The Road to Hana
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May 7th, 2010 – by: portia
We picked up a boxed lunch at the small town of Pa'ia and using our "The Road to Hana" map we got from the hotel store, we drove on, and it was a 6 hour trip round trip (92 miles) as they said, we had to add another couple of hours because they started the trip from Pa'ia, the first town! So it's a long day, the distance driven was not that great, but the road to Hana was very narrow, windy, and had lots of one way bridges (like more than 100, but we lost count quickly!) It was very scenic all along the way, and at certain points there were places to stop and look.
We stopped at the Pua'aka'a State park (the name meant "Rolling Pig") to have our lunch, which was about half way to Hana. We spotted several mongooses by the picnic table. It was too muddy and we decided not to climb up the waterfall there.
We did spend a lot more time at the Wai'anapanapa State Park, with its impressive black lava rocks and black sand beach, and big waves! We also stopped at the Hana Bay and looked at people paddling very long canoes (it may have a more specialized name) in the bay, one team of boys and another of girls!
The road was really not good for driving in the dark, so we made sure to get back before sunset. We stopped at Ho'okipa Beach Park to see the sunset, the rainbow, and some surfers still surfing!
Along the way, we kept putting the top of the convertible down, and then had to put it back up in a hurry twice, because it started to rain. One of these times, the rain came down hard and quick, and we couldn't stop right away because the road was too narrow. So we got wet! With almost 1 inch of water in the leather back seat when we put the top up! So it was pretty exciting.
The drive is not for everyone, because it is very curvy and narrow, and I can't imagine driving it with a lot of traffic. It's good to go in low season!
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