Road to Hana Excursion
It's another dreary day in State College, PA and I am once again questioning why I ever left Hawaii. As promised, here is the post all about our Road to Hana excursion. This is an all day trip, but definitely worth the time! So we grabbed some snacks, hopped in our rental car, and started up our virtual guide.
The first stop on our journey was Ho'okipa lookout. We pulled over to a rest stop and climbed down the rocks to get this amazing view. This is a well known surfing location, but don't brave the waves unless you are an extremely experienced surfer. Standing on the rocks we saw many tributes to young souls who had drowned while surfing at Ho'okipa.
Our next stop was Twin Falls. It was a beautiful location and only a short walk from the car. Definitely wear your sneakers or hiking shoes--it was a muddy day and we saw a lady completely wipe out on her way down the hill.
Our third stop was the Garden of Eden, an incredible arboretum owned and operated by a father and daughter. Give yourself an hour or two to walk around the trails and explore--there's so much to see! There are peacocks and other birds walking around the the trails that you can feed directly from your hand. You may even recognize one of the lookout points from the opening scene of Jurassic Park.
My favorite part of the arboretum were the rainbow eucalyptus trees. The bark on the tree was an array of oranges, greens, and purples. It was even prettier in person!
Homomanu Bay was a gorgeous black sand beach and there were quite a few surfers out that day. We parked on the side of the road and from there it was a 10-15 minute hike down to the beach. You can drive straight down, but I would not recommend it because your car could easily get stuck.
A little further down the road we stopped at Nahiku Marketplace. They had the most amazing banana bread I've ever had. Macadamia nuts and chocolate chips in my banana bread--YES PLEASE!!
Our last stop before Hana Town was Wai'anapanapa State Park. We spent about an hour exploring the hidden caves, blowholes, and black sand beaches. The water was absolutely breathtaking!
Hana Town was so quaint and charming. We stopped at a road-side stand for a late lunch and while we were there we found the cutest little fruit stand. They sold fresh pineapples, coconuts, and other exotic fruits. I bought a coconut and they chopped it open right there so I could drink the water from it.
If you made it through that long post thank you so much for reading! Wishing you all a nice weekend and hopefully some warm weather will be in everyone's future.