Last time I posted, I mentioned I was going to Maui. Maui was awesome. We went there for a 3 day weekend and stayed in Lahaina. Lahaina was a really cool village. It reminded me of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. It used to be an old whaling town and now it has nice shops that line the street right next to the water. It had a very New Englandy feel which was interesting being in Hawaii and all.
One of our first stops was the Ocean Center which is Maui’s aquarium. One of the coolest parts was a tube you could you into where you were pretty much inside a tank and could see sharks and manta rays swim over you.
The next day, we were crazy and woke up at 3 AM and drove up to Mount Haleakala to a summit of 10,000 feet. Unfortunately, we were not prepared for this because it was freezing, about 50 degrees I think (I don’t know what I’m going to do when I go back to Massachusetts). We brought the blanket from our hotel but it wasn’t quiet enough to keep warm with the wind. However, we saw the sunrise over the clouds, which was quite breathtaking. Pictures really don’t do it justice.
From there, we continued on to the Hana Highway (which is a little misleading because you have to go about 25 MPH the whole way haha). The Hana highway is one of the most scenic routes in Maui littered with waterfalls and breathtaking views.
We purchased a cd that guided us along the Hana highway and told us where to stop along the way. We got to see a black sand beach, a lava tube, and a natural bridge. We stopped for lunch on the side of the road where a man was cooking chickens, as Anna recommended. I think that was the best chicken that I’ve ever had.
In the town of Hana, there is a red sand beach that was really cool. Can’t say I’ve ever seen anything like it. You have to hike a little ways to it, and its technically a nude beach as we found out when we arrived. We ended up snorkeling a little bit and saw some cool fish including a cornetfish.
At the end of the Hana highway we went on a 2 mile hike to a 400 foot waterfall which was really cool. The trail was covered with passion fruit trees so I was in my glory. I think I ate 6 passion fruits on the way to the waterfall. The waterfall was pretty amazing, I’ve never seen one that high before.
Again, pictures don’t do it justice. At the end of the highway, you can choose either to drive all the way back the way you came through winding roads and one land bridges, or drive straight through on an unpaved road that is shorter. We decided to drive straight through, which was very scary at night. But we made it back safe and sound and pretty much passed out at 8:00 at night. We spent the last day relaxing on the beach at the hotel which was very pretty. You could see Lanai and Molokai from the beach.