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The Road to Hana

Sightseeing and playing in the

Tropical Rain Forest of Maui

8am until 6pm

Up to 6 person groups

Door to door service

$600 for 2 people,

$100 each after that

 

  The Road to Hana takes us first through the quaint little town of Paia on Maui’s north shore. From Paia, we pass Mama’s Fish House and Ho’okipa Beach where we can stop and watch the big wave surfers tackle the largest recurring waves on earth (conditions permitting). A bit further down the Road to Hana we encounter the Huelo Lookout, a quaint little roadside stand with really good Banana Bread. Not far from there, we have the option of taking a walk through a forest of Chinese Bamboo. Our guides know the history of the “Ala Loa”, or “The Kings Trail” and the “Sugar Cain Train” and how those evolved into the current Road to Hana. We also have wonderful stories of the entire history of the Hawaiian Islands including the pre-contact settlement of the islands by the Polynesians from the South Pacific, the “discovery” of the islands by Captain Cook and the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy in recent years. For the geology and History buffs, we have awesome stories to educate and entertain. All along the Road to Hana, there are many roadside stands that have fresh, local fruits, coconut candy, pineapples and coconuts and various other local treats. We’ll let you know when a roadside stand or restroom break is coming up and you get to decide if you’d like to stop or move along to the next great play stop. For the nature and flora enthusiasts, there are two different arboretums that we have the option of strolling through and reading about the trees and flowers and plants. About halfway out to Hana is the Keanae Peninsula, the home of the last commercial Taro farm on Maui. We can drive down there and enjoy the incredible views of the rustic coastline and the Ko’olau Gap as well as the Lanakila Church built in 1860. And, if she’s open, we have the opportunity to buy the best macadamia nut brittle that I’ve ever tasted from a local Hawaiian gal who lives there in Keanae. It’s my new weakness! Back up on the Road to Hana is my favorite swimming hole on Earth. It’s a tropical waterfall, just below the road, that most people don’t even notice as they drive right on by. It has a beautiful cascading waterfall spilling into a crystal clear fresh water pool. This swimming hole is fed by an underground aquifer, a spring, just up the canyon so the water is always fresh and clean and it leaves your hair and skin feeling silky smooth and soft,,, good minerals I guess! For those who can make the short, fairly easy hike down to the pool it’s the best swimming hole I know. After that, we pass another nice roadside stand. This one actually has restrooms, or, at least, porta-potties, and an ATM. Not far from there is a top-secret roadside cave that nobody knows about. We’ve named it Banyan Cave because of the Banyan tree and the mouth of the cave. We provide headlamps and we can stop and explore the cave if you’re up to it. After that is Coconut Glens Big Dumb Coconut Shack. He makes awesome coconut milk based ice cream and we can stop and have a cup if you’d like. Shortly after that, we come to the first of our lunch options. It’s a series of roadside stands, all shoulder to shoulder, called the Nahiku Market Place. There we can choose from the Island Chef’s stir-fry and deep fried items, the Island Tacos next door or some really good Thai food. We never know who’s actually open and cooking until we pull up and take a look, but there are several options there that we can check out. Another 15 minutes up the Road to Hana we arrive in Hana Town. There, we have a few restaurants we can choose from. The Hana Ranch Restaurant is a less formal, come as you are, kind of restaurant specializing in burgers and fries, fish, chicken or pork sandwiches and really good salads. The Ka’uiki Dining Room, the restaurant inside the Hana Hotel, is a bit more formal with an Italian food menu. Also in Hana there is another Thai food place and the ever popular Braddah Hutts Grill. This is a local Hawaiian family cooking BBQ in their front yard. They have local, catch of the day, fish, pork, chicken and ribs. They also do great fish tacos and, sometimes, shrimp stir fry. Those are the main lunch options that we have. Your guide will describe for you in a bit more detail each of those choices and you get to decide where you want to eat. We don’t get free lunch or kick-backs to take you to any particular place. We want you to have the choice. Just outside Hana Town is the Hana Lava Tube. This is the largest cave on Maui. It was an underground river of molten lava 950 years ago and it is absolutely fascinating to explore. One of the “must-do” stops along the way is the Wai’anapana State Park. There, you will be treated to an incredible black sand beach with a dry cave right there on the beach, a lava sea arch and a blow hole. Beyond Hana, if we choose to go around the south side, we can visit Koki and Hamoa beaches, the nicest white-sand beaches out in the Hana area and a local favorite for the surfers. Also, we may budget our time to stop and swim in Venus Pools where we can do some cliff jumping into the pool right at the ocean’s edge. A bit farther up the road we’ll be treated to the South Wailua Falls. This is a pretty tall fall right off the side of the Road to Hana and a great spot for pictures. We also have the chance to take on last swim in the pool at the base of the falls. Then, the Road to Hana passes right over the top of the Seven Sacred Pools, where we can get pictures from the bridge. Please note, due to falling rocks and unstable cliffs, the Seven Sacred Pools are no longer open for swimming. Rounding the south side of the Haleakala Volcano we can stop and see Charles Lindbergh’s grave next to a 150 year old church that overlooks the ocean from above the Kipahulu cliffs. Passing through the desert area of Kaupo, we get a chance to view the Kaupo Gap. It was a massive lava flow about a million years ago that melted away the crater rim and flowed all the way down the mountain to the ocean. It’s incredible to see. Then, we –pass right over the top of the most recent lava flows anywhere on Maui, the La Perouse Bay area. We get to see several little miniature volcanoes called Cinder Cones and the lava flows that came out of them. Some look like they may have flowed yesterday with scarcely any life upon them. Rounding the corner from there we find ourselves in the “Upcountry” area of Maui. The views from the Kula Highway there in the Upcountry are phenomenal. We’ll definitely want to stop and get pictures of the 4 neighboring islands that make up Maui County. As we descend down the Haleakala Highway we are treated to views of the sugar cane fields and, often times, wonderful rainbows over the Makawao and Paia areas.  From there we head back to your hotel.

This tour is different every time we do it. We give you the information, and the choices, and you get to decide whether we go all the way around the volcano or not, where we stop to play and spend our time, and even where we eat our lunch. We have no fixed itinerary and no hidden agendas. We don’t take kick-backs or have any incentive to take you to any particular store of restaurant like the cattle buses do. So you make the decisions. You get to customize the tour your way. After all, you’ve worked long and hard to get to be able to vacation here on Maui, this is your day. When you book your Road to Hana Tour with Maui’s Private Guide, you get to spend it your way. I want to thank you for dropping by and taking the time to read all this. I look forward to meeting you and sharing an awesome day with you here in paradise. Aloha.