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Maui, the road to Hana (Hawaii)

(Thursday 26 July 2012) by Lynda
Maui attracts more visitors than any other Neigbor Island: 'Maui no ka 'oi' - Maui is the best - so we wanted to find out what this hype is all about. Koen never drove an automatic and the best way to learn is to dive in ........ deep. We went up Haleakalà, the islands most obvious landmark and the world's biggest
Infinity crossing
Infinity crossing
dormant volcano and a whopping 10,023 ft high. Crater Road is 22 miles of curving road that snakes up the mountain and sometimes it's hard to tell if you're in an airplane or a car when the road climbs higher over the clouds with every turn you make. The road ribbons back and forth and in some places as many as five swithbacks are in view all at once. Koen managed the car and the volcano perfectly and we got out at the summit only to be blowned away, we were absolutely not prepared for the freezing, bone chilling wind at the top being dressed in t-shirts and shorts and walking on flip-flops. But we'll be back soon and we'll come prepared!

'Ohe'o Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools)
'Ohe'o Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools)
The next day we took the famous road to Hana, the most ravishingly beautiful drive in Hawaii. The serpentine Hana Highway delivers one jaw-dropping view after the other as it winds between jungly valleys an towering cliffs. The road has 54 one-lane bridges and is long and narrow and the cliffs are steep and for some reason this road is also dubbed 'the highway to divorce' because the road is crowded with newlyweds in their convertible red Mustangs. Driving on the Hana highway is easy if you drive with Aloha and use the Shaka sign -'hang loose'- often. Along the road are numerous waterfalls and dramatic views of the coast and small trails lead to Eden-like swimming holes. We stopped often along the road to enjoy the views, look in awe at the waterfalls that were quite fierce after 2 days of rain, dipped in our own zen like pool and did buy the obligatory flower lei along the road. We admired the force of the ocean at
Olowalu beach
Olowalu beach
Ke'anae Peninsula where the waves relentlessly pound the rocks and hiked in the Kipahulu area to see 'Ohe'o Gulch - the Seven Sacred Pools (the name is actually wrong because there are 24 pools in all), each one tumbling into the next one below. The road to Hana was gorgious but wet, but the big advantage of driving the road on wet days is that the waterfalls are amazing and you see endless rainbows that seem to be part of the standard package in Maui.

After two day of rain we wanted to grab a bit of sun and decided to head to West Maui where it hardly rains and pitched our tent at Olawalu Beach. In front of us the beach with gentle waves and distant views of Haleakalà and in our backyard the dramatic outline from the West Maui Mountains, the perfect setting for romantic sunsets and late night dinners at our own picknick table. Camping can be fun in the right place with the right company and with an airbed ...... thank you Camping Maui for providing us with an good airbed!!

So yes, Maui is the honeymoon island for a good reason and we haven't even visited the famous beaches of Kihei and Wailea yet..........there is simply tooo much to do on Hawaii to squeeze it all in one trip and that can be a bit frustrating at times, so much to do and never enough time!!!!!

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