|Surfer, Hamoa Bay, Maui|
I’d not been to Maui before, so I was happy to take in a few of the sights. I stayed at the Westin Maui over on the west side of the island. Quick review: I am not a resort kind of a girl--too many people, too loud, too generic. I’m a huge fan of the Westin brand, but once I was in the hotel, I could have been in Columbus, or Chicago or anywhere. It makes me sad to think that a visitor to Maui might go to a resort, seldom leave and think that they had really seen Hawai’i. Needless to say, I did not hang around the pool all day!
After checking out some shops in Wailuku, I decided to drive back to the resort around the northwestern side of the island, instead of the more usual southwestern route. I had not read the guide book before I set out so I did not know that the road gets progressively more narrow and winding as you go, to the point where it is one lane in spots. So what’s the big deal? The one lane has a cliff dropping to the ocean on one side and a wall of rock on the other. And no guard rail. There was really only one hairy moment when I came head to head with another car and had nowhere to go. I love to drive, so this was a delightful side trip for me, though I can see how nervous drivers might freak out in some parts.
|Maui, northwest coast, with Moloka'i in the distance|
After that spectacular drive, I almost didn’t drive the renowned road to Hana--I figured it was probably just more of what I had already done. I left very early (6am) to avoid traffic which was well worth it, as there were very few cars on the road and the morning light was beautiful. Really, after my drive the day before it seemed long, but pretty easy (guard rails!), and full of twists and turns and one-lane bridges. The scenery is lush and green and smells of earth, waterfalls and flowers.
|Lava rock shoreline at Ke'anae|
|Koki Beach, Maui|
|Hamoa Bay, near Hana, Maui|
On to Kaua’i...
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