October 27, 2002
At the end of the trail is Hana, a quiet little hamlet full of cows. Yes, cows! Maui is the cattle ranching capitol of Hawaii and supplies all the local restaurants with beef.
There are so many places to stop and take in the mountain views and ocean vistas that you can lose track of time. I used Frommer's Portable Maui to help us on this journey, but I can tell you there are too many places to stop to see, and you probably won't see them all, but that's OK. Just pick and chose what you want to see and you'll see plenty. Just make sure to leave time to see the beautiful town of Hana. Don't just turn around and head back. Take it all in!
Sight-seeing tip: for those of you who get up even earlier than I, you can drive all the way to Oheo Gulch, more commonly referred to as the Seven Sacred Pools. Spectacular sight, I've been told, but it's another 30 to 50 minutes from Hana. You need to get up early if you want to make it that far. The sun was setting as we drove around Hana so we decided to head back.
From journal Grand Prize Destination: Maui