Hawaii//Road to Hana

It's been a few days since I got back from Hawaii and I am finally finding the time to share some of my adventure with you. One of the first things we did while in Hawaii was drive the Road to Hana. The road winds along 52 miles of coastline and rainforest, the landscape (and weather) changing around every bend. Once we reached Hana, we drove another 50 or so miles along the other side of the island back to our hotel. 

The road to Hana was gorgeous (dispite my near constant state of car-sickness) and was our first true glipse of Hawaii.  Our first stop was Ho'okipa Beach Park, a beach known for its great surfing waves. 

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Next we stopped at Twin Falls to see, you guessed it, twin falls. Unfortunately it had started to rain rather heavily and the road to the falls was closed in case of flash flooding, but we did see some pretty incredible stalks of bamboo.

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I love it when we show up at Enterprise thinking we're going to be in some little four-door and then being told we can take the Jeep.  Seriously the best thing ever. 

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We found black-sand beaches near the end of our drive to Hana and they were everything they were cracked up to be.  The bright blue water smacking up against the black shoreline made for a truly unique and magical experience. Add the cliffs and deep green foliage and it was pretty much perfect. 

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We stumbled upon my favorite stop of the entire trip near the end of our drive down the opposite coast.  Down a dirt road we found a church standing alone out on a cliff, wind tearing through the tall grass, the sun coming out to kiss the earth for the first time since early that morning.  The cliffs jutted from the sea in a fashion that had me thinking of Irish coastlines and poetry. We laid in the sun at the edge of a drop off leading to a rocky beach and took in the sun.  

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Can we take a second to talk about how GORGEOUS my niece is?  Not to mention a good sport for letting me put her in bamboo and other large plants for pictures. I think this is one of my favorite pictures from the trip. 

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And that's the end! If you're planning a trip to Maui I would definitely suggest taking The Road to Hana. Here are a few tips!
1. If you get carsick, bring whatever meds you need to prevent that.
2. Stop at every church you see.
3. Research and write down stops before you go.
4. Lay down and take in the sun if you get a chance. 
5. Have a Jeep so you can go off roading to reach said churches. 

If you have any questions feel free to ask! I'd love to tell you more about our trip!