Anyone who has been to the Islands recently will tell you traffic and crowds at popular destinations are a hassle. Seriously. For real. But the hassle is avoidable. The trick is to get to the many destinations that are out of the Yelp-o-Sphere, without having to sacrifice scenic values to do so.
On a typical morning on Maui a commuter-style convoy of rental cars embarks on the serpentine Hana Highway, crossing dozens of one-lane bridges before reaching the quiet town and then pressing on to… Continue reading
All the sights of Maui are within a day’s drive. Almost all tourists stay on the west side, either in south in Kihei-Wailea or on the north end at Lahaina-Ka‘anapali-Kapalua. As an alternative,… Continue reading
Traveler’s on Maui’s winding-and-waterfall-filled Hana Highway should slow down 2 miles outside of the little town and hang a left to Wainapanapa State Park. Its black sand beach is the best snorkeling and… Continue reading
The Keanae Peninsula is about halfway along the Hana Highway, formed when a zillion cubic feet of lava blew out the west side of Haleakala’s Ko’olau Gap and fanned into the ocean. Although… Continue reading
Hana is a sleepy hamlet at the end of a long and winding road (to paraphrase George Harrison, who had a getaway pad halfway along). The highway’s dozens of narrow bridges and cliff-hanging… Continue reading
The Ko’olau Forest Reserve runs for about 10 miles paralelling the highway, extending inland to an elevation of about 4,000 feet. Roads connect an elaborate system of tunnels and irrigation ditches, many dating… Continue reading