Land of Aloha – Part IV

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We didn’t rent a 1988 VW Vanagon just so that we could go on diving trips and eat at fancy luaus. It was time to put our Volkswagen to the test on the narrow and windy 68-mile ocean-side Road to Hana, along the northern and eastern shores of Maui.

Also designated the “Hana Millennium Legacy Trail”, the scenic drive took us through lush tropical rainforests, over 59 bridges (46 of which are one-lane bridges), around 620 curves, and passing by countless waterfalls and scenic overlooks.

We camped overnight in Haleakala National Park at Ohe’o Gulch, a series of cascading waterfalls and gorgeous swimming pools misleadingly dubbed the Seven Sacred Pools (there are actually 24 and they were never sacred).

It’s not everyday we get to wake up in a tropical rainforest and take a dip under soothing waterfalls.

Another highlight of the Road to Hana was Wai’anapanapa State Park, home to Honokalani Beach, considered Maui’s most gorgeous black sand beach. Would you agree?

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Richie - Black sand beach and waterfalls. Very cool.

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