The Road to Hana
One of the things that you must do when you visit Maui is take the trip to Hana. It's a trip back in time and at the same time an ecological wonder as you pass through many ecosystems (coastal, mountains, tropical forest). The driving is slow (it can be an all day trip) but the sights that you see and the people that you meet make this a worth-while adventure.
Once you reach Hana, get out and explore the town (they have a very nice beach), then hop back in the car and continue on past Hana to see more. But please be warned that after about 20 more miles of driving, the road can get very treacherous and car rental companies explicitly forbid you to travel past certain areas.Related to:
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
Handy Roadside Stands
Maui's shopping venues range from modern malls with all the conveniences to family-operated roadside stands offering their wares to the traveling tourist. Some of the roadside stands I saw were adorned with such items as Hawaiian T-shirts, sea shells, macrame planters made from sea shells and hand-crafted bowls and hats made from the leaves of exotic palms. I also saw flower peddlers offering fragrant lei's made from Plumeria, Ginger, or Gardenia as well as other “independent contractors” featuring island trinkets and produce that is "fresh" off the vine or stalk or whatever. Doesn't matter, it’s all good.
Don't be afraid to haggle with these people to get a best price.
You might also see some local craftsmen (or craftswomen) weaving hats or making other local crafts for sale. I saw several of these on the Road to Hana especially around the more popular stops.
I have also found, especially in more remote areas, trucks and vans (like the one pictured here) that sell food and drink to famished tourists. The one pictured here was parked off of highway 31 just outside the gates to Makena State Park south of Wailea.Related to:
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- Family Travel
Music for your drive around Maui
I suppose this really isn't a cultural tip but I couldn't think of any other place were this might be applicable. However, I think it very important to mention because when you're driving through Maui, the experience is that much better if you have great music playing on the radio. For that, tune your radio to 99.9 FM for today's top pop music. We liked the station very much and we felt it had a good variety of what's in.Related to:
Don't be as aggressive here as you would at home. The people still drive fast & tailgate but they don't cut you off or honk their horns.
Try to pronounce their words correctly. Everyone is very friendly and helpful.
The weather on Maui depends...
The weather on Maui depends more on where you are than on what season is. The average daily temperature along the coast is about 78ºF (25.5ºC) in summer and during the winter it drops to 72ºF (22ºC).
On Haleakala summit, the average is about 43-50ºF (6-10ºC).Nights are no more than 10 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than days.
Some of my favorite flowers that grow everywhere in Hawaii!!!
Plumeria's and orchids are commonly used to make lei's in Hawaii.Related to:
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1533 Uakea Rd, Hana, Hawaii, 96713, United States
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