MAUI

Maui, known also as “The Valley Isle,” is the second largest Hawaiian island. This was our port of call today.

Before coming on this holiday someone told me that when we get to Maui we should drive the “Highway to Hana”. We mentioned to some American passengers that this was our intention and they warned us against it saying that the road was very narrow and windy and a bit dangerous! I looked up a review on the internet and this is what it said……… “Maui’s “road to Hana” is a curvy coastal road with views of cliffs, beaches, waterfalls, and miles and miles of lush rainforest. It’s a well paved road, but you do need to keep your wits about you when you drive it because of the many sharp curves and one-lane bridges.”

We thought that if we could drive in Scotland whilst towing a caravan, then this should be easy……….and that’s what it proved to be!

Our first stop along the Hana Highway was a grove of rainbow eucalyptus trees………amazing!

Further along the road we saw a stall selling smoothies made with locally grown fruit. I can’t remember exactly what was in it but mango and pineapple featured heavily……..delicious!

Next stop was to swim in the waterfalls, well under to be precise! Parking the car for this part of the day turned out to be far more taxing than I had expected. Whilst waiting for the car park attendant to move a bollard so that I could turn left in to the car park a lady, and I use that term loosely, passed by me on the inside and said “you’re blocking the f***ing highway”! Well really, have they got no patience?!!

The next challenge came when the car park was said to be full, so we headed off down the road and parked and walked back. As we approached the waterfalls the parking attendant said “I just saw you driving past and you can’t park there”. I told her that she didn’t know where I’d parked, to which she said “you can’t f****** park there” (although she would have had no idea where I’d parked as it was about half a mile away) but she wouldn’t engage in any conversation at all……. Anyhow, Kev spotted a parking space and stood in it whilst I ran back to get the car…. by this time the grumpy woman was standing clear and a kindly lady assisted us into our spot………I just wanted to get that rant off my chest, an unpleasant moment in an otherwise perfect day!

After our swim we carried on exploring the island without any further problems. We ended up spending a bit of time at Kahekili Beach Park where we managed to do a little snorkelling

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