Days 2 & 3: Road to Hana – Part 1 of 3

As is typical of any vacation, much can happen in 48 hours! Over the past two days we took our time, making frequent stops on the Hana Highway, more commonly known as the “Road to Hana.” The $4.99 Gypsy Guide app directed us to some “must-see” locations along the way.  On Wednesday we rose early, leaving by 6:00am and drove to Hana, arriving about 6:30pm and stayed overnight at the locally-owned Hana Maui Vacation Rental. On the second day we drove the “back side” of the Hana Highway and were rewarded with spectacular ocean and up-country views!  Below are just a few of the highlights of the two days; I hope you enjoy them!

Just past Pa’ia and AFTER coffee, we decided to stop at a local park and pull-off, Ho’okipa Beach Park, to watch surfers and venture down near the water. And what a great stop it was!  We were rewarded with two fabulous photo ops – a monk seal (endangered and protected) and a sea turtle, enjoying the early morning surf and sun. According to (Hawaii) island legend, it is a “privilege to see a monk seal.”

According to the NOAA Fisheries, there are fewer than 1100 Monk seals in Hawaii, and as such, they are unfortunately one of the most endangered mammals in the world! Seeing the seal was a privilege and a good omen. Malama!

Our next stops included Twin Falls, some coconut water, and the privately owned Garden of Eden Botanical Gardens. But along the way we stopped wherever and whenever – taking our good ‘ole time!

There’s more to come, but for now it’s off to the Kihei (key-hay) farmer’s market!

 

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