Maui Day 2 (Hana)

Day 2 finds us trekking the Road to Hana. Jeff and Danielle warned us it would be long and curvy. But no warning is enough. Usually I am the only one who gets carsick, but by halfway through the day every single one of us was popping Dramamine like candy.

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So, here is the first exciting thing: A WHALE! OK, it’s really just a splash of a whale, but he’s there, I promise.

Here’s the next exciting thing: Declan learning to HANG LOOSE.

OK. Seriously. Hawaii is heaven on earth.

One of our very favorite parts of the day, of the whole trip really, was seeing the black sand beaches. Many people don’t think there are any on Maui, but there is one. And it was freaking awesome.

I know I posted a similar photo from Hawaii, but I couldn’t resist another. How cute is he???

OK, how cute are WE?

And how cute are THEY?

We played on the black sand beach for a LONG time. And I was singing Madonna’s “Cherish” the whole damn time.

There was a cool cave nearby too.

Below was just before we asked a man to take our photo with Danielle’s camera. And the fucker promptly dropped it. In the surf.

Dropped. her. camera. in. the. ocean.

And the best part? He was more upset that his shoes got wet than he was over her camera.

There were waterfalls along the way too. But that water was too chilly to swim in. But not too chilly to be amazing.

Declan seriously loved every minute.

This is on the walk out to the Seven Sacred Pools.

Here are the pools… they each represent some special trait that you will get if you swim in them. Of course, I cannot remember any of them right now, and the water was too fierce for us to swim in this day. Danielle has made it to Pool #3 before, though.

Seriously gorgeous.

Jeff was watching us try to get wet with the waves, and noticed a huge sea turtle.

He looks small here, but I promise you, he was enormous.

And we never actually got wet, but it came close.

Bryan and Danielle were more brave and went way out. Crazy lunatics.

We stayed back and played on the hills. This is one of my favorite pics from the whole trip.

And here is the top of the Seven Pools.

And the Bottom. I still feel pretty lucky to have seen them, even if we didn’t get to swim in them.

And finally, here is an animated gif, showing Jeff and Declan goofing around while I sang the theme song from the Sound of Music.

After all that driving, we needed FOOD. We stopped at Buzz’s Wharf on the way back to Lahaina, and while the place itself was fairly unassuming – the food wasn’t. Or at least the Tahitian Shrimp wasn’t. Holy Mother of GOD – that was LITERALLY the best shrimp I have ever had in my life.

And I’ve had a LOT of shrimp.

Ahh yes. Day 2 was a success. Especially since there was no yelling or puking on the Hana Highway. Not everyone can say that.

This article has 21 comments

  1. zipper

    whoa. Those are gorgeous.

  2. zenrain

    they are just absolutely breathtaking! i love it!! and a WHALE!! YOU SAW A WHALE!!!

  3. Sue at nobaddays

    Lovely pix as always! We’ve been to Maui twice and never done the road to Hana! Just posted some NZ pics a couple minutes ago … nothing like yours 😉

  4. Sarah O.

    Mr. Lemony & I spent a week in Hana before we had kids. Truly Heaven on Earth. Great pictures!

  5. MB

    amazing photos. can’t wait to read more and see more! and i’ll call you in the morning about getting together!!!

  6. Michelle

    Truly Amazing! I’m SO jealous!! 🙂 I’m bummed that when my hubby and I went to Maui for our honeymoon that we didn’t see any of that. We spent our time at the hotel swimming. Next time we are going to have to go exploring. Keep the beautiful pictures coming.

  7. Anonymous

    Absolutely beautiful – no wonder Declan wants to move there@


  8. Angella

    Amazing photos! Looks like a fantastic trip 🙂

  9. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    Michelle, we had plenty of that too!!!

    thanks all!

  10. lauren

    That’s so amazing.

  11. Sizzle

    you are seriously making me want to go to Hawaii. i’ve never been! such fantastic photos!

  12. J at

    Wow, what an awesome vacation!

  13. Flower Child

    No yelling or puking! Awesome!

  14. Colleen

    More jealousy. So gorgeous.

  15. Anonymous

    Loving the daily recaps!

  16. soccer mom in denial

    wow. It’s snowing again.

    Thanks for giving me a little vacation.

  17. painted maypole

    your pics are gorgeous (ok, big surprise there!) and the vacation sounds great. well, except the camera in the ocean part.

  18. carrie

    I threw up on the road to Hana when I was 12.

    So thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for these pics.

    They are all breathtaking!

    Happy New Year to you and your family!

  19. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    Aww you poor thing, Carrie!!!

  20. sue

    How fun!

    Happy New Year!!!

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