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:
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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
M-I-C...See ya real soon! (As in, July! 😊 ) K-E-Y... Why? Because we miss you!
Disney World has submitted their plans to begin a measured re-opening of the Happiest Place on Earth, following the successful reopening of Shanghai Disney Resort, and Disney Springs in Orlando:
"Pending Orange County and state approval, our Walt Disney World Resort proposal plans for Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom to begin a phased reopening to the general public on July 11, followed by EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15." - Disney Parks Blog
It won't be a return to normal, though. Among the proposed safety measures are limiting park capacity and a new reservations system for park entry. Disney will "continue to follow enhanced safety protocols based upon applicable guidance from health authorities and government agencies..."
- Cast members and all guests over age 3 will be required to wear face coverings, both in the parks and in common areas of resort hotels.
- Guests and Cast will be screened for temperature before entering a theme park.
- Cashless transactions are recommended.
- Cleaning and disinfection procedures will be increased in high-traffic areas.
- Some "large gathering" attractions and events - like parades and nighttime spectaculars - will not return immediately.
- "High-touch" events, such as character Meet & Greets, Bippity Boppity Boutique makeovers, and playgrounds, are also on hold.
- Though not mentioned, we also expect social distancing guidance (such as floor markers) in queues for rides and attractions, as was seen in Shanghai.
Perhaps hardest of all, all interaction with Disney characters will be socially distanced. Which makes us wonder: How you tell a toddler (or teenager, or adult!) that they can't hug Mickey Mouse???
There are a lot of anti-mask comments, but also a lot of people ready to visit the Magic Kingdom in any circumstance. What are your feelings?
Remember when you were a kid, and being told you couldn’t have ice cream just made you want it more? Yeah, that’s how we’re feeling about travel in the age of Coronavirus shut downs. Not being able to take a trip is making us want to go even more. We are so tempted!
Making matters worse, some of our favorite travel brands are coming out with some very tempting offers. Offers we would normally snap up without blinking. But now we’re worried about cancellations and refunds, and when (not if) we’ll actually be able to schedule something.
The wonderful people at Fairmont feel us. They know we are in desperate need of a night of luxury hotel style pampering. Maybe two. Even better, two…for the price of one! Cha. Ching.
For a limited time, every second night – or second room – is free at seven select Fairmont hotels as part of the Stay Close promotion. A one-night prepaid deposit holds your reservation, but is 100% refundable. The rate is good or the rest of the year, provided you book now. So you don’t have to worry so much about cancellations and refunds. You just have to worry about which Fairmont location(s) to visit!
To take advantage of the offer, you must book by June 15 at Fairmont locations in Canada: Banff Springs, Chateau Lake Louise, Chateau Whistler, or the Jasper Park Lodge. Book by June 21 at the Fairmont Washington DC Georgetown. Book by June 30 to stay at the Fairmont Austin, or Scottsdale Princess. In all cases, your stay must be completed before 31 December.
We could book these, but should we? So far Banff and Jasper National Parks are closed, but may offer limited services starting 1 June. Of course, the US/Canada border is closed through 21 June, which could be extended. Blackout dates apply, and the US locations are reportedly going fast. So it’s a risky proposition requiring a bit of luck at best.
Overall, we think this is a great deal.These are lottery list hotels, essentially at half price. With no penalty for cancellations, you can buy now and travel later – or not at all. So far, it’s one of the most tempting offers we’ve seen!
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