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Road to Hana – Maui, Hawaii

I take a lot of pictures when I travel. I want to capture every moment so I can remember it and have it live forever in pictures.

Last week when we had a heat wave in L.A., I reminisced of a place where if felt like fall. The pictures I shared had fall stamped in each one of them.

Well, this week is rainy and gloomy. It has been raining 3 days straight and I was thinking this morning while I was making my pot of hot oatmeal, I wonder what the weather is like in Hawaii right now? Well I’m 99.99% sure it’s clear and sunny 🙂  I love Hawaii,  it is one of my favorite places to go for vacation.

So I thought I’d share some sun and fun on the blog..since it’s rainy and gloomy right outside my window.

A few years ago, I went to Maui. One of the must-do in Maui is making the trip and driving the Road to Hana.  The heavenly Hana (as a lot of tourist pamphlet calls it) is isolated from the rest of the island. They say it’s one of the last undeveloped tropical paradise on Maui.

Excited to see the first waterfall along the route.

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I can hear it but I can’t see the waterfall yet.

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There it is. I was so tempted to jump in but there were warning signs all over that it was dangerous.

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Moving along….

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Halfway thru the drive, it got hot and I did an outfit change.

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This was a long drive but worth it. The roads were really small and tight and some parts of the drive allowed only one way traffic because it was so tight, each car had to take turns passing the road from each direction.

There were times where we were driving on the dirt road so close to the trees that I got slapped by bamboo sticks in the face a few times while sitting in the passenger seat. What an experience!

Before we started the road trip to Hana, that same morning, we also checked out Haleakala National Park, it’s 10,000+ feet above sea level and we watched the sunrise while looking down at the clouds. It was euphoric to say the least, will be sharing the pictures in the future.

What are your favorite places to go on vacation?

P.S. Rebecca is doing a Blog Bake & Make Sale to raise money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer! I donated 2 jars of my  Coconut Granola to the bake sale and will customize it for the highest bidder. Check it out here.

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Comments

  1. Gorgeous pictures!! Wish I was there right now or atleast someday soon!

  2. Lea your pictures are breathtaking — a true paradise.

    And I love the man-o-war sign with all the jellyfish surrounding that poor guy!

  3. I spent 6 years of my childhood living in San Francisco and we visited Hawaii twice. It truly is amazing there. Your pictures are gorgeous. Brings back fabulous memories

  4. Your photos are awesome!! Makes me want to go to Hawaii (as if I didn’t want to go already!

  5. Wow, nice pictures! I lived on the Big Island when I was little but never visited Maui. One day I will!

  6. The road to Hana was actually one of my least favorite parts of Maui 😦 Maybe because we did it after sunrise atop Mt Haleakala at 3 AM and then spent the rest of the day in the car…and it was very rainy 😦 Not my fave part of the trip!

    • Alyssa, we did the same thing too. We watched the sunrise at Mt. Haleakala then after we did the Road to Hana. A lot of coffee and roadside banana bread were consumed to stay awake.

  7. wow beautiful pictures! i would love to go there on vacation with my husband someday… will have to add it to my list! 🙂

  8. It’s been raining for the past three days here too! I live in san diego, so it’s a bit weird to have gloomy weather. And you live in southern california too? San Diego I’m guessing? maybe I need to check your about me section! love your blog

    • Angelalovesfood, Hi there 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog.

      I live in Orange County now. I went to school at SDSU and live in San Diego for years in Mira Mesa. The sun is out today so hopefully it’s the same where you are too.

  9. that place is goorrgeousssss 🙂

  10. Thank-you so much for visiting my blog “To be the Whole Package” 🙂

    I don’t know if you noticed but I’ve moved to Toronto Girl West (http://torontogirlwest.com). Hopefully you’ll stop by my new casa in the blogosphere!

    Your scenery pictures are absolutely lovely. Looks like a wonderful time.

    As for my favourite place to vacation – I have lots. And for very different reasons. One of my recent discoveries was Tulum, Mexico. It’s way off the beaten path; a couple of hours South of Cancun. It’s a totally isolated beach that’s actually off the grid.

    It was pristine. Nearly deserted. And perfect. 🙂

    • Hi Toronto Girl West, thanks for coming by and leaving a comment.

      Hawaii is so beautiful, I can’t get enough of it. Wow, you’ve been to Tulum? I’ve never been but I did a lot of research because I was narrowing down the places for our destination wedding. We’ve decided to go to Puerto Vallarta instead because there’s a venue there that I loved. But Tulum is beautiful as well as Riviera Maya.

  11. Absolutely stunning pictures! I need something like that now.. I think we should move to Maui 😀

  12. LA weather is annoying me. First the heat wave, then this gloominess. I shall have to take sanctuary in a virtual trip to this beautiful, stunning place.

  13. wow, it looks absolutely beautiful there! I would love to go sometime. I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii. Also, wanted to let you know I love that shirt you’re wearing in the second half of the pictures – so cute!

  14. The Road to Hana was the most memorable part of our Maui vacation. I am just glad that I was driving and not in the backseat–the folks back there were queasy after that long curvy road.

    Great photos–thanks for allowing me to recall some great memories.

    • Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      I was actually the passenger the whole time and I felt bad for the driver. As much as I enjoyed each scenic spot and taking a lot of pictures, there are parts of the road where it can be very stressful and especially for the drivers.

  15. What gorgeous pictures! I love them! And isn’t it fun to look back at old pictures of trips when its all gloomy where you are?

    • Tina..you’re so correct. Whenever the weather is making me feel the blues…I just look back at all my tropical getaways and day dream of when I can visit again 🙂 It’s an instant mood lifter upper.

  16. I’ve done the Road to Hana twice, and while it was nice, I didn’t think it was the most amazing part of the island. Last time I went to Maui, we actually drove around the ENTIRE island. Started going to the north side, and then the next day we did the Road to Hana but instead of turning around and going back the smae way, we just continuted going until we made it all the way around again. and let me just say THAT road is worth it’s weight in gold. It was SPECTACULAR. Luckily, we had 4 wheel drive in some areas, but seriously…it was paradise on earth. I highly recommend it.

    • Thanks for checking out my blog 🙂

      We didn’t drive all the way, we turned back because we were sissy’s with out cheap rental car and didn’t think we would make it on the dirt road. Having a 4 wheel drive would have been such a blast. I’ll keep that in mind for the next trip to Maui.

  17. Nice photos! I’m the same way with pictures if I have the camera with me. Pictures of everything. lol.

  18. oh my gosh this takes me way back! my mom and i did the drive to hana when i was 3, and again when i was 10. i went back to oahu when i was 21, but sadly, not maui. i absolutely loved the black sand beach. ahh.

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