Maui trip August 2006. Part 5 The road to Hana and the end

Maui Trip Report – Part 5 Driving the east side of Maui and on the road to Hana

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Burning the sugar cane near Paia

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Windsurfing just beyond Paia

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The Road to Hana – Get ready for a trip back in time to the old style, slower paced Hawai’i and the most beautiful tropical rainforests you’ve ever seen! But be prepared to take your time getting there, as the road to Hana offers some of the most spectacular scenery found anywhere in the Hawaiian islands, but the road is long and winding, with over 600 curves and 54 bridges. It’s only 53 miles from Kahului Airport to Hana, but it usually takes about 2½ to 3 hours to make the drive, of course that depends on how often you stop.

We stopped and turned around about an hour or more from the end of the road. Denise had seen enough and driven enough since she once again volunteered to drive. I had told her that my only experience driving to Hana was with Tara at 9 years old and her cousin at 12 years old and my sister who had been on Oahu for a week. The girls fought in the back seat most of the way. I had a migraine and at one stop one of the kids pushed the driver’s door and it hit me right above my eye and I ended up with a black eye.We got to the end of the road past Hana where the 7 Sacred Pools are and it was pouring rain. We ran and looked at them then turned around.

View point along the way

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The Garden of Eden – Botanical Gardens

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The opening of Jurassic Park was filmed here

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Stupid peacock! He thought he saw another male but it was his reflection in the car. He was jumping and strutting around like he was trying to attack the other peacock. Denise had to back the car up so I could get in the door.

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Keanai Point where we stopped for fresh baked banana bread, cokes and a bathroom. Then we turned around and headed back.

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We were going to stop at the famous Mama’s Fish House for a beer and an appetizer but didn’t feel like paying for valet parking and eating at the restaurant in our bathing suits and cover-ups. So we went back to Paia and had appetizers at Milagros where we had eaten dinner at a few nights before. Milagros is a Mexican style restaurant trying to be Hawaiian at the same time. Some of their dishes were good but we had fish tacos that had fish that was over cooked.
Paia is a funky laid back historic, surfing/hippieish town somewhat like Haleiwa on the north shore of Oahu or Hanalei on the north shore of Kauai.
This was the last of the touristy things that Denise wanted to do. So the next few days were just sun and beach days.

Maui trip August 2006. Part 3 Doing the touristy stuff

Since Denise had never been to Hawaii I agreed that we would do some touristy stuff.
First off to make reservations for a snorkeling trip to Molokini and the Old Lahaina Luau (known as the most authentic luau on any of the islands). We went to Expedia Fun which was located at the next condo complex south of ours. We were helped by a very friendly, not pushy woman. She could have pushed a timeshare pitch to us but didn’t. We booked a snorkel trip on the Paragon, a catamaran that only takes 38 passengers. We wanted something small and that sailed. Then the woman called the Old Lahaina Luau for us. This was August 21st and the next reservations were not until September 8th. We decided to pass on that luau and book for the Feast at LeLe which is the only sit down dinner luau on the island. LeLe only seats about 140 guests. This sounded good to us. We had to be put on a waiting list hoping for a cancellation since they too were fully booked the rest of the week.

The snorkel trip was a lot of fun. We had to be at Maalaea Harbor at 7:00AM. The cat was just the right size. We motored out of the harbor then set sail to Molikini. The snorkeling was pretty good. The part of Molokini where our boat was anchored had some pretty incredible coral. The 3 member crew on the Paragon were great. The owner’s son was spending his last summer vacation day crewing before going back to Colorado to college. They served a continental breakfast and sandwiches and salad for lunch, sodas and beers. Cost $85 + tax per person.
Sailing back in to the harbor was pretty rough at times. Those of us who were not smart enough to move to the back of the boat when we had a chance to got pummled when tacking. Everything was soaked. Good thing nothing of value was with me on the front of the cat. It was a lot of fun though. One young man thought he could safely get to the back of the boat but fell down the stairs. After hearing his fall I knew not to even try to get back there.

Looking at Haleakala from the water.

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The Paragon

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She may be small but when she was working the sails she was all muscle!

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The Feast at LELE

The luau is held ocean front so the views were spectatular. The five course dinner represented the islands of Hawaii, New Zealand, Tahiti and Samoa and a dessert course. Wines were recommended for each course and we tried all of them. The food was nicely presented and for the most part was very good. There were a couple of dishes that we didn’t rave about but others that were fabulous. The Hawaiian dishes of Pahole Fern and Heart of Palm salad and the Kahula Pork were probably my two favorite.
The caramel macadamia nut tort with Haupi (coconut pudding) and the Hawaiian vintage chocolate truffles were to die for. And I am not much of a dessert eater. After the first course it was too dark to take photos.

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The little cutie who was at the table next to us. Her mother agreed with me that the diapers added a nice touch to her hula outfit.

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Our wait staff

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My lei

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The show
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I don’t know who this man is but I got many photos of the back of his bald head because of where our table was.

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The cost of the luau and show was $105 and was worth every penny of it.
It was a great evening.
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