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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Hana Maui

Aloha from Maui, Hawaii!
Written by Marie Glodt travel agent at Travel to Maui and Maui Master with the Hawaii Visitor Bureau.
This last weekend I went to Hana for the day. If you haven’t heard about Hana it is one of the most beautiful places in the world! You won’t find anything quite like it on any of the other islands in Hawaii.
Hana, Maui is the land of rainbows, waterfalls, and lush green valleys. It is just 50 miles from the Kahului airport, but a world away!

The road to Hana is an experience to say the least! It has over 54 narrow bridges, 600 hair pin turns, and the beautiful coast line of the eastern side of Maui. This road is not for the faint of heart or someone who tends to get car sick!

Maui and the road to Hana video from Youtube and the Hawaii visitor bureau:

The road to Hana is the experience! Often times you see folks rushing to get to the town of Hana or the 7 scared pools (Pools at Ohe’o). When you do this you miss out on so much!
Here are a few of my favorite tips when visiting Hana:
  •  Leave early! By early I mean in the car ready to go by 7 or 8am. This is an all day event and you do NOT want to be one of those folks driving the whole way back in the dark!
  • Fill up your car with gas before you leave the resorts. Gas is normally anywhere between 70 cents to a dollar more a gallon than anywhere else on Maui. When I was there this weekend it was $5.67 per gallon!
  • Pack a cooler with snacks, water and lunch. There are a few fruit and food stands along the way or the 2 places to eat in Hana town. I ate at the Travaasa Hotel. Formerly known as the Hotel Hana Maui Resort. The food was good. Afterwards I did a tour of the hotel and checked out the suites and sea cottages. If you would like to stay in Hana this would be my first choice! They are also one of the only all inclusive options in the state of Hawaii!
  • Stop often to check out the sights, but when you do make sure and pull over OFF the road so others can get by.
 While we are on the subject of driving IF you have a local behind you (they will generally be the one tail gating you) a word to the wise PULL over!  If you don’t many times they will PASS you on a curve putting you both in danger!

Here are a few of my favorite sights along the way to Hana:
  1.  Stop by Paia town and have an inexpensive fish burger at Paia Fish Market, or a great fish lunch or dinner at Mama’s Fish House.
  2. Check out the windsurfers at Ho’okipa Park.
  3. Visit the black sands beach and cave at Wai ‘anapanapa State Park.
  4. Enjoy the Bamboo Forest.
  5. Pull out at the look out at Ke’anae Point.
  6. Be amazed by the waterfalls at Wailua Valley.
  7. Swim in the Pools of ‘Ohe’o also known as “The Seven Pools.”

For more information or to schedule a consulting appointment with one of our Hawaiian Destination Specialist contact us at Travel to Maui
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