Road to Hana Part II

This is an example of a waterfall you might miss if you don't have a trusty guidebook to tell you when to stop and look back.

This is an example of a waterfall you might miss if you don’t have a trusty guidebook to tell you when to stop and look back.

This is our last weekend on Maui, so we wanted to do one of the highlights again before we left.  One of the most famous things you can do here is drive the scenic road to Hana.  Our last trip to Hana didn’t go so well.  Rain caused us to end our camping trip early, a lot of the waterfalls didn’t have any water flowing, and we got a flat tire on our rental car.  I’m happy to say this trip went much smoother.

The road to Hana is full of countless waterfalls and hikes.  I say countless because a lot of times you don’t know how close you really are.  There are multiple times when the road goes right over a huge waterfall and you wouldn’t even know it.  The biggest negative about the road is that there are not very many places to park.  Typically there is only a small pullout for a handful of cars.  But today we left the house a little earlier than last time, so we managed to stop at some of the places we missed last time.

Sophia took this lovely photo of Beth and I at Waianapanapa State Park.

Sophia took this lovely photo of Beth and I at Waianapanapa State Park.

One of the highlights of this trip was the Black Sand Beach at Waianapanapa State Park.  It wasn’t really black sand as much as it was black rocks, but it was still really cool to see a whole beach covered in them.  Plus there were lots of little caves for the kids to explore with their glow sticks.

Waterfalls are some of the bigger highlights.  Unlike last time when we made the trip, all of the falls were flowing.  Some of them required a small hike, but most of them were close to the road.  It would be neat to take a backpack and do some hard corp hiking to see some of the more remote falls.  Perhaps on a future trip to Maui!

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