo Cottage Sleeping Arrangements
Day 7 – Sunday- Maui
Since we were actually able to stay in Hana we didn’t have to rush to enjoy the rest of the road to Hana. This meant that Day 2 in Hana, we could continue to drive around and enjoy the additional sights. There are a few sights such as Ohe‘o Gulch and the Pipiwai Trail (we snuck in a hike) that are a little past the actual town of Hana. We were able to experience these places as well as spend some more significant time at a nearby beach. We opted to spend a second night in Hana as our time in Hana fell over the weekend. The two days of beautiful sight seeing, eating fresh fruit, and enjoying the time to ourselves was a perfect way to relax and regroup for the remaining time on our trip.
Day 8 – Monday- Maui/Kauai
Day 8 was not very eventful, we had to drive back the way we came on the road to Hana to get to the airport. On the way back we planned to drive straight through with minimal stops, however the constant winding of the road did take a toll on Jen. We ended up making more stops than planned to avoid getting car sick. When we arrived at the airport we caught our flight to Kauai. Once we arrived in Kauai, we picked up our rental car and drove to our hotel where we pretty much called it a night.