Saturday, August 22, 2015

Guest Post by Hannah: Road Trip To Hana

Recently, while we were vacationing in Maui, my family and I went to Hana. Since we liked it so much we made the drive twice to make sure we had an opportunity to see everything. Hana is a tropical rainforest, and a beautiful city. We woke up extra early so we can pack everything such as water shoes, towels, food, and water, as we were in Hana for the whole day. After, we all were packed and ready to leave my mom took this CD about Hana. We took a CD on the way that showed the directions and about the different waterfalls and trails. As we were driving, we looked out of the window and saw the beautiful scenery.

crossed a lot of shaky bridges
 Our first stop was a very muddy and steep trail that would lead us to three different waterfalls. We first had to put on water shoes because it started raining.  As we were hiking, we had to cross a river, and hike through mud, until we got to the first waterfall. The second waterfall was even more difficult to reach because we had to hold on to a rope while climbing up the rocks. My sister, Sarah, helped me and my brother get up to the top. After that, we finally saw the gorgeous waterfall. The waterfall dropped into this big pool that we swam in. The water was cold, but refreshing after the long hike.The first time we made this trip, we only were able to reach the first two waterfalls.  However on our second trip to Hana, we hiked to the third waterfall as well. The third waterfall was much harder than the other two because we had to climb a ladder, climb rocks and swim about 100 meters through a river to reach the third waterfall. This third waterfall was the largest of all of them and we felt really proud that we made it. As we started hiking back to the car, we kept on getting our shoes muddy so whenever we saw a pool of water, we washed them.

Waterfall #1

climbing up to waterfall #2

Finally, as we safely arrived back we started driving to the next trail. We stopped for lunch at this place that had benches and we ate lunch there.
Eating lunch and enjoying the view

 After lunch our next stop was Black Sand Beach and then Red Sand Beach. Black Sand beach has black sand and huge waves which made it dangerous to swim far out. Red Sand beach was difficult to reach because we had to hike on a steep path that lead to a beach with beautiful red color sand. Unfortunately, there was a really strong current that pulled you out toward the rocks, so we also couldn't swim at this beach.
Black sand beach
Huge waves at black sand beach
Red sand beach

Enjoying the tropical fruits in Hana

Our next stop was the Venus pools. The first time we drove to Hana, we couldn't find the Venus pool, but we are really glad that we found it the second time because it was a beautiful pool of water near the beach. As we arrived we had to hike down a little path and suddenly you see a huge pool of bright blue water. The pool is a mix of salt water from the ocean and freshwater from the waterfalls. The pool was very deep, and we saw people jumping off the high rocks above the pool. Sarah, Michael, and I also jumped off the cliffs into the warm water. 

Here is a short video of Sarah and Michael jumping off the cliff.

Our final stop was the seven pools. There are actually 24 pools in that area but the place is called seven pools probably because it sounds better that way. We had to hike half a mile to reach the pools.  This area was very windy and the water was much colder than the Venus because the seven pool has freshwater. Here, we also swam and jumped off the rocks before leaving for home.  As we got to our car we looked at the time and it was already seven o'clock so we started the two hour drive back to our condo. This was a full day trip, as we left at 8 o'clock and got home after 9 pm. This was definitely my favorite place we have been to in Maui.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Hannah,
    I like your post, as always you have stunning pictures.
    It's looks funny that Hannah went to Hana rain forest.
    I would be very scared to see you jump from the cliff. Are you also was scared? The water is so blue it's looks unreal.
    I am very glad you had a good trip and may be next year you can visit Hawaii again.
    Love you,
    Grandma Tanya


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