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August 25th, 2016:

Hawaii – 2.12.16

Day Two – 2.12.16 – Road to Hana

My “must do” for the trip was driving the Road to Hana. I remembered it from way back when we got married and loved it! I wanted the kids to experience it, and I also wanted to hike all the way through the Bamboo forest in Haleakala National Park. It was raining too hard last time and we didn’t get very far.

But first things first – we got our first morning view from our Lanai. It definitely did not suck!

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Jason LOVED watching the water and the waves. I think he could’ve stood there all day.

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Ku’au Store in Paia for breakfast sandwiches and to grab some water and snacks for the drive. May or may not have been the best breakfast sandwich ever!¬†They also have the coolest fence ever :-)

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Hookipa Beach was supposed to have great surfing, which we really wanted to see. We stopped to check it out, but it turns out the waves were too big so the beach was closed.

Dan decided to “relax” at the beach???

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Next up, Keanae for some amazing views! Jason could’ve stared at the waves all day – again.

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Keira, on the other hand, was always on a mission to find the largest snow cone possible (and banana bread – always banana bread – cuz it’s everywhere in Hawaii – fresh and warm and awesome).

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Spelunking in the Hana Lava Tube anyone? It’s tough to photograph a dark cave-like thing, but it was really cool – believe me :-)

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Waianapanapa State Park – so beautiful and so historic. The black sand beach was awesome!

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And our final destination – Haleakala National Park! The hike was fun and the views with all the bamboo were so cool! Walking through the forest is pretty eerie – if you stop and listen, the wind blowing the trees together makes music.

Big Ol’ Banyan Tree

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Got Bamboo?

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I have to say that living at altitude was a definite plus when hiking a 2.5 mile trail uphill on vacation. At sea level, easy peasy!

And it was worth the hike to the end to see the 400 foot Waimoku Falls.

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There wasn’t a lot of water on this day, but it was still pretty awesome. We had left pretty early in the day, so we decided to high-tail it home, as much as you can “high-tail it” on a narrow, winding, two-lane-but-sometimes-one-lane road with a speed limit of 30. We got almost all the way back to Ku’au before we had to stop and put the top on the Jeep due to rain. We stopped, conveniently, at a store where we got snacks and Dr. Pepper – who doesn’t like a Dr. Pepper on a long-ish drive?