Saturday, March 24, 2007

Escape to Hana

We stocked up on some supplies-fresh pineapple, bananas and other groceries and headed out of town to Hana. The road to Hana is a narrow two lane winding road that is full of majestic pull-outs-waterfalls, pools, overlooks and fruit stands. Driving down this road, we had the feeling of escaping to somewhere truly special and secluded. Most people take this road down and back in the same day but to spend a few days down there is a treat. The weather changed from sunshine to mist to downpour as this part of the island is the wettest, with 300 inches of rain a year. It is very much a rainforest with tropical plants and birds. We stopped at several parks, walked along the coast viewing blowholes and sea arches-the crashing waves throwing their spray high up into the air. From our vantage point, we could see many fountains of spray shooting upward, and foamy waves hitting the cliffs. At the end of the day, we arrived in Hana, a lovely small village with no more than 2 general stores and one restaurant that is open only some of the time. Our cottage is a short walk to a secluded beach, sitting next to a koi pond. It is peaceful and quiet. This is the Maui that I had imagined!

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