Hana was my favorite part of the trip, it is located on the eastern part of the island. I loved it because of the black sand beaches, waterfalls, and because of how isolated it is from the crowds and touristy parts. My only regret is that I didn’t stay longer. When you talk to other people about Hana they will all tell you how difficult it is to drive on Hana Highway. When we heard this, we decided to take a guided van tour and play it safe but while we were on the tour we instantly regretted not driving there ourselves.
There are hundreds of turns, narrow bridges, and times where the lane is a lane and a half wide. I recommend driving there yourself if you have an experienced driver and stopping along the side of the road for hiking trails, fruit stands, or simply just to take photos. Ideally I would of liked to drive to Hana, spend the night, then come back the next day.
Experience the black sand beach at Wai’anapanapa. You can go swimming, fishing, or camp on this unique spot. Also, pay a visit to the lava cave and blowholes
No trip to Hana is complete without visiting a waterfall. Along the highway there are plenty, so be ready with a bathing suit and towel to jump in!
The Seven Sacred Pools were another highlight, even though the journey can be long and nerve wrecking, it is worth it when you get to see the pools. Sadly, swimming was not permitted when I went but the view itself is worth the trip
If you’re looking for a nice hiking trail, Hana is filled with them. Most of them are hidden and lead to waterfalls making them even more isolated and beautiful than the average hiking trail. These are also nice places to stop for lunch and have a picnic
Another perk of driving to Hana yourselves and not having a tour guide is having the freedom to stop at as many roadside fruit stands and attractions as you want.
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