September 9th, 2007 – by: darcetta
sugarcane fields, helicopter ride to Hana
After waking up at the crack of dawn, okay actually before the crack of dawn due to the time change adjustment we decided we may as well make the most of it and headed into Lahaina to wander around and window shop prior to the stores being open. Luckily though at least a coffee shop was already open. After a few hours of wandering and spending a little money we headed on our way back to the airport for our helicopter ride to Hana. I had never been in a helicopter and didn't quite know what to expect. After the initial take off I was thinking, "seriously, this is how fast we're gonna go?" But then once we went over some sugar cane fields and got closer to the crater the ride definitely took on new life as the scenery was amazing. After turning through the clouds and being able to look inside Haleakala crater we headed over so many waterfalls that I can't begin to even guess how many there were and the greenery/hills looked like something straight out of the jurassic period.
view from helicopter going to Hana
We also flew over the coastline and the property that was owned by George Harrison (which was a personal highlight) prior to landing. Then it was off on the road from Hana. I don't think, or I should say I know I wouldn't want to drive the road to Hana however I don't believe I'd recommend the excursion van venture either. Being in the back seat of a van while travelling along MANY twists and turns was a bit much, although the views were amazing. But the other downside to being at the mercy of a tour is that you can't just stop and get out anywhere that you choose. After arriving back at our car we headed back to Lahaina where we picked a restaurant at random and had our first hawaiian beers. The name escapes me but it was a tasty golden ale. It was so convenient to have Lahaina right down the road from our resort. Granted, it wasn't close enough to walk to which would have been nice, but it was very close nonetheless.