Our first stop in Maui was Hana. If you haven’t heard about the road to Hana, it’s a very long and windy road with 59 bridges, 46 of which are one lane. There is a lot of yielding and potential for head-on collisions with distracted tourists and fast driving locals. There was a waterfall at almost every bridge we went over.
Since I took the week off from my day job, I’m scouting campgrounds with Brian. Our first stop was a YMCA Camp Keanae. It isn’t anything special and cost $35 per night per person for tent, car or van camping!
A much better option for tent campers is Waiʻanapanapa State Park in Hana. A campsite goes for $12 per night no matter how many people are in your tent.
Apparently, in the early mornings sea turtles can be seen on the black sand beach pictured above. We just saw tourists running across the beach to get to the trail as the waves were coming in hard and fast.
The roar of the ocean at the state park is loud and the waves are pretty violent. Some campers told us it was too loud and disturbed their sleep.
For some non-Campendium sight-seeing, we went to Piʻilanihale Heiau, the largest temple in all of Polynesia.
In my opinion, the best choice for tent, car, van or even cabin camping in Hana is Kipahulu Campground at Haleakalā National Park.
This national park has a lot of great trails. We went on the muddy Pīpīwai Trail to an enormous banyan tree and bamboo forest.
On a break from our Airstream for a few just a couple more weeks, pictured is our AirBnb in Hana.
We drive the road to Hana on our honeymoon (20 years later we still use “hanapepe” as a family-only synonym for happy surprise). It is a beautiful, white knuckled, car sick, stunning drive. Thanks for reminding me!!
Hi Katie! What a surprise to see your name! Happy New Year and good to hear from you! 🙂
Ah yes, we remember the Road to Hana some years ago. Slow going and beautiful!
Somehow Charles Lindbergh’s grave is there, I think…
Love your travelogue! And seeing Leigh and Brian looking wonderful.