My first trip to Hawaii began on the Road to Hana, a most picturesque, truly heavenly place on Earth. Hana, Maui. I am deeply passionate to find the beauty in all walks of life, and traveling is a heartfelt way to discover that. So before I begin, I would like to thank the people of native Hawaii, and God for giving me, speechlessly, the most amazing trip of my life thus far.
After driving three hours on the tiny carved roads of Hana highway, we arrived at our destination, the Travaasa Hotel-Hana, and could not wait to jump into bed…When I woke up, I couldn’t believe I was in such a magical place. The night before, I opened up all of the windows and the patio slide door to let the melody of ocean waves , lullaby me into a deep sleep. Waking up to the beautiful sounds, smells, and touch of the ocean so close to your door, was impeccably, the right way to start the day. Hana is truly timeless, and forever a wondrous place to just……be.
‘Longhi’ style french toast: with a touch of Grand Marnier and thick slices of toast. Fresh tasting fruit choices, as well as either coconut syrup, or real maple syrup. And fresh juice of the day: Carrot Canteloupe – wow! Let me say, it was all good.
The dining selections at the Ka’uiki Dining Room, were consistently delectable, and paired well with the always hospitable service. Step down into the Paniolo Lounge to sit at the bar, or catch live music & Hula weekly. Cj & sister Fawn are wildly talented singers that present traditional & new age Hawaiian music.
Toes in the sand, only thing missing was a beer in my hand at, Hamoa Beach. The hotel also provides a complimentary shuttle, 2 times a day.
Travaasa Hotel-Hana offers an amazing selection of experiences to be active in, as a hotel guest. My favorite activity: learned how to throw-net fish with Andrew (amazing!) – a native born and raised Hawaiian. We also ‘talked story’, while learning how to make traditional ti-leaf leis, with Maupuanu and Leihuanani. After making our leis, we snacked on coconut meat left over from the previous coconut husking class, and talked politics, family life, food, and about all the famous folks who secretly reside in Hana. It was a perfect day of learning, and relaxing with the locals.
Beautiful Oheo Gulch, part of the Haleakala National Park hiking trails. You must take this hike. Rain forests, towering waterfalls, Bamboo Forest & much more.
After our hike, we made our appointment at the Organic Ono Farm: Fruit Tasting Tour. After indulging with so many sweet and delicious exotic fruits, we walked off our sugar high, touring the farm, and got a little lesson in organic farming. Don’t eat any meals before the tour, you won’t need to!
Fat and full after the fruit tasting tour, I laid out and added some Vitamin D to my day of sugary diet…..ahhhh…
My last sunrise in Hana, before we head to Kapalua. Just stunning.
What’s a farwell to Hana, without getting a Lomi Lomi massage by Lemuel (he’s excellent)? Be sure to relax and enjoy the steam room, lava rock spa, and this outdoor spa shower. Another one of my many, ahhhhh…..moments.
We decided to spend a couple nights on the other side of Maui at The Ritz. It was a different experience, but did not compare to Hana, Maui. We enjoyed the AC, as it was hotter on this side of the island, as well as cable TV – after the long drives and week being active, all we wanted to do was be couch potatoes! The pools and private beach were a pleasant surprise and highlights of our stay…but I sure did miss Hana.
As an aspiring world traveler, I would certainly recommend my family and friends to experience the travel to Hana, Maui out of all of the Hawaiian Islands. It is a great adventure to embark on to create memories with your children, closest friends, or intimately romantic trip for you and your significant other. There are two different sides to the island of Maui – Where the big chain hotels are located on one side, the land has a more dense population, and are in close proximity to commercial businesses. The other side of Maui, where Hana is, you will discover, is mainly undisturbed, only populated by less than 10,000 residents. Remoteness from the typical hustle and bustle of, Pedestrian American life – perfection. Take the time to snap photos, hike up the mountains’ rain forests, and eat at the local food shops (Halfway to Hana, Pranees Thai Food, Braddah Hut’s BBQ, and Da Kitchen are “da bomb”!). As for me, I wouldn’t mind staying on either side of the island, but – If I make a return trip to the islands, there is nothing that would bring my mind and soul closer to Earth than, the best part of Maui…Heavenly Hana.
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