Monday, April 16, 2007

The Best Way to Do the "Road to Hana"

Standing on the edge of a 300-foot waterfall:

The road...

1. Leave your hotel/condo by 6am.
2. Head straight for the "Seven Sacred Pools" (past Hana) stopping at 3-5 quick (just off the road) waterfalls to break up the drive.
3. Do the awesome hike up from the Seven Sacred Pools to see beautiful waterfalls, eerie bamboo forests, and even an infinity pool. It's called the Pipiwai Trail and it's one of the best hikes on Maui -- 4 miles roundtrip, takes 2 1/2 - 5 hours to hike, and ends at Waimoku Falls, a 400-foot lava rock waterfall.
4. Now you have plenty of time to head back and check out the scenic stops that you skipped along the way and you don't feel rushed. And you can laugh at all the people driving the other way in traffic who slept in. Some of the stops we enjoyed: red sand beach, black sand beach, blue pool. If you're going to Maui, you will buy the "Maui Revealed" book so I don't need to go into more detail here.

Here's the infinity pool:

Follow this and you'll be home by sunset. Don't believe everyone that tells you it's a grueling drive and you can't do it in a day. The road is nicely paved; we saw everything we wanted to and even fit in some long hikes.

(Note: The "Seven Sacred Pools" are neither seven nor sacred, but they did see an increase in visitors when they renamed it from "O'heo Gulch"--it's all in the marketing.)

If you see a sign like this one, it means you're on the right track to something cool...

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