Part 4: Hana to Kaanapali via South Shore


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The Trip

Our apartment in Hana met our needs and it was nice.  In the morning, we got up, packed, and headed to the Hana Bay area to get lunch at the only place that was open.  We had to sit on a concrete poarch, but the food was good and reasonably priced.  From Hana, we headed south toward the pools in the National Park and from there west along the rough south shore road.

The photos below are what we saw.

En route to the pools at Kipahulu we stopped at a view point and saw a small island just offshore.  The winds were strong creating large breakers that were pummeling the shore of the island and the main coast.

From the shore looking north along the coast we spotted this sea arch being given the full treatment by the brutal surf.

The beach was idyllic but signs warned against getting into the water due to the strong undertow; we heeded those signs.  Note the striations in the cliffs or the far side of the bay.

A bit  further south we reached another beach overlook point.

Across the road was a particularly nice house, likely a rental because it looked way too clean to be lived-in.

Craig was nice enough to take a photo of Kathleen and I.

Further along the road to the pools we came upon this nice waterfall with swimming pool.

Kathleen was the only one of us that got into the pool.

The spray from the pool created a faint rainbow that is barely visible in the photo above.

The so-called "Sacred Pools" are within the Haleakala National Park.  We parked and changed into swimming attire and headed out on the trail.  Along the path we came upon this Banyon tree putting down a huge root system into the surrounding area.

As the trail came to the canyon that contained the pools, we got a clear view of the shore.  The wind was howling and the walls of the canyon funneled the wind further increasing the speed creating blowing clouds of sea foam carried far from the actual shore.

We had to cross the stream to continue to the pools.

The temperature of the water was cool, but not frigid.

Just to prove that they actually exist and are visible on this island, this gal was quite buffed.

Both ends of the human spectrum were in the pools at Kipahulu.  The road bridge is visible at the top of the photo above.

From Kipahulu we continued west along the south shore road.  The road was narrow and rough but really no challenge.  It did, however, present some awesome views of the rocky headlands as they met the surf.

The waves on the south shore were strong and attacked the cliffs with relentless intensity.

As the trail wound its way along the mesa we got a clear view of the stark south side of Haleakala.

The flanks of Haleakala flow right into the ocean.

While this coast is in the rain shadow of Haleakala, it DOES rain from time to time.  These rains carve deep canyons into the soft lava rock. 

We spotted another sea arch that was created by the relentless surf on the south shore.

A bit further to the west we could see the observatory at the peak of Haleakala.

The girls wanted to stop at the Maui Winery.  This is what they do with old trees here.

We tasted the wine, but did not purchase any.

Our objective for the afternoon was to complete the loop on the east side of the mountain and do dinner at Mama's Fish House.  From the parking lot at Mama's we could see the kit surfers exploiting the strong trade winds.

The beach cove provided picture-perfect background.

This is a very popular restaurant and we had to get reservations many days in advance.  The food was pricey but excellent.

The obligatory end-of-day photo.

Another great day, but nearly all of it was in the car.  The south shore road is rough and slow, but not challenging in a four wheel drive sense.  The drive is worth doing despite the warnings on the maps.

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