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Hana Highway Trip

PART 1. We traveled on Hana highway two times in the past. One of those times we bought a self-guided tape and followed all the directions and made all the stops recommended on it. Another time, we stopped less and drove faster so that to spend more time in ‘Ohe’o Pools. This time we decided to follow directions in Andrew Doughty’s Maui Revealed guidebook. On the way we saw many people carrying this guidebook – “the blue book”, how it’s commonly called. We advise you to buy this book if you decide to travel in Maui.

We rented a 4WD Jeep Laredo for this trip, because we wanted to go around Haleakala all the way and there is one spot past Hana where the road is steep and can be slippery due to rains. Normally, it’s OK to drive around in a regular car, but we just wanted some extra assurance and some extra space in the car.

We started from Kamaole Sands at 7 am on June 19, 2007. We stopped at Shell gas station in Kahului to fill the tank, and by 8 am were in Paia, where we took a picture of Haleakala. Around 8:30 we stopped at the fruit stand at Twin Falls trailhead. Following the advice of our guidebook, we didn’t hike to the falls. We wanted to buy some fruit and banana bread, but unfortunately it was too early for the bread – they said they will have it by 9 am. So we stuffed on apple bananas, and coincidentally there was a pair of twin bananas – twin bananas at Twin Falls!

In about 8 miles past Twin Falls we made a stop for Haipua’ena Falls – a very short walk and a nice view of the falls and the pool.

  Hana Highway, Haleakala View From Paia

Hana Highway, Twin Falls Farm Stand

Hana Highway, Twin Bananas

Hana Highway, Haipuaena Falls

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