Monday, December 29, 2008

Hawaii Day Five: The Road to Hana

Ron wanted to see some waterfalls so it was decided to go to Hana. We had to leave very early because most of the trip is on narrow, winding roads and although the distance is not very far, the time it takes to get there is. Riley got sick on the way up so we had to move him to the front of the car.

Right outside of Pa'ia it started to rain. I saw a rainbow over the sea and wish that I would have asked to stop so that I could have taken a picture of it. We saw other rainbows on the way back, but they were not over the sea.

We stopped in a few places on the way to Hana to take some pictures and for Riley to rest. We got Auntie Sandy's banana bread at Ke'anae Landing Fruit Stand. It was delicious!

Once we got to Hana, we drove past it onto more winding and even narrower roads to go and see the seven pools at Ohe'o Gulch, which is a part of Haleakala National Park and where Charles Lindbergh is buried in the cemetery outside of Palapala Ho'omau Congregational Church. The burial site would have been more difficult to find without a park ranger telling us to turn left at the vertical Maui Stables sign. Before we got to Ohe'o Gulch, we stopped at Wailua Falls, a waterfall by the side of the road. Unfortunately, we were not able to see the seven pools very well because of all the rain that had fallen. The pools were overflowing, and water was gushing everywhere.

We went back to Hana for lunch at Hana Ranch Restaurant Takeout. Then, we returned to Kihei because we did not want to be driving on the winding roads after dark. We got back in time for my niece and I to take another short bike ride.

The adults enjoyed the scenery and the sights, but the children did not really enjoy this trip.

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