The Road to Hana is a legendary stretch of road through the northeast coast of Maui, through lush tropical forests and along the jagged, rocky coast of the island. It is probably one of the most beautiful roads in the world. While only about 50 miles from Kahalui, it takes about three hours to make it to the town of Hana, because of the many twists and turns and 46 one-lane bridges you have to cross to get there. Count in carloads of tourists stopping to take photos every mile or so, and you have yourself a day trip.
On our trip to Maui, we decided to explore this famous highway, and see what we could find at the end of the road. We had some Dramamine along for our motion-sickness prone boy, and for the first half of the trip, he was just fine.
The highway is probably one of the greenest roads I've ever been on. In parts where a light tropical rain was falling, it looked almost neon. We slowed down in a stretch of bamboo forest that seemed like it could glow in the dark. I half expected Po from Kung Fu Panda to come bounding down the mountainside, snacking on some delectible bamboo treats (and yes, I do know there are no pandas in Hawaii, kung fu masters or not).
When the warm tropical rain started to fall, all I could see out my window was a soft, green blur. In some parts, we hugged the mountainside and could see the ocean stretched out below us, like a misty blue blanket. When the rain cleared, we found ourselves looking out over a green valley and some gorgeous blue water below.