Join Date: Jan 2005
Tuesday October 2
We are up early and off to take the road to Hana. Hana is on the other side of Maui. It is actually more about the journey rather that the destination. It is a long winding road with over 600 hairpin turns and 54 bridges-most of them one lane. So it is necessary to go slow, take your time and stop often to take in the scenic overlooks and beautiful waterfalls along the way.
Haleakela Crater in the distance and sugar can fields
We stopped in Paia for breakfast and saw a funny clock
We had breakfast burritos, they were huge!
Lots of rainforest coming up! This is when the convertible was great to have
Lots of rainforest
Our first waterfall
A scenic overlook
Three Bears Falls
Josh driving carefully
A crab spider
This was cool, we pulled over to look at a waterfall from the top-different and cool view
Here is Hana Bay and a black sand beach…we thought it just looked like dirt. However, there was a beautiful black sand beach that we saw on the way back, we did not pull over though, saw it from an overlook
What's up Hana beef?
Lava stone fence-these were everywhere
A familiar sight on the road to Hana
Again...it's about the journey-much patience needed for this trip
Part of the seven sacred pools past Hana
Here is where the pools and waterfalls flowed out into the ocean
It was actually closesd the water was flowing too high and was too dangerous to get in, but we could look at them
More of the seven sacred pools:
Some crazy looking trees:
A critter that wanted to share our picnic lunch-kinda looked like a ferret
We enjoyed our lunch and the beautiful scenery:
The trail leading back to the car:
Back on the road again:
And yet another waterfall:
Now we are headed back and have one more stop. The bluepool waterfall. It is supposed to be spectacular, and are very excited to see it. Not so easy to get to...down 3 miles a dirt road and then across 100 yds. of boulders, but so worth it!
Some red ginger:
We find the turnoff for Bluepool and head down the road. Get out of the car and cross a river bed:
Good thing we brought our water socks
Here are the boulders we crossed:
I can hear it!! We are getting close
We go closer and right up against the ocean-looking out to the ocean stood this beautiful waterfall. Right out of a movie. It was amazing. So beautiful!!!
Looking out from the waterfall
We jumped in for a quick dip. It was COLD! but so worth it
This was one of the most beautiful things we saw on our trip. Here we are after a cool dip:
We stayed here for a while and admired one of natures gifts. It truly was amazing!
One more look:
Here are some shots along the way home:
Here is a picture of the coastline, if you look closely you can see the road winding its way along the coast.
We stopped in Paia on the way home again and had some pizza. All the ingredients were organic and grown locally-and it was good!:
A wonderful journey to Hana allaround an 11 hour trip there and back. Well worth it, but we are exhausted. Bedtime early... More coming...
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Join Date: Jan 2005
Join Date: Jan 2005
Wednesday October 3
The next day we hung at the beach and relaxed, snorkeled a little in Honolua bay where we saw school of fish like the one in Finding Nemo, you know the silver dollar fish? It was so big we could not see the beginning or the end of the school! We saw a peacock eel, moray eel, and tons of tropical fish. It was great. My pics from that are not developed yet, but I will share when I get them.
Had lunch at the Hula Grill again-I told you we liked that place!
I had the ceviche again and crab and shitake wontons
another pic of the ceviche
Josh had a cheeseburger
Here is the floor at the hula grill-Cosmo, we thought of you
Tonight was the luau at the Feast at Lele. This was a different luau…more about the food. There is no buffet, we had our own private table and our own server. The show was fantastic. A culinary tour through four different regions: Hawaii, New Zealand, Tahiti and Samoa. The dancers also performed in the corresponding region. It was an amazing show. Our best night on Maui!
Here is the master of the ceremony singing to the gods
We were served out beautiful drinks:
And then served some island salsa with taro chips and plantains:
First course is from Hawaii, Kahlua pig roasted in the ground all day it was goo-hood!!
Mahi-mahi with a mango sauce
Poi is in the middle, it didn’t do much for us
The asparagus and fresh hearts of palm salad was delicious. I had never had fresh hearts of palm, only canned.
And the show is about to begin!!
The women came up from an outrigger boat onto the stage:
Doing a Hawaiian dance
This woman performed a hula dance that was so beautiful it brought a tear to my eye. So expressive
They were all so into it and having such a good time. The men were half naked with these huge smiles on their faces. It was great!
Then on to New Zealand with a shredded duck salad, fish cakes and roasted vegetables:
The fish cakes had fresh fish, shrimp and scallops-they were awesome! And the sauce had a wonderful heat
All were fabulous!
The New Zealand dancers
On to Tahiti…baked scallops, ceviche YUMM!!
This is chicken wrapped in a banana leaf with coconut mik-OMG!!
Finally onto Samoa…grilled steak, shrimp and avocado salad and squash and breadfruit with coconut milk. It was all so freakkin good, but I was so freakkin full!!
Not that we needed it, but here comes dessert.
Coconut tart with kiwi, Hawaiian chocolate and fresh strawberry and mango sauce
We barely waddled out of there, but it was a fantastic show. Definitely our best night.
I have not been this full in a long time!
I only have one day left, but it's 2AM here, I gotta go to bed. More coming!
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Join Date: May 2003
Location: Q Roo
Every time I look at your pictures I think, "Who is it that Josh looks like?" I bet you've heard this before but I finally decided who it is. Actor Zachary Quinto:
But Josh is MUCH nicer than Sylar, Quinto's character!
gotta have it
Wow, this trip report is VERY deja vouy for me! Hilary and I went to Maui and Kauai for our honeymoon the summer of 2004 and we did many of the things you did. We stayed in Kaanapali, had lunch at the Hula Gill a couple of times, did the helicopter tour (although that was in Kauai), visited the Banyon tree in Lahina, snorkled at Molikini, stayed in a resort in Maui but a condo in Kauai and even went to the Feast at Lele (which we thought was incredible- much better than a hokey Luau where you are seated with tons of strangers and hit a buffet line- a la the Brady Bunch) so your report is helping me re-live our honeymoon too!
It's funny, to some Hawaii for a honeymoon is cliche' and I was somewhat skeptical about our trip because I remember thinking "This place can't be as great as eveyone claims, I know it's gonna be disappointing" I was SO wrong- Hawaii was everything we had hoped for and more- it was amazing. Glad you had such a great experience too and thanks for sharing it.
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: The Gem State
This last set of pictures is yummy! All that food looks great!!! I have never been to Hawai'i. Now, I am convinced that I have to go. I am soo happy for you and Josh. You two look radiant! Thanks for providing a peek at your wedding and honeymoon.