Today I experienced one of the loveliest drives in the world – The road to Hana. It was a lush, jungle-like trip that took us around 6 hours to travel 40 miles. The road has 54 one-lane bridges with over 500 curves! It’s quite a feat to finish it.
During the journey, I sipped a fresh smoothie from the Huelo Lookout fruit stand; hiked through the majestic trees on the Waikamoi Nature Trail; swam in a swimming hole (under a waterfall); tasted the best banana bread on the Ke’anae peninsula while listening to the surf crash against the rocks; and sunk my toes in the black sand beach in the Wai’anapanapa State Park. Oh, what a beautiful morning!
My highlight was definitely the swimming hole. I have always dreamed of jumping into a pool and swimming to a waterfall. It was tremendously cold and terrific! The waterfall was so forceful that it was hard to swim to it and even harder to stay under it once you made it. Love, love, loved that experience!
After we reached Hana, we decided to take the Upcountry highway back instead of retracing our steps. I’m so glad we did. We got such amazing views of the coast on the way back.
We ended the day in Pa’ia or hippie town. It’s such a cool, laid-back place. We had dinner at the Flatbread Company and it was delicious. I had the Mopsy’s Kulua pork and pineapple pizza. So yummy.
This day will definitely be remembered forever.