So I ended the last post with pictures of lovely Napili Beach. Well the next day we woke up quite early to do the Road to Hana!
Because we woke up super early and nothing was open we decided to eat at….Mickey D’s!! And before you judge, I will fight you if you say you don’t like Egg McMuffins. And they had Taro Pie! It was pretty tasty. It was the bf’s first time trying taro and he liked it quite a bit.
Road to Hana is quite a long journey and pretty windy. I would definitely say take Gravol. I am pretty good with motion sickness, we stayed on a boat in Greece for 8 days and I had no incidents despite the very windy weather and one 9 hour crazy bumpy trip against the wind back to Mykonos. But I went to a pharmacy and took some motion sickness medication anyways and I was glad I did because even with the medication I had a headache towards the end. Another tip is to make someone else drive :) It is a 10 – 14 hour day that is mostly driving and even just sitting there I was dead tired….just from sitting on the passenger seat.
Our first stop was a grove of rainbow bark Eucalyptus we happened upon.
And after that we stopped at many pretty waterfalls and a couple view points. The best way to do it is to plan out how many stops you want to do and to look up online what the best stops are. If you stop at everything this will take verrrryyyy long. We researched online to find the most scenic stops and jotted down their mile markers. Its lovely to stop after sitting in the car for hours and stretch your legs then hike to a small waterfall in the hot humidity and jump into the icy cold water. Plus its freshwater so when you get back to the car no saltwater stickiness…that part comes later.
A stop that I personally requested was at Coconut Glen’s, a stand that sells homemade coconut milk ice cream. The Glen person sounds like a kooky dude and there is a very hippie dippy vibe to the whole place but they sell pretty tasty coconut milk ice cream and other coconut things. Coconut ice cream definitely has a different texture than dairy-based ice cream, its more solid and has less stretch if that makes sense. My favorite item were these caramelized coconut chips that they sold in little packs. Completely addicting, we finished it in 10 seconds.
Next a must see is the Black Sands Beach. Its funny because it looks like the water is cold but that’s just because the sand underneath is dark, the water was super warm and clear, just like everywhere in Hawaii. At the same stop there is also a lava tube but we missed that sign. Oh and there is also a Red Sand Beach by Hana town but we completely missed it as well. I think we were a little lacking in attention span since all we ate that day was the McDonald’s at the crack of dawn and a wee little bag of coconut chips. Would most certainly bring food with us next time.
The other place you must stop at is Ohe’o Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools), the Pipiwai Trail, and Waimoku Falls. These are all part of the same national park (Where you have bathrooms by the way! Yay if you’ve been dying to pee for hours). The Pipiwai Trail is thru this crazy dense bamboo grove and the Waimoku Falls are the highest ones on this road. All really great sights
The forest itself looks like something out of Jurassic Park. And the Pipiwai Trail thru the bamboo groves is amazing, the bamboo is impossibly tall and grows so densely together that you can not wander more than a couple feet into the grove.
From there its a bit more of a hike to the waterfall.
And that was the end of the Road to Hana….now we only had the 2 to 3 hour drive back to Lahaina. And we were absolutely famished.
So we stopped by Da Kitchen Cafe on the way back in Kihei and got some lumpia and spam musubi to go so we could devour it in the car (as we already had dinner plans in Lahaina). Can I tell you that I discovered that spam musubi is my one true food loves? I always thought spam was icky and had never tried it before but it tastes kind of like sausage patty made out of pancetta and IS SO DELICIOUS. They also add a salty sweet condiment to the spam musubi that I loved. Da Kitchen had the best version of the spam musubi I got to try.
Part 3 of my Maui posts will be fulllll of food pictures because we ate like crazy people the last 1.5 days there. So if you are over all these pictures of nature you will be pretty pleased with the next post :)