Post # 17
Do it yourselves. We did the bus tour and we had a great time, don’t get me wrong, but DH and I regreted not doing our own thing. We rented a mustang instead of a jeep when on Maui and thought it would be too hard to drive it to Hana…oh well! The tour stops at amazing spots and we felt like we had enough time at each one. However, being at the mercy of someone else’s schedule kinda sucks.
Get the banana bread.
Post # 18
Do the drive yourselves – it is amazing, beautiful, and although it is absolutely narrow and there are a lot of hairpin turns, you will be taking it slow enough that it doesn’t really feel dangerous. I’ve done this three times, and it is always fun, with amazing scenery.
I think someone already mentioned Maui Revealed – you absoutely need that book. Easily the best guidebook I’ve ever used on any trip, and spot-on with advice about every possible stop and attraction.
And…now I’m missing Maui. 🙂
Post # 19
This all sounds exciting! 🙂 I will actually be in Maui in 4 weeks time, for a week. SO has a business convention there and we are staying at the Four Seasons hotel. I will definitely be looking into this road to Hana and I’ve ordered the Maui Revealed book from Amazon. I’ve also taken screenshots of certain things like where to find coconut candy 😉 I don’t like tourists or crowds so I would prefer us to be by ourselves discovering this gorgeous island, but the car and GPS tour app sound like they will be great 🙂 I can’t wait!
Post # 20
you have to have excellent driving skills and nerves of steel for the complete drive. Also, rental companies may not insure you for the portion of the road that goes past Hana. There are great stops along this highway including a lava tube on private property you can pay to see. Worth it to us! Start very early in the morning. An open top jeep or convertible would be awesome! Every few kilometers it felt like we had entered a different garden! We were there in March of last year and loved Mauii.
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Post # 22
I say do your research and drive yourself. It doesn’t seem very romantic to be on a crowded bus tour.
Post # 23
Thank you for the tip about the car phone charger. I would have completely forgotten about that! Thank you so much for the food suggestions. I actually have the Maui Brewing Company booked marked on my computer already. I think I found it on yelp. But DH loves beer too, so we definitely have to go there! Thanks again so much for all the awesome advice!!
Okay. Cool. I think we are leaning towards just doing halfway, because I see enough cow country here in Cali. LOL. Do you happen to remember the name of the food stand? Pork tacos sound reallly yummy. And DH loves banana bread, so we will definitely be getting that!
I can’t remember off the top of my head, maybe you might know. But if we turned around before the ‘desert’ area, would we still see the Seven Sacred Pools? I remember reading or seeing somewhere that the Seven Sacred Pools are past the halfway point. Correct me if I’m wrong!
Omg. That picture is beautiful!! Yeah, after everyones input, we will definitely be driving ourselves. It seems like the only way to go!
Okay. Great! Some people say it’s dangerous and others say that it’s not. But I don’t mind driving slow, and I definitely don’t mind pulling over (if we can) and letting people go around us. Thank you!
You are going exactly a month before I am! I definitely don’t like crowds either, so I hope it’s not too crowded in late March/early April. I hope you have a blast!!
We’re going to be there the last few days in March and the first week of April. Did you see any whales during that time last year?? I know it’s late in whale season. But I am hoping to maybe whale watch!
Thanks again! I’ll definitely be buying that.
That is so true. Not romantic at all. We will definitely be driving ourselves. 🙂
Post # 24
yes we did! We saw them from our house as well as from the highway the day we drove the road to Hana.
Post # 25
I didn’t get to do the Road to Hana, but I will recommend getting your ass up at 3am and going to see the sunrise on Haleakala. It was cold, so if you go, bring something warm to wear – but it was probably the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.
Also, I don’tknow where you’re planning on staying when you go, but Mala in Lahaina has the best Mai Tai’s of Hawaii.
I would also recommend eating at Star Noodle, the executive chef was a finalist on Top Chef last year. Amazing food.
Post # 26
The only dangerous part is when the big semi-trucks take the sharp curves at 35+ mph and it scares the shit out of everyone in the car.
Honestly, Hana itself isn’t anything special. The drive is pretty cool, but it’s a pretty tourist-y thing to do, regardless of the tour bus or rented car. I’d say going half way is the best of all worlds. You don’t spend the full day driving around and you get a chance to see some beautiful things.
My advice: You must do sunrise at Haleakala. Definitely go to that and spend as much time there as possible. There’s also a cabin/restaurant on the way down that makes some amazing pancakes. It makes you really feel like you’re in the mountains in some distance not-Hawaii place.
For those of us who live in Hawaii, that’s something awesomely special 🙂 You probably don’t want anything non-Hawaiian while you’re there.
But seriously, that’s an amazing experience. Sunrise part is key.
Post # 27
We drove ourselves on the road to Hana, get a small car.
Post # 28
I don’t even think there was a name. when we went, there was a place right next to one of waterfalls, it’s not that. It’s on the left on your way up, and it’s a parking strip and a little strip of a few vendors who sell food, local candy and even I think some souvenirs. there’s not a lot of options up there so it should be easy to recognize
Post # 29
Oh, I don’t recall exactly where we turned around. This was a long time ago. But I think it was just at a point where we realized we were kind of “over it”, if you will, and knew we had the same amount of time back. Sorry, I wish I had a better estimate of where.
Post # 30
If I remember correctly the seven sacred pools are after the Venus Pool, but definitely before the desert part.
The waterfall I mentioned earlier is in the same park as the seven sacred pools. They were pretty, but not as fun as I thought (and pretty windy when we were there).