Sunday, October 27, 2013

Cruising the Hana Highway

We were in Maui for a wedding and since it was my first time in Hawaii we decided to make the trip a week-long vacation because just spending the weekend, especially with the time change and long flight, didn't seem long enough. After thinking over several different Hawaii destination recommendations from friends and family we decided it would be easiest (and most affordable!) to stay on the island of Maui, rent a car, and drive east to spend a few days in rural Hana. We spent the first night in Maui with cousin Shaylan at his place in Paia, a cute little hippie town on Maui's north shore.

We ate a tasty and healthy raw dinner and drank homemade kombucha from Maui Kombucha (where one of the employees is a dude I knew from high school in Texas! Small world, huh?), promptly fell asleep at 9 pm, woke up before the sunrise for a crowded surf session, filled an ice chest and three bags with vegan groceries from Mana Foods, and then settled in the car for the slow, curvy drive to Hana. 

Cruising the Hana Highway is a popular tourist attraction because of the beauty and excitement surrounding the narrow road that hugs Maui's coastal tropical rain forest, which has over 600 curves and approximately 60 slim bridges - all of which are just wide enough for a single car to traverse. Driving 30 mph is considered speeding along the highway, which makes traveling the 52 miles to Hana a several hour endeavor.

Waterfalls of all sizes decorate the Hana Highway so there are plenty of opportunities for photos and a chilly swim (ideal for dealing with Maui humidity).

There are many fruit and bread stands scattered along the highway where you can stop for a quick bite but since we brought our own snacks with us we skipped out on the treats, which helps in order to avoid small traffic jams. We didn't skip out on stopping at Coconut Glen's, though - a vegan ice cream stand where all the flavors are made from coconuts and local fruit. SO DELICIOUS. The tourists ahead of us that were already on their third bowl. At $5 each, that's how good it is.

Since we were staying in Hana for three nights there wasn't an urgency to get there so we arrived at our cottage in time for the sunset.

More of our stay in Hana on the next post and, as always, thanks for stopping by this little blog of mine!


Anonymous said...

Can't wait for the next post!

Anonymous said...

More please. Seems like a lifetime ago already. C