twin fallsThe first stop was Twin Falls. It was still pretty early and we knew it wasn't going to be a long walk so we kept our flip flops on. It was fine but half way through I wish we'd changed. It was so beautiful and so quiet. It was the perfect start on our journey to Hana.
the three bearsThe next stop was even better. We had to park our car on the side of the street and then walk back to see it. The Gypsy guide said you could go down to get a closer look but that he didn't recommend it. Well, we decided to go for it. It's hard to even tell that you can. It's like going into a giant ditch at the side of the road. We held onto the rocks and climbed down. There wasn't really the clearest of paths to the falls. We wound our way over rocks, under trees and through streams. I lost my balance and stepped in the water fully submerging my left foot tennis shoe and all. We got to a point where we had a good view of the water falling down the rock but couldn't see the pool of water that it was landing in. There were giant boulders blocking our view so we kept climbing to get closer. I'm so glad we did. When the pool came into view it was breathtaking. There was another couple that made the climb down when we did. It looked like they weren't going to keep going. I said, "Come on. You need to see this." It was simply amazing.
|That bridge over my head is the street that we climbed down from|
waianapanapa State Park
black sand beachAt Waianapanapa State Park we stopped at Black Sand Beach first. It's a beach with black sand and it's really pretty. Then we headed for the trail which is basically a big circle. I felt like I was in some kind of fantasy adventure movie like Hansel and Gretel or The Hobbit. Moss covered rocks. Babbling streams and trees so lush that the sun was completely blocked out. The air was crisp and cooler in there and it's so quiet you can hear your each and every step. We happened upon a cave with a pool in it. That's the best way I can describe it. There were four people swimming in it and one of the guys challenged us to jump in. The only way to get in is to jump and then you have to climb out. I was too scared because I can't swim but MJ went for it. It was pretty damn cool to see him swimming in a cave in the rain forest.
|Black Sand Beach|
|See how clear the water is?|
haleakala national park
pipiwai trail, bamboo forest
seven sacred poolsThe last stop was my favorite and most anticipated one of the trip. In all we spent about 3 hours in Haleakala National Park. The first thing we did was hit Pipiwai Trail because it's a 4 mile hike (round trip) and I wanted to make sure we had enough time to enjoy it. I got really hot so I took off my shirt.
I'm so lame. I was trying to open the gate from the wrong side and nearly broke the darn thing. Oops.
After what seemed like forever we started to hear the rush of water in the distance. The ground got muddier and then we got to a part where all that was left of the trail was boulders scattered across a stream of water. We were getting closer! It took us 1 1/2 hours and it was so worth it. Waimoku Falls is by far the largest and most powerful waterfall compared to the other three. It is truly magnificent. People gathered around staring at it but not everyone was going in.
|I think we're going to ignore that sign|
|Me in my 3rd outfit of the day. 4th if you count the bikini.|
|Seven Sacred Pools|
Our Last Days in Maui
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