It’s been a while since my last post so I figured it was about time for a little update.
As I’m sure most of you know, I live on Maui. I work on the South side of the island, live on the North shore, and spend most of my time somewhere in between. Maui is fairly small, you could drive around the entire island in one day. Coming from California (where you can drive in almost any direction for hours and hours) I tend to get island fever quite often.
My ideal getaway is Hana, a little town on the other side of the island. It takes about 2-3 hours to get there (depending on how you drive). The drive itself really is my favorite part of the whole ordeal. I’ve discovered some stunning hidden waterfalls along the way, and of course there’s always the old favorites like Coconut Glens Ice Cream and Hana farms fresh baked farm to table pizza for some tasty road fuel.
Last week, I had some of my closest friends, Michaela & Katie, visiting from California, so we decided to take the weekend and make the trip. Although it was overcast and drizzling, Hana’s beauty was still jaw dropping. Here’s a little taste of our experience!
As I mentioned before, Hana highway has tons of beautiful hidden gems…Our first stop was about halfway to Hana; This little waterfall is one of my favorites…
No harm in a quick waterfall beverage (Suerte Tequila) with some fresh picked guava and only the scent of wild ginger in the air!
Next we hit up my all time favorite ice cream stand: Coconut Glens.
With their delicious array of over 10 (everchanging) flavors, it’s always difficult to choose just one! I went for Vanilla bean, and the girls chose the original Coconut (with flakes of toasted coconut) and both flavors were to die for.
Next we stopped at Wainapanapa State Park, for a dip in the caves. Absolutely something I would recommend taking the time for, just the scenic lookout alone is worth the stop.
(Above photos taken by Katie Owens)
After that refreshing dip, it was time to check into our hotel. Generally I camp when I visit Hana, but it was Michaelas birthday so we decided to live the life of luxury and get a suite at the Travaasa Hana. The room was gorgeous, but our favorite part of the resort was the pool. The view was just perfect.
After admittedly too much wine and an evening full of laughter and night swimming… we hit the hay.
We woke up to fresh banana bread and coffee, followed by some incredible sparkling Maui Wine birthday rose, and right back to the pool for a little more R&R.
Last two photos by Katie Owens