We put the top down on the jeep and tuned the radio to some reggae music early on a Maui Thursday morning. It was our first full day on the island and the perfect time to head out on the journey on the road to Hana. The Road to Hana is not so much a destination as it is an experience and adventure. The road is about 50 miles long with over 600 curves and about 50 one lane bridges. We stopped at almost every scenic point so, the round trip took us about 12 hours.
The road to Hana leads you through plush rainforests, beautiful waterfalls, a bamboo forest, lava rock splash pools, the only black sand beach in the world, caves and the seven sacred pools. By far, this drive is the most beautiful and most scenic drive I have ever been on in my entire life. Every single view looks like a postcard. About a third of the drive was spent with me standing out the top of the jeep snapping pictures. I took about 400 pictures just on this one day, hence the many pics in this blog post. There were so many amazing pictures captured so it was very difficult for me to narrow them down.
It seemed that every path we walked down led to a beautiful waterfall. No matter where we stopped to eat our picnic lunch, we were guaranteed a breathtaking scenic view. The black sand beach was so cool too see and even more special to stand on. It is literally the only one in the entire world. It occurred when the hot lava flowed down the mountain and met the cold ocean. This crystalized the lava making the black sand; amazing. Next to the black sand beach was a beautiful cave where the ground was covered with smooth black rocks. When the waves flowed out of the cave, it sounded like music as it flowed out over the rocks; just beautiful. I captured a video of it, but again, it doesn’t do it any justice. It is much more profound in person.
This drive is one of those experiences in life that you cannot fully understand unless you experience it. I promise you that the pictures do not do it any justice. Its like seeing Niagara Falls or the Grand Canyon. Yes, the pictures are beautiful but it is simply not possible to capture the beauty in its entirety unless you see it for yourself.
I am forever changed by Hawaii; it is breathtaking at every view.