If you’re planning a trip to Maui, you’ve likely heard of the Road to Hana. The Hana Highway is an approximately 50-mile long road that winds and stretches along the coast from Kahului to Hana in eastern Maui. While Google Maps suggests that the drive can be completed in two hours, plan on spending all day on this stretch of land, as you will be immersed by the tremendous beauty that surrounds you. While you will want to get out and take pictures, you don’t have to leave the comfort of your vehicle to get a top notch window show as you weave in and out of the meandering two lane “highway” (and sometimes barely two lanes, at that). While some websites may recommend that you take a tour with a group, we found that having our own vehicle allowed us to enjoy the trail at our own pace. We were able to stop when we wanted to, take photographs when we wanted to, and take side roads when we wanted to.
Of the four Hawaiian Islands we’ve been to, Maui is our favorite. We have found it to have the perfect blend of natural beauty and youthfulness. The varied landscapes were fascinating and left much to be discovered around every corner. Here are some reasons why Maui is our favorite island.
Let’s take things back to 2003 on my first trip to Hawaii. My mom, grandmother, and I took the 11-hour journey out to the islands. We went to Maui and Kauai. It was the furthest I had ever been from home, and it helped plant the seed of exploration in me. These photographs were shot with a disposable camera and likely developed at a Fotomat.
If you live in the Northeast and you’re not away for the long weekend, you probably have taken note of the fact that it’s incredibly cold outside. When it gets a little warmer, but not too warm, we will make a point to head over to Brooklyn to Coney Island.