It’s true, we went a little bonkers with the cameras on the Road to Hana. But who could blame us? It’s only one of the most picturesque road trips in the whole world! We hope you enjoy our snapshots!
There are signs warning of the strong tides at Hookipa Beach Park, but it is a beautiful beach with facilities, not too far from Paia.
Just one of the 620 curves and turns on the Road to Hana. This is an easy one. They are not all like this.
Don’t worry about missing breakfast when you set out on the Road to Hana. You’ll find plenty of roadside stands, like this farmer’s stand not far from Paia. (Oddly, the pineapples were the only thing not homegrown.)
Just a short walk from the roadway, you’ll find many “hidden” pools and waterfalls like this one.
We have no idea what this flower is, but we call it Hawaiian Sunshine!
A view of the rugged and beautiful Ke’Anae Peninsula. If you take the road into the small town, look for Aunty Sandy’s Banana Bread, baked fresh all day!
Ke’Anae is rugged but the residents have tilled soil here for generations.
Another of the many beautiful bays along southeastern edge of Maui. This one is near Ke’anae.
Just about halfway to Hana, tacos sure do hit the spot! Ono, cousin. There are also some fruit stands, smoothies, shave ice, and local crafts at the Nahiku Marketplace.
So much grows wild in Hawaii, including Bananas! Unfortunately, we couldn’t reach them. 🙁
The jungle takes over just about everything, and there are ruins – old and new – all around. This was part of a wall and gateway, but it surrounds nothing now.
Chickens. They are everywhere on Maui, including at the Kaumahina Pullout.
In some places, the Road to Hana is literally at the edge of the island! But the views are magnificent.
The Road to Hana can take hours to drive because there are so many beautiful scenes, like this of the isolated Maliko Bay, with The Road winding along the far side.
Another view of idyllic Maliko Bay.
Tranquil pools, beautiful falls, and the occasional grotto can be found throughout Hawaii. Unfortunately, the water can be really cold!
One of the 44 one-lane bridges on the Road to Hana. Pulloutss on either side get very full as people get out to explore the beautiful canyon.
A very large section of mountainside on the Road to Hana is covered in a sea of bamboo. Driving through it is absolutely breathtaking.
Banana trees surrounded by the tropical forest of southeastern Maui.
Fresh coconuts by the barrow full! (At Nahiku Marketplace, where there were also fresh bananas, jackfruit, and other tasty snacks.)
If you’ve packed a lunch, there are plenty of quiet picnic spots, including this pathside table.
Another waterfall and pool, less than five minutes walk from the roadway.
At the end of The Road is Hana Beach Park! You are going to love it here – we did not want to leave!
Hana Beach Park is fantastic with picnic tables, restrooms, and a gorgeous beach!
A large breadfruit tree in Hana. Once again, we were astounded by the abundance of fruit trees all around Maui. Plus, we had never seen a breadfruit tree before!
The beachfront Tutu’s Snack Shop is the backdrop for the wide and inviting Hana Beach.
The Hana Cultural Center Museum was established by village elders to help preserve and tell of the region’s culture. Inside you can learn about early Hawaiians and life in Hana.
If you are naughty in Hana, this is where we’ll find you. It’s the Hana Police Station and Courthouse. We assume the small size is indicative of the crime rate.
You might also enjoy some reflections on our time in Hawaii:
5am. It might actually be a crime to be up this early when you’re on vacation, but we’re told it’s a long drive to Hana and we should start early. So early that the sun is just rising as we … read more
Or “What’s at the top of Rob’s Travel To Do List, and why?” Somewhere in my childhood, a seed was planted. I blame Walt Disney, Quinton McHale, and Daniel Defoe, among others, though it really all started in 1812 with … read more
Hawaii has a reputation for good eats, what they call ono grinds. From drive-up BBQ on the Road to Hana to sit-down elegance at Mama’s Fish House to the farmers’ market stands all over the islands: fresh, quality ingredients and … read more
Love this!! We visited Quoddy Head this past fall, and met @vachenzo at Portland Head Light a few days later. Happily, he posted this time-lapse of the First Sunrise of 2021. It's so beautiful we just had to share!
Quoddy Head is the easternmost point in the USA. Traditionally, people gather here for sunrise to be the first in the nation to welcome each New Year! (Although, technically, you can see it just a little earlier from the summit of Cadillac Mountain in @acadianps during the winter.)
It may be post-Christmas, but the Holiday Season goes on! We took a pre-New Year drive to the town of Roanoke, "The Unique Dining Capital of Texas!" While Mother Nature threatens to rain all over DFW's New Year's Eve celebrations, she sure made Roanoke's Christmas declorations shine!
So many people decided to put up holiday decorations early as a cheery rebuttal to the year that was 2020.We're hoping everyone leaves them up for a glittering beginning to 2021! Which brings us to this question: How long is too long to leave the lights up? THIS year, we're thinking St. Valentine's Day, at least.
Warm wishes to you and yours, from the TravelLatte team! ~-----~-----~-----~-----~-----~-----~-----~-----~-----~
Like many others, our holidays have been very different this year, with only a few of us at "home," some across town, and others across the globe! We have officially celebrated our first Zoom-mas! 😆 What hasn't changed is the importance of friends and family - in fact, maybe more important than ever! Our hope is that you have been able to celebrate with those important to you, whether virtually or in person. ~-----~-----~-----~-----~-----~-----~-----~-----~-----~
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