Remember, it rains often in Hawaii. And it can get quite windy. We rented a Harley for the day. We rode all day, got rained on four times, but it always clears. Towards the evening, we headed towards Haleakala, not towards the summit, but aroung 37, down the south west side of the mountain. The roads are two lane, with nice soft dips and curves. Beautiful roads for the motorcyle enthusiast. Already aware of the wet roads, my husband (a veteran rider) was putting along at about 30 mph. Such a nice ride, I was on the back taking pictures.
As we came along an outside curve, a huge gust of wind (we heard later of gusts up to 60 mph that day) picked up the bike and us and tried to blow us off the side of the mountain. Thank God we did't go over the side, but we hit lava rocks and wrecked. I spent the rest of Maui vacation in the hospital.
Be aware of the wet roads, the high winds, and although helmets aren't required, I'd suggest them. I only got thrown about five feet from the bike, but those lava rocks mangled whatever part of my body hit. It could have been my skull.
Be careful...but Maui has the greatest riding I've ever done.
Throughout Maui and in particular in areas near waterfalls, rivers and ocean you will come across all sorts of signs heeding warning of flash floods and other dangers.
Take precaution and obey the signs as a sudden and unexpected flooding can occur during any rain fall.
This particular sign was at the river at Iao Needle State Park.
Hana Highway can be dangerous as there are many twists and turns and due to flooding some or all of the highway may be closed at any given time. During our latest visit there were closures at certain parts of the highway, as well as many one lane closures plus this over-turned truck which blocked one of the lanes for miles.
For up to the minute closures, check out the link below of Hana Highway closures and please take precaution when driving.
Nakalele Blowhole on Maui is really impressive. It was shooting 30-40 feet in the air. A woman happened to be standing on the rocks near the ocean (to the right...not visible in the picture)when it started to blow. None of us realized that the water was coming through the rocks where she was standing...we were all focused on the one spot where it was shooting up. It almost knocked her into the ocean. Just a word of caution to be careful where you stand.
This road stretches 50 miles from Pa'uwela to Kaupo, the road curves around waterfalls , lookouts , parks , trails and homes,there are some 50 one lane bridges. As this picture will show there are accidents on this road , once again please be careful the scenery is breath taking.
When visiting the Infinity pools perched atop a 200-foot Makahiku Falls, please be very careful. Use your judgement when climbing down on the rocks. As you can see, my out of shape self made it down there easily. What you have to be careful about is how slippery the rocks are and watching your step.
Kids don't try this at all!
There's a 5 mile stretch of road that all the car rental companies will tell you to avoid and are off limits. If you go with the Jeep Wrangler your safer than safe! I can see it being a pain with a regular sedan or something but the cars will still make it through. It's just going to be very bumpy and be weary going around the curves. Honk HOnk...that's right use the horn!
Yes, you want a souvenir of your vacation but do not remove any lava rocks. As superstition goes; removal of the rocks angers the volcano goddess Pele and brings bad luck to the person. So just go buy a souvenir from ABC...
"Take only pictures; leave only footprints." "Take only gifts you are given (like flower lei’s); and leave only with Aloha."
For those of you travelling on the Hana Highway please remember that you're there to enjoy the gorgeous view of the ocean, waterfalls, and foliage. Speeding along this road is not an option because of the many twist and turns and the narrow road. There is only one lane in each direction Please do not pass unless the car in front of you allows you to. There may be a car coming around the next bend and it's much closer than you will ever imagine. Just take your time and enjoy!
When doing the Pipiwai Trail and hiking up to the Waimoku Falls, please be cautious and careful going up. There is much to tempt the traveler. However, much of it is better enjoyed from a distance than up close. One example is Waimoku falls. While you can walk and allow yourself to be doused by the falling water, any rock or hard object that falls from 400 feet above is going to hit you like a meteor. It's best to keep your distance and enjoy it's beauty from there.
Many of the beaches in Maui have lava, coral or rocks on them. Sometimes you can't even see it until you are actually out in the water. I can tell you from personal experience that it's very easy to cut yourself if you are swimming near rocks or lava. Be extremely careful. You may want to invest in a pair of water shoes just to prevent yourself from stepping on rocks while in the ocean.
This is more of a warning than a danger. Since many tourist visit this island and the best way to get around the island is by rental car, parking can be a pain. Most places in the tourist areas (Lahaina, Kaanapali, etc.) charge to park (free parking at the Lahaina Cannery Mall...but there is a 2 hour time limit). As you can see from this picture, it's best to walk :-)
There are a lot of theft and car break-ins at the many remote beaches along Maui's coast. Leave everything valuable in your hotel room, leave nothing visible or exposed in your car and do not leave anything valuable unattended on the beach.
This is the one time that a convertible car is definitely a detrement.
One of the most common tourist activities in Maui is doing the biking adventure to Haleakala Volcano. This includes leaving your hotel as early as 2:30am (that is not a typo folks), dressed very warmly (it'll probably be about 30-40 degrees F at the top) for your trip to the summit of Haleakala (at over 10,000 ft altitude - do you get altitude sickness?).
If you book a bike trip, then a van or bus will pick you up and get you to the volcano. The view really is spectacular as the sun rises. Far below the observatory, the crater is 3,000 feet deep, 7.5 miles long by 2.5 miles wide. Vivid colors constantly change and surround you. Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, off to the east, look as if they are floating on clouds.
Now here is why I put this tip in Warnings or Dangers. The vendors for this trip tout the fact that it is about a 38-mile bike ride, all downhill, from the summit to the end—should be easy right? And the scenery will be magnificent. You'll see flowers, pastures, farms, livestock, lava flows, pineapple fields, etc. etc. etc. Sounds good doesn't it?
But think—do you typically ride bikes with hand brakes? Do you understand that 38 miles downhill requires many, many, many applications of those hand brakes? Unless you have prepared yourself by riding at home, how sore or worse, how weak do you think your hands will be after 20 miles or so let alone 38 miles to the end of the ride? Folks, even though you aren't pedaling, coasting and braking on a 38 mile downhill run is fatiguing and serious work for your hands if you are not use to it.
Make sure you give this a lot of thought and careful consideration. If you decide you can do it—I hope you have a wonderful fantastic time! If you decide that the bike ride just might be too much for you—take your car to the top of Haleakala and enjoy the sunrise anyway!
To avoid being disappointed whatever your decision, call the National Weather Service (877-5111) for Maui’s weather forecast. A taped message will give you viewing conditions information.
Please be careful if a friendly local asks you, "Do you smoke?"
They're not talking about cigarettes. Marijuana is easy to find on Maui. Twice during my six-day trip, my friends, even my mom and I were invited to purchase weed. That's more than we get offered on our good old christian college campus....usually. So if they ask, "Do you smoke?" Say "No thanks," unless you want to purchase marijuana, which is of course illegal in most cases.
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