On Tuesday, with the Madza Miata in the repair shop, we headed out to the Road to Hana in Mark’s red pickup truck. It was a good thing we had the pickup and not the Miata since the second half of the highway is unpaved and full of potholes that made for a very bumpy ride!
The Hana Highway is a 64.4-mile-long stretch which connects Kahului to the town of Hana in east Maui. To the east of Kalepa Bridge, the highway continues to Kipahulu. Although Hana is only about 52 miles from Kahului, it takes about 2.5 hours to drive even when no stops are made since the highway is very winding and narrow and passes over 59 bridges, of which 46 are only one lane wide. There are approximately 620 curves from just east of Kahului to Hana, almost all of it through lush, tropical rainforest. Many of the concrete and steel bridges date back to 1910.
The Road to Hana can also be called the Waterfall Tour because you can stop and see a LOT of them along the way!
We also took a very muddy hike through a bamboo forest…
…a place where Carl fell in the river and pooped his pants.
Okay, not really but it looked that way. Luckily he had his bathing suit in the truck so he was able to change his pants.
We saw more scenic overlooks.
We explored a lava tube cave.
We saw the black sand beach.
We saw the red sand beach.
We drove around the backside of Haleakala, which is a barren, desert, lava field, as opposed to the lush, tropical landscape on the other side.
We saw a rainbow on the ocean.
And we finally emerged on the other side, back into civilization, just in time to see the sunset from the side of the mountain.
We look exhausted because we were! Having just driven 10-hours around the mountain, around some crazy, narrow, bumpy roads, we were beat.
But it was a great day together exploring the beauty of God’s creation.