The one thing that all the guidebooks told us to do was drive the road to Hana. Hana is a little town on the Eastern side of the island. It’s about 50 miles from the airport. There is nothing really in Hana, it’s just a small town with a hotel and some beaches. The drive there is what it’s all about.
We stopped at the Natural Foods store to get a picnic lunch for our trip. After that, we stopped in Paia and bought a CD about the trip that would tell us all the good places to stop. The actual road (Hana Highway) began about five miles after we left Paia.
The road was wild and twisty. They said there were something like 500 turns and 60 one way bridges. Fortunately for everyone involved, Jason did all the driving. We stopped right away, at Mile 2, to check out some waterfalls.
Then, a little while later, we stopped at a park and ate our packed lunch.
I’ve never seen those Yogi chips before but they were really good. I wonder if they sell them in Atlanta. Try them if you find them.
We stopped at a few scenic overlooks and at an arboretum.
All the websites about the road said to stop at this little stand at mile 17 called Halfway to Hana. Apparently, there are known for their banana bread. Banana bread is one of those foods that I love, but don’t really let myself have very often. Being that we were in Hawaii and this banana bread was special, I couldn’t help but buy a loaf.
More stopping at scenic overlooks and pretty waterfalls.
When we got pretty close to Hana, we stopped at a park. I was getting tired and sick of being in the car at this point, so that bright blue water came at a good time. I also could not keep my hands off that banana bread and needed a distraction. Bright blue ocean definitely worked.
We made our way down to the beach. On the path down, there were these plants that people had carved their names into. I thought they looked really cool.
The town of Hana was not far after the park. We had two options, we could turn around and go back or we could continue on and see some more waterfalls. It had taken us about 5 hours to get there (with all the stopping) and we both were getting sort of restless so we decided to just turn around.
The drive back to Paia only took about half the time since we didn’t stop at all. We decided that driving made us hungry and to stay in Paia for dinner. We’d heard really good things about Mama’s Fish House. At first, we weren’t going to go there, since it was expensive and we’d already had several expensive meals, but decided to say the hell with it and try it. And I’m so glad we did!
I started out with a local beer – Bikini Blonde.
And for my entree, I had the tofu. I know, tofu at a place known for their freshly caught fish sounds silly, right? Not at all. This was seriously the best tofu that I have had in a very long time. I could not stop talking about how good it was.
If you are ever in Maui, you need to go to this restaurant. Stat.