As I mentioned in the initial write-up I had arranged with a colleague to share a rental car and hotel expenses while touring two of the other islands.


Maui

The attraction on Maui that I really wanted to visit was Haleakala National Park, which includes the primary volcano on Maui. Fred, however, wanted to travel to Hana. There wasn't time for both. We compromised by going to Hana. The drive was gorgeous and I don't regret it.

Maui is very lush with numerous waterfalls. That translates into a lot of rain. It rained most of the time that we were there, but I became pretty adept at juggling an umbrella and my camera.


Maui

We didn't stop much on the way out to Hana because it's a long way and we would be returning over the same road in the afternoon. At one point there was a brief moment of sunshine that turned one of the many waterfalls into a lovely rainbow, but it was passed by. I'm not sure why we stopped at this particular spot, but this is where the picture was in sequence. Beauty alone wasn't enough reason - there was simply too much of it.

As it happened, we were running out of time on the return so we didn't stop then either.


Oheo Gulch

The place where we spent most of our time in the Hana area, once we got there, was the 'Ohe'o Gulch, which was at that time called "the seven sacred pools." It is actually part of the Haleakala Park.

The bridge carries the Hana Road over the gulch.

The iconic place to stay in this area of Maui was the Hana Ranch. It still exists although it has gone through numerous changes since the time that I was in the neighborhood. The resort, however, was well beyond our budget, so we didn't even consider it. Our plans were to return to the more populated part of the island for the night.

Maui is the one place I would really like to revisit in Hawaii. AND I'd like to stay at the Hana Ranch!


Oheo Gulch

This is the view of the pools leading down to the sea.

I've been told that taking pictures detracts from the enjoyment of the moment, but I disagree. I delve more into a place while prowling around looking for its most striking features.

My most vivid memory of Maui is scrambling up and down this gorge enjoying all the lovely views -- only a couple of which are included here.


Waterfall

One of the waterfalls discharging into the gulch.


Maui Coast

The volcanic origin of the island can be easily seen here in spite of the favorable growing conditions.


The Hana Road

Looking back along the Hana Road. The gulch is off to the left.

At one time I had fantasized about continuing on from Hana completely around the island, but the road was very rugged and required an off-road capable vehicle. I don't know if that is still the case.

As you can see, the road to get this far isn't exactly a super-highway.


Maui

Not every place is lush. The formation of the trees shows that this is the windward side of the island.


Iao Needle

The following day we made a short visit to Iao Valley State Park. The pinnacle is known as the Iao Needle. I remember that it was raining pretty steadily and it was a challenge to wrestle an umbrella and take pictures.

It was time to move on, however, and we had a plane to catch to Hawaii, the Big Island. We would arrive in Kona and drive along the southern coast to Hilo.


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