I haven’t posted for a few days. After my Texas trip, my friend Kerri came to visit. We spent 4 days exploring Maui. We did 2 dives, a trip to upcountry, trip to Iao Valley, trip to Hana and trip around the West of Maui. You would think that they would come up with a better name for Maui’s parts. Maui is basically 2 sets of mountains with a valley between them. The big one is Haleakeala — the smaller one basically has no name but is referred to as West Maui.
To get around either “lobe” means escaping to a world few have seen. Many people come to Maui and do the trip to Hana. Many go beyond Hana to the 7 pools. Few keep going and see the southern areas of Maui. The road to Hana is said to have 600 turns, 50 one-lane bridges and 11 waterfalls. I don’t know if these numbers are right. The road is very turning and I wouldn’t know where one turn ends and next begins. Bridges should be easy to count but some are very small. And waterfalls are in some state flowing or not. After you ooh and aah after a couple, you lose count. Yes, the road to Hana is beautiful. But I think it’s over-rated compared to the road around the West lobe and road from Hana.
It is myth that you can’t drive all the way around Maui or that it will invalidate a rental agreement. Yes, the road past Hana becomes a one lane gravel road but other than one stretch where you are essentially ascending a cliff with nothing but the gravel as a guide, the road is bumpy but doable. On the West (North) road, the road is paved the whole way but is one lane and curvy most of the way! We were in Kerri’s rented Jeep Wrangler which had advantages of 4-wheel and top-down.
We certainly didn’t see all the sites on either road. But the variety of sites on the Island is astonishing. There are certainly places to escape on Maui!