On Friday afternoon we headed to Maui. We landed and picked up our rental car which was a brand new Mustang, 2012 with 7 miles on it. We drove straight to the Kahana Falls resort (in Kahana, just north of Lihana) where we were staying. We had dinner at Cilantros in Lahaina (now has moved north to Kaanapali). On Saturday morning, as budget travelers we did another tour presentation at 9am for tickets to a Luau. Then we drove to Makena Beach (Big Beach). We saw a man catch a sea turtle on his fishing rod and had to save it. We drove by other beaches in Wailea and Kihei and finished the day at swam at the pool and hot tub. We got an easy dinner at dinner at Dollies nearby.
On Sunday we headed out early for a long day on the Road to Hana. After a few pictures into the day, we realized our DSLR camera battery was dead so must of the Road to Hana Day pictures were taken from our iPhones. We stopped at Twin Falls, then Keanae Peninsula had huge crashing waves on large lava rock from volcano eruption, and Waianapanapa State Park (black sand beach).
We also stopped to hiked to Kaihalulu (Red Sand Beach) where clothing is only optional. Luckily only one person was exercising that option. It was amazing to see the blue water contrasted against the red rock and sand.
In Hana, we split a sandwich at Hana Ranch Restaurant. They had a limited menu due to town being out of power. We stopped at Waioka Pond. It was a place off to the right after Hana, had to climb through a fence and take a 5 minute walk. Unfortunately the “Seven Sacred Pools” were flooded, so we didn’t get to go there. I have seen them before with my family, they are very fun to swim in! It was a bummer Dustin couldn’t enjoy them. We drove our rental car on the “forbidden” road around the rest of big side of the island. The road was much better than some of the roads we drove on in Kauai. It was late when we got back, so we settled for hot dogs grilled by the pool and Trader Joe’s mac and cheese in our microwave for dinner. We had a small kitchenette.