Maui's Road to Hana | Where We Stopped08 April 2017
Just beyond the east-most shelter of the beach, you'll spot an area roped off for green sea turtles, an endangered species. Look closely because they blend in with the wet, dark rocks.
Troy's Plate Lunch | In Seattle, there's a food truck with the best mac salad I've ever eaten in my life (Not: I'm not usually a mac salad fan, but I could maybe live off of this kind.) So, knowing that Hawaiian plate lunches generally include a side of mac salad, I didn't want to pass up Troy's Plate Lunch outside Hana. For entrees, pick from BBQ pork, teriyaki pork, Katsu chicken, coconut shrimp, or fish served with sides of mac salad and two scoops of rice. So good. Braddah Hutts was another lunch spot we wanted to try, but it wasn't open on Sunday. Next time, Maui. Next time.
Hana's Kaihululu [Red Sand] Beach | Another beach, another colorful sand. If you can't tell from this caption, I was not the one who campaigned for this stop. Sometimes it's nice to compromise, other times it's nice to keep driving. I'll let you decide.
Twin Falls is immediately after mile marker two, making it the first stop for nearly everyone on the road to Hana. (In other words, plan for people. Lots and lots of people.) We started our drive early for the sake of getting a head start, and we knew that taking time for a two-mile waterfall hike promptly after starting would set us back later than we'd like. That and, if we're being honest, we'd read that it's a bit overhyped considering the other waterfalls and hikes on the route. Though, Twin Falls is easily accessible for nearly all ages and abilities, so it might be a good choice depending on your crew. The row of painted eucalyptus trees are beautiful! However, this isn't the first time we've seen these kinds of trees and it likely won't be our last. That said, we were perfectly content ooh-ing and ahh-ing as we drove alongside them, and from our top-down convertible at that. (More on that here.) Coconut Glen's was recommended as a dairy-free ice cream hot spot. Had it been open when we first passed it, we may have stopped to see what all the rave reviews are about. (In retrospect, even at day three in Maui we'd indulged in no shortage of gelato, ice cream and shave ice on this trip. So, maybe it was best we missed out on Coconut Glen's...) I risk writing this for fear of wanting to retract it later, but I'll take the chance for now: sometimes when you've seen one waterfall, you've seen them all. While Wailua Falls looks absolutely beautiful, we'd witnessed many incredible waterfalls before it, so we felt content carrying on without stopping for Wailua, too.
Seven Sacred Pools/Ohe'o Gulch, however, were closed to the public due to the impact of major flooding in recent months. We were sad to have missed these highlights, but it certainly didn't dampen our trip. Finally, Pipiwai trail (also dubbed the Bamboo Forest) is one stop we regret not pursuing. Looking back, this is one we should have made time for. Though, being one of our only sunny days in Maui, we wanted to get back to Kihei for a little R&R on the beach, which in our opinions, is also not a bad way to spend an afternoon.