Hana is truly a magical place

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Can I live here, pretty please!?
There's a lot back and forth about the infamous "Road to Hana". There are plenty of people out there that HATE it. It's dangerous, windy, prone to motion sickness and all sorts of other things. My fierce recommendation is that you take a bus tour - just to get a taste of it - definitely leave the driving stress to someone else. We took a $99 tour and it was the best $99 ever spent on this island! If you love it as much as I did, you can go back via some other manner, maybe a helicopter or something, haha =)

The most spectacular thing is at the end of the island - Waianapanapa Black sand beach awaits your arrival in the most spectacular way. Picturesque palms and dark blue sea framed in black cliffs and pebbles really give you the feeling of being in another place and time.
coordinating my outfit to match locale! (just kidding!)
The national park also allows camping which I am TOTALLY GOING TO DO on a return visit! The idea of waking up to come here every morning is utter fantasy. Catching fish and barbeque-ing your meals with the black sand vistas at the margin of lush jungles.. there's no place like Hawaii, but there is DEFINITELY no place like Wainapanapa!

The bus tour we were on was so much fun. Our guide was this funny Hawaiian guy who taught us a few words that we could shout along the way as we saw these things. But the way he dropped words was so funny, something between a valley girl and a sailor. The word for "delicious" is Ono and the word for "cow" is Pipi, and both sounded so funny coming out of his mouth I laughed each time =) We also stopped to look at the rainbow eucalyptus (although the specimens weren't so great today) and also went to a famous banana bread shack on the side of the road that the owner kept telling us was on a famous cooking show.
banana bread stand


Hawaii's got that weird mix of being heralded but not being in the middle of things. I bet something like 1/2 of Hawaii's establishments have been featured on some sort of travel or cooking show, but I get the feeling it's a quick shebang without a lot of long lasting impact. This guy was really eager to sell his banana bread and I have to admit, it was delicious! My favorite is the chocolate banana bread, I highly recommend it, but at $8 for a small loaf the size of your hand, be prepared for the steep prices! (much like everything in Hawaii).

We passed by the 7 sacred pools, but they looked awfully stagnant - but we got to see the aerial version of it as we were at this point crossing a bridge that ran mostly above the pools. Our last stop was a waterfall - finally! There aren't a lot of waterfalls in Maui, surprisingly.
view from a cliff. Dang I wish I were taller to get a view above the shrubs!
I think the bulk of them are on Oahu - here, particularly if it hasn't rained in a while, there are only a couple worth stopping at and they're very crowded with little to no parking spots.

So what's a blog entry without revealing something stupid I did on this trip?? =) In hawaii, there are a lot of fruits and things growing on trees that look edible. I picked off what looked like a pink cherry that looked so nice at our first stop and when we arrived at the bus I showed it to Dennis our bus driver. He told me that it was a cherry guava and to try and eat it, and WITHOUT THINKING, I did! Oh lord, what a nightmare it would have been if I had some sort of allergic reaction and DIED IN HANA! Luckily I was fine, it was nontoxic and tasted a little sweet with a hint of guava, haha =) But I don't recommend anyone (unless you often do this and have no allergies) to pick stuff off trees and bushes and put them in your mouth, no sir.
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Can I live here, pretty please!?
Can I live here, pretty please!?
coordinating my outfit to match lo…
coordinating my outfit to match l…
banana bread stand
banana bread stand
view from a cliff. Dang I wish I w…
view from a cliff. Dang I wish I …
wowza!
wowza!
roots make nice steps!
roots make nice steps!
finally a pic of the birthday girl…
finally a pic of the birthday gir…
I hereby pronounce myself queen of…
I hereby pronounce myself queen o…
loading film OG style!
loading film OG style!
I quick glimpse into a valley
I quick glimpse into a valley
Bananas!
Bananas!
I cant believe Im standing here!
I can't believe I'm standing here!
rolling waves
rolling waves
A look through a cave
A look through a cave
Wainapanapa
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