Aloha Mountain Chicks!
Washington ambassador, Sulee, here! So I just got back from the most wonderful week of my life in Maui and I've got plenty to shared with you! I know one thing I was looking forward to (other than getting maui'd of course) was the road to Hana.
For those of you who have no clue what that is, don't worry, I'll fill you in. Road to Hana is basically a drive down the infamous Hana hwy. Why is it famous? This hwy is stretch about 60 miles long filled with gorgeous stops of swimming holes, beautiful scenery and amazing waterfalls! Don't let the beauty fool you though this road is windy and treacherous to go through especially if you get road sick easily. So be extra careful as the road is windy and curvy with lots of one lane bridges.
I'll be sharing with you guys a few of the stops that I though were pretty awesome. But of course you can put a search on google and find plenty more stops you can add to your list. Buckle up and here we go!
Our first stop is just a little before mile marker 6 at the bamboo forest. You'll take a really sharp hairpin turn to the right and once you see a line of cars on the side of the road, you've reach your destination. ** Tip: make sure you lock your car and hide your belongings as break ins are common here. ** The entrance is not obvious or noticeable. It's kind of hidden between bamboos. Look for an orange sprayed pole on the right side of the road. Once you're in, follow the trail down to a stream crossing.
After you cross the stream you can go left or right. A local suggested we go left and head towards the waterfall. You can hear it right as you come off the crossing, it was pretty close.
You can choose to press on after this one and head to the next falls with a larger swimming hole if you have the time. We headed back to the car to our next destination.
Second stop is mile marker 11.5 - Haipua' ena falls. You can park at a small turn out on the side of the bridge and the trail is off to the right. This was a small falls but a great place to dip in calm waters.
Next is mile marker 13- ke'anae peninsula. There's not much parking here but if you can, right at mile 13 you can pull off to the side of the road and take in the beautiful scenery of the peninsula.
Moving on to one of my favorites, just before mile marker 17 is ching's pond. Before you cross the bridge right where the road curves, there is a turnout where you can park. Don't mistake the gate as the entry way for this trail. Instead cross the street and there should be an opening on the side of the road, this is your way down. It was a beautiful oasis to take a dip and cool off!
Mile marker 17 - halfway to Hana! Stop by the shack, grab a snack and take a picture because you're halfway to Hana.
Another one of my favorites is between mile marker 19 & 20- three bears falls. You can't miss it because you can see it from the bridge. However make sure you don't park on the side of the road before the bridge as it's a no parking zone. You can park just a little before or after the bridge. Some people just take pictures from the top but then there's people like us that brave the steep way down to get up close and personal. Boy was it worth it! Cross the bridge and on either side there should be a way down, again, be extra careful because it is slippery and steep!
Our last stop was mile marker 32 - wai'anapanapa stat park, home of the black sand beach. Unfortunately we didn't get a picture here but that just means you'll have to go and see it for yourself! You can go beyond this and discover the seven sacred pool which I didn't get a chance to get to because the road was too much for this little preggers.
Overall we stopped at 6 different places and it took us about 3-4 hours. Make sure you leave plenty of time to enjoy the swimming holes and lovely waterfalls. This is definitely a whole day thing.
Mahalo mtnchicks for tuning in, I hope some of this information is useful to you and hope that you get to experience it yourself! Until then, aloha🤙🏾