A vacation to Maui is not complete without taking a day trip on the Road to Hāna, which easily ranks among the most romantic road trips in the US. The phrase "It's the journey, not the destination that matters" was perhaps never truer in the literary sense than in this case. We were in such awe of the beauty all along the road that we barely noticed when we actually passed Hāna, a small untouched town on Maui's eastern coastline.
The Hāna Highway is a 65-mile long curvy road along the mountains overlooking Maui's northeastern shore, connecting Kahului with the town of Hāna in east Maui. Yes, you would be driving the entire day surrounded by absolute greenery overlooking the beautiful seashore occasionally. And you read it right, it takes up an entire day not only because you would be stopping every few minutes and fighting the urge to stop every other minute, but also because the road is so winding that you would be driving at speeds less than 20 mph. Also, you would be mistaken to think that the scenic drive ends at Hāna as there are a lot of key sites that are well worth the visit beyond Hana, some of which I will mention in this blog post.
Let's begin the journey, shall we?
Can you see the highway running midway across the mountain in the picture below? That's the road we are driving along right now and I will let you stop and look at some of the beautiful spots which are by the way, countless.
|This pic, right here, symbolizes Road to Hana for me :)|
|That's the kind of greenery I am talking about|
|And some more...|
|And That's me :)|
You have seen the bright blue waters and the stunning green trees, now its time for some waterfalls, ain't it?
|Three Bears waterfalls near mile marker 19|
There are several waterfalls along the road but some of them dry up during the summer months. But summer would be a great time to take a dip in these cool fresh waters and quite a few people do!
While you take a dip in this natural swimming pool, I will be right back with Part II where I am going to share the most beautiful spot in the whole trip with you :)