A Kind Adventure: Hana, Hawaii
One of our fave memories is our trip to beautiful Maui. Along it’s rugged eastern coastline is one of the last unspoiled Hawaiian regions, the Road to Hana.
It makes for a long (there is a reason they sell ‘I SURVIVED THE ROAD TO HANA’ tees) but amazing day in which you will see stunning waterfalls, unique flora and fauna around every turn, breathtaking seascapes, misty mountains, and inviting beaches.
No accomplishment feels better than a day of adventure. Plan to hike, swim, eat fresh food, take hundreds of photos, and fall in love!
Our 10 tips 2 make Hana an amazing experience . . .
1. Plan on making an entire day of it.
The drive can take you from 2 to 4 hours. More if you want to stop and literally smell the roses. Start early so you can get back before dark. Hold off on making dinner reservations because the island will decide your schedule on this day. Also check the weather forecast (the road does close when the wind is excessive).
2. Rent a jeep.
And take the top off but be prepared to put it back on at some point. Rain is likely along the way but don’t be afraid to get a little wet. Remember it’s an adventure.
3. Have an experienced driver with you.
Appoint the experienced driver of your group to handle the 620 hairpin turns and 59 one lane bridges of the Hana Highway (HI-360).
4. Get comfortable.
Wear comfortable clothes, shoes to hike in, a hat, and take a swimsuit or wear it under your clothes. Bring beach towels for swimming and/or rain. And don’t forget the safe, deet-free, natural bug spray and natural, bio-degradable sunscreen (we want to keep your body safe from harmful toxins as well as the environment you’re exploring). Also take something for motion sickness (just-in-case). We prefer ginger essential oil or dried ginger capsules. Use your phone for photos and emergencies. Leave the social media interaction for when you get back to the hotel room at night or better yet after you get back to the mainland. If you can't unplug here...well you know.
5. Stop at Kū’au Store.
It's 1 mile past Paia, the gateway to the Hana Highway. Stop here to get supplies for the day…water, snacks, picnic lunch + portable cooler. The Ohe'o Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools) is a great place to have a picnic.
6. Don't be afraid to stop.
Stop at the snack shacks along the way for fresh fruit and coconut. It is delicious, good for you, and you will be supporting the local economy.
7. Stop often to take photos and hike.
8. Go all the way.
If you go all the way, you'll run into Ohe'o Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools). It;s past the town of Hana and into Haleakala National Park. Hike all the way up the mountain to experience more waterfalls if you have time.
9. You were warned.
We hate to be Debby Downers but do heed posted warnings. From trespassing to flash floods, warnings are posted for a reason, use common sense. Do lock your car doors and don’t leave valuables in the car.
10. Get refreshments for the trek back.
When you come back through Hana, do stop at the quaint local Hasegawa General Store and treat yourself to a delicious gourmet Root Beer or other fun beverage. Also buy a little bottle of Maui Neem Oil. It is a multi-purpose oil that aids in healing and nourishing skin.