The Road to Hana - The Infinite Ending Photography


The Road to Hana

Now, you might expect something to be in Hana, since this road leads there. The only thing that awaits you in Hana, is yourself. You'll understand this when you go there.

Hopefully Looking through the next several parts to this may help you understand what that means.


Now I've included this map, which is showing all of the Geotagging done with my iPhone pictures, to show you where everything is.

So far, we've seen things on the western half of the island, which is basically two volcanos right next to each other.

The road to Hana starts somewhere between Kahului, and Haiku, and heads east along the edge where jungle meets the infinite ocean. 

There are several places to stop along the way... amazing things to see. So many wonderful things, and the people are wonderful too. At one point I saw someone living in a tent in the jungle, and I thought... "I could do that."

I laughed... but then realized it wasn't funny. I actually wanted to live in a tent here.

So one of the best tips to take on Maui, is what is called “The Road to Hana” You make a trip along the northeastern edge of the island to a small town called Hana, through jungle, mountain, and rain. Several spots along the way reminded me of things I had seen in Jurassic Park. If you get carsick as a passenger, you’ll want to drive this. If you get carsick as a driver, I’m sorry. The road winds around, there are sharp hairpin turns, wet roads, one-lane bridges, and jungle growth that extends onto the roadway. One edge of the road is the edge... meaning “don’t look down.” Now this all sounds dangerous as it should, but let me tell you this: “It’s worth it” We had used an app called Shaka Guide. I have to recommend it, as it really made the experience that much better. The app was free, and we chose a $6 in app purchase which got us the 6-10 hour Road to Hana guide. There was a 12 hour version... maybe next time. The app tracks your location, so battery charger for your phone is crucial. As you pass various points along the way, it triggers prerecorded snippets of audio. The guy talking is not annoying, and we found to be a fun personality. The points along the way were placed so well, it’s like the guy was in the car telling us exactly where to pull over to park. One of the stops was to check out a lava tube. A lava tube is created when there is a large flow of lava and the outside of it cools to form a hard shell around the flow. If the flow stops, and can evacuate the lava tube before cooling, it remains hollow. This Lava tube was no labeled along the road. The guide said to look the thick plants across from where he told us to park. Sure enough... and in we went. Such a cool experience.

In times like this, my wife and I cannot put into words just how amazing it is, so all we can think to say... “Sure doesn’t suck here” Now as I list off all of these destinations, I may want to add that part of this “Road to Hana”, as the guide in the app will say... it’s not really the destinations that are important. Even if you don’t really stop at anything, and stay on this long, amazing road you may find it to be a very humbling experience. The guide let us know about the Shaka. When you fold in the three middle fingers and stick out the thumb and pinky. This is used as hello, goodbye, be well, aloha. And it’s cool that you actually see it being used. Aloha isn’t just a way to say hello, but also I love you. It means many things like so many words in their language. Mahalo is thank you. I said this a lot and got many smiles in return. The people here are amazingly friendly, genuine. On the road to Hana, there are very few places to stop for restroom, or places to eat. Bring food, bring cash. There is not usually much cell phone reception here, if any... and we only saw one place that took credit cards. Oh... bring water, a camera, and good company.

I hope you get a chance to see this in your lifetime. It's truly amazing. 

I can't wait to go back!