Hana-One wild ride
After my family and I arrived in Kahalui, Maui, we got on the Road to Hana right away. Most guidebooks will tell you that this road is absolutely gorgeous, filled with breathtaking views and beautiful scenery. What they don’t tell you is that the road is 2 lanes wide with one-lane bridges and over 600 terrifying curves. Needless to say, this roller coaster of a road wasn’t my highlight of the trip. I have to admit, though, that the views were spectacular, with the ocean on one side and waterfalls on the other. Once we arrived in Hana, there were plenty of fun activities to keep everyone entertained. We first simply explored the surrounding area, finding cool plants, lots of coconut trees, and even a couple local cats. On our first full day, we hiked the Pipiwai Trail up to Waimoku Falls. On the way, there is a spectacular infinity pool resting atop a gigantic waterfall, a huge banyan tree with branches extending everywhere, and even a bamboo forest. After the hike, we swam in the pools at ‘Ohe’o gulch (nicknamed the Seven Sacred Pools). Later, we bodysurfed on Hamoa Beach, where the waves are perfect for timing a jump atop the crests and riding them to the shore. Before we got on the road to our next destination we stopped for some delicious snacks and fruit at the Hana Farms fruit stand.
After surviving the trip back from Hana, and after another stop in Kahalui for some more supplies, we continued on to Kaanapali, an area in south Maui filled with resorts, golf courses, beaches and reefs. We stayed in the Kaanapali Villas, which are about 50 feet from the beach. After settling in, we decided on the next day that we would go snorkeling. Just a few steps up the beach from our resort led us to a spectacular reef filled with an abundance of bright, colorful fish. We also snorkeled at the nearby Sheraton, where there are several Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, but sadly many people don’t heed the cautions and warnings and they choose to get too close to the turtles, touch them and even try to feed them, which is dangerous and illegal.
After a few days of snorkeling and relaxation, we arrived at our final stop in McKena, and on our way we did some shopping in Lahaina. Our best snorkeling took place a few miles away, where we found a great reef just off of some rocks. There were lots of turtles and fish to see; it was amazing! When Lindsay suddenly dropped her snorkel to the bottom of the reef, though, we all started to panic. As fate would have it, she just happened to drop it in the deepest part of the reef, close to 20 feet down. I decided to go for it, kicking violently the whole way, and I managed to barely grasp it with my fingers as my lungs and ears felt as if they would explode. I shot up through the surface, wheezing and coughing, but Lindsay’s snorkel had been rescued. For our final night in Hawaii, we ended up racing to see Big Beach, the best beach in Maui, before the sunset. We made it just in time to walk on the salt- and-pepper sand and see the wide expanse of calm ocean water as the sun sank beneath it. It was a great end to an even greater vacation.
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