Honeymoon Recap: Road to Hana, Part 2
If you missed Part 1, click here.
After the arboretum, we drove down to the small village of Keanae. The town is on an old lava flow, and the waves came crashing onto the lava rocks in spectacular fashion!
I even have some video of it.
Back on the Road to Hana, we tried to stop at a few waterfalls, but of course there were people EVERY WHERE! And the road ain’t exactly built for lots of stopped cars and pedestrians. So we did a drive by.
We finally made it to Hana. I kind of expected it to be bigger.
Anyway, we had some lunch, and then decided to find the Red Sand Beach. To get to the beach, we felt as if we were trespassing by these private cottages. We went through a field with a small cemetery.
Next we went to our right and down some rather treacherous paths. I would not recommend this to the elderly.
At first we came to a spot, that rather reminded me of the Northwest U.S. It’s all very green and rocky.
(Can you see the tiny people climbing up the side of the hill? That’s what we had just come down.)
Finally some people come from the way behind us in that picture. They told us that we should follow the path that they just came from and we would find the Red Sand Beach. Again, more slippery slopes for climbing.
And then we found it.
It was so cool and out-of-the way. Although other people had found it, too. We decided not to further risk our necks and climb down to the actual beach.
Another site at Hana is Fagan’s Cross. It’s a three mile hike up to the cross, which was erected in memory of Paul Fagan, the founder of the Hana ranch and Hotel Hana-Maui. Since it was almost 5pm and we still had to drive back to the Hotel (at least 2 hours), we decided to admire the cross from afar.
After that, it was time to head home. I let Matt drive, while I took a nap (and a few more pictures from the road).
The town down there is Keanae (where the crazy waves were). I thought it looked so picturesque from the Road. I feel as if that picture could have been taken up here in New England.
On our drive back, Matt and I decided that we were both glad that we did the Road to Hana. Although we don’t know if we need to do it again any time soon. I’m so happy that we had our Frommer’s guide book. Some of the stops along the way are literally just dirt paths off the side of the road.