An Argument Against the Hana Road

May 24th, 2005, 07:11 PM
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I agree with you sophielite about spending the night in Hana. Unfortunately, we didn't. I got carsick from driving (well I was the passenger!) the winding road while reading my guide book so we wouldn't miss any of the great places to stop along the way! I felt so gross that we only stopped at the beach. We couldn't even venture to the 7 pools. Then my husband insisted on trying to keep up with the local in front of us (I guess he wanted to challenge himself) on the way back. He was so sick that night he couldn't eat dinner. I wouldn't advise someone not to do it, it was beautiful, but if I could ever talk my DH into driving it again (he just groans when he hears the word Hana), I would do it differently.
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May 24th, 2005, 11:49 PM
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The road to Hana twists and winds its way into a peaceful paradise. The paradise is hidden, however, and you won't find it without the magic password. The password is "slooooow dooooown".

You have to be willing to meander down a side road and find a deserted bit of wind-tossed sea in the early morning light. Or pull off the road, get out of the car, and start walking with your towel and a pair of water shoes. When you reach the natural pool, put on the water shoes, and walk across the wet stones into the refreshing cold water, next to the waterfall. There's no swim-up bar. There aren't any lounge chairs. Or maybe you will pull off the road and notice chang's pond. doesn't look like much from the road, but if you make your way down to it, and find yourself and your loved one alone there, listening to the water, thinking of poetry, studying the color of the water, and watching your husband search out the little tiny fish he spotted in the pond... You'll find yourself in a paradise with a spirit much gentler than the hustle and bustle of Kaanapali coast.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, perhaps the road to hana should be crossed off your list. If you understand, then consider spending a night or 2 in Hana, as we did... The slower, the better.

Here_Today_gone2maui is right.

Maui Revealed book is a good resource, except that it gives you the impression that you can see lots of the natural wonders reality, you will see very few of them, maybe only 1 or 2, or perhaps 3...because they take more time than you think they will. Also, when you reach a sight described in Maui Revealed, it might not look the same as described, because the water levels vary a lot.

Driving the road to Hana is a waste of time if you aren't planning on getting out of the car, getting off the road, and letting yourself get lost in a timeless world where nothing more exciting happens than dipping your toes in the cold water.

If you stay in Hana for a night or 2, try to plan the drive in and out so that you avoid the peak traffic. It's much more relaxing that way. If you do Hana as a day-trip, you'll be stuck with the traffic flow, no way to avoid it really... I personally don't think Hana is good for a day-trip, unless maybe you live close by...
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May 25th, 2005, 04:21 AM
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"slooooow dooooown"?????

It is not possible to go more than 20 or 30 mph on the road to Hana. Just how slow do you have to go to enjoy this road?
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May 25th, 2005, 03:59 PM
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Rusty, slooooow on the Hana side of the island isn't about speed limit of your car. It's about your "inner speed limit"!

If you have your "inner speed limit" set on fast-forward, you are sure to find the road to Hana an annoying, frustrating waste of time.

To enjoy the Hana side of the island, you've got to have your "inner speed limit" set to..."rewind", which is below zero. You've got to be willing and able to spend the whole entire day, from dawn to dusk, or even better 2 or 3 days, devoting all your time, energy, and attention to getting absolutely nothing accomplished, and enjoying it immensely!

And when you return home from Hana, you may find yourself unable to explain just why you enjoyed it so much, because it won't make sense to some people...It's slowing down enough to notice the way the light is reflecting on the water of Chang's pond...being quiet enough to hear the water's gentle sounds...Putting your bare feet in a cold pond that feels like it's in the middle of nowhere, and finding a deep satisfaction you never felt at the grand pools they have at the big hotels.

If this makes any sense to you, enjoy that peaceful inner place which is the ultimate destination that the road to Hana can lead you to.

If this sounds like nonsense to you, better stay off the road to hana, as you will feel your time is best spent elsewhere!
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May 25th, 2005, 04:44 PM
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I use Metamucil when my "inner speed limit" slows down.
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May 26th, 2005, 02:53 AM
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Kal, you have my sympathy!

One thing I'd like to add to this discussion. For us, the road to Hana wasn't the attraction, nor was the town of Hana. The road to Hana was the way to get to the other side of the island, away from the "city life" at Kaanapali. Also, we didn't think driving the road to hana was as bad as reported, because we've driven lots of twisty mountain roads; steep coastal roads with big drop-offs; bumpy dessert roads, all dirt and rock, on the way to a dessert cabin; and we don't live in a flat state (California.) We can go to the mountains or the dessert as a day-trip. We have all kinds of coastal roads.

How you feel about the road to hana depends on your experience, where you live, where you're used to driving.

For most people the road to hana isn't worthwhile as a day-trip, I suspect. But it's worthwhile if you can spend 1 or 2 nights in Hana, and you usually like getting away from the city into the countryside. Also I recommend a detailed guidebook, and expect that even with the guidebook (such as Maui Revealed) it's still not always easy to locate a particular waterfall or pool. But that's part of the adventure. If you don't like that sort of adventure stay in Kaanapali, where it seems that most Maui travellers are content to stay. (We like Hana and Wailea and the Maui Prince hotel better.)

If I return to Maui someday, I would either spend 2 or 3 nights in Hana, or else I would skip the road to hana entirely. A 6-hour drive (3 hours each way) doesn't leave enough time in the day to stop and enjoy the places you are passing! (We did spend 2 nights in Hana on this trip so we only had to drive 3 hours per day. Makes a big difference!)

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Jun 6th, 2005, 03:53 AM
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Sorry, Melissa5. How stupid of me not to know that when you said "slow down" you were referring to a person's "inner speed limit".
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Jun 6th, 2005, 04:24 AM
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There are so many lovely sights in Hawaii I thought the road to Hana was just a very long exhausting day.
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Jun 7th, 2005, 12:13 AM
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Aw, Rusty, don't feel so you have been enlightened!
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