This summer, I got a taste of native Hawaii. Not the resort on the beach type taste. The taste of Hana, Maui. Hana is a beautiful town on the east side of the island. From where I live in Paia, it’s about a two hour drive to get there. The population of Hana is around a thousand people. There are few places where cell phones can actually get reception, making it the perfect getaway. Overdue on a Hana trip for about five years now, my eight other friends and I all decided to take a mini-vacation. We headed out around five pm, laughing and enjoying the beautiful scenery on the long windy road. The boys of the trip set up the tent at the Wainapanapa camp grounds near seven at night. We stayed up that night around the camp fire, roasting marshmellows, telling stories, and laughing the night away. I woke up early that morning and meditated at the beach, just as the Hawaiian sun was rising. It was breathtakingly beautiful. We started packing up around seven am when we saw a little doberman puppy following us. Seeing no collar or pound ID on her, we took her with us on our Hana adventure. The nine of us and our new puppy Napa started off the day by going to Hamoa bay, a beautiful beach near the town. Getting there at eight in the morning resulted in the whole beach to ourselves. We surfed, swam, and played in the shorebreak without a care in the world for an hour or so, and then ventured off to Hana Bay. There, we tanned and jumped off the pier, loving every second of cool Hawaiian water on our skin. After that, we went to a secluded red sand beach, where we saw a huge monk seal! There were also a couple of nudist that grabbed our attention, so between them and the seal we had many things to laugh about. After the beach, we went to a blue pool pond, where we got to jump of a 30 foot cliff into the coolest fresh water pond you could ever imagine. We finally headed out of paradise around five pm, and didn’t get home until seven. Not only did I get to experience roots and culture of Maui and witness the most beautiful side of the island I am spoiled to call my home, but I got to do it with my best friends. And Napa? She lives with me now. And every time I look into her cute, innocent, puppy dog eyes, I am reminded of the trip of a lifetime, the best trip of my high school life.
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