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
While much of New York City is reopening, the longest shutdown in Broadway history is only getting longer. The Broadway League has announced that performances in New York City will be suspended for the remainder of 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns.
If you are a traveler who was brave enough to plan a trip to New York, and planned to see a Broadway play (only one of the city's top attractions), those plans will have to wait until 2021. If you had already purchased tickets for a performance through 3 January 2021, they will be refunded. The Broadway League says you should expect an email from your point of purchase with detailed refund and exchange options.
Broadway performance were suspended on 12 March 2020, for the safety of audiences as well as performers. At that time, there were 31 productions on Broadway, and eight more in rehearsals to open this year. Sadly, not all of them will be returning. Among the shows that closed during the shutdown are Beetlejuice, and Disney's Frozen.
Thankfully, many of the top shows will resume production when the lockdown ends, and several of this year's debuts have postponed until next season. That includes the highly anticipated revival of The Music Man with Hugh Grant (We are eagerly waiting for that box office to open!) and the Michael Jackson bio-musuical, MJ. Playbill has an updated listing of shows that have posted their status: www.playbill.com/article/check-the-statuses-of-broadway-shows-during-the-coronavirus-shutdown
And finally, you may be wondering who in their right mind would be traveling to New York City! Can't blame ya. The city that was once the center of the pandemic in the U.S. has made great strides, and is currently in Phase 2 of New York's four phases of reopening. That means many businesses are now open, including offices, storefront retail (meaning stand-alone stores, but not malls), barbershops and salons, and outdoor dining.
New York City is, as of the end of June, on the verge of Phase Three, which will allow the hospitality industry to reopen, meaning overnight visitors would have a place to stay. Phase Three also allows restaurants to open at 50% of capacity. Broadway theatres would not be allowed to open until Phase Four or later. The State's target for Broadway shows is currently 3 January 2021.
Is Paris in your travel plans, now that countries are easing travel restrictions? Well, we’ve got good news, and bad news. Starting with the bad, France’s borders are not yet open. If you happen to live in the EU (except Spain) or one of the EFTA nations (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), you can visit France. The restriction on Spanish travelers ends 21 June. Travelers from the UK can enter France, but have a mandatory 14-day quarantine. The rest of the world will have to wait. The Interior Ministry said it will ease restrictions for travelers from outside of the EU starting 1 July, but no firm dates as to who can visit when.
Now the good news that inspired this update in the first place: The Louvre joins the list of open attractions starting 6 July. Related: The Jardin du Carrousel and Jardin des Tuileries opened at the end of May, the Louvre-Lens in northern France opened on 3 June, and the Musee National Eugene-Delacroix (which the Louvre oversees) opens on 22 June.
Like most attractions, life at the Louvre will look a little different in the post-COVID era. Tickets went on sale this week, but in addition to reserving a specific day, visitors must choose a time slot for their visit. This will help officials manage attendance and social distancing. Tour groups will still be allowed, but will require guides to use headsets and a microphone to help maintain social distancing. Anyone over age 11 must wear a mask, and new directional signs will direct foot traffic through the museum.
Tickets are available through FNAC stores throughout France, but also online from the Paris Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Get Your Guide, and City Wonders.
The pandemic has forced some changes in the schedule of exhibits at the Louvre, too, which work out well for visitors. The current exhibit, “Advent of the Artist” was scheduled to close on 29 June, but will be extended through the summer. Two other exhibits, “Body & Soul: Sculpture in Italy from Donatello to Michelangelo,” and “Albrecht Altdorfer, a German Renaissance Master” have had their openings moved from this past spring, to October.
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