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The famous (or infamous) Road to Hana on Maui

I was happy and relieved to have reached the final waterfall on the Four Waterfalls Hike; the hike would make for a great episode of the Amazing Race

I was happy and relieved to have reached the final waterfall on the Four Waterfalls Hike; the hike would make for a great episode of the Amazing Race

Several days later, when Lee and I were returning from Hana, Kanahuali‘i Falls was a muddy torrent and not something you would have wanted to jump into

Several days later, when Lee and I were returning from Hana, Kanahuali‘i Falls was a muddy torrent and not something you would have wanted to jump into

Three amigos as we start the Four Waterfalls Hike; you have to receive a negative Covid test result no more than 72 hours before flying to Hawaii

Three amigos as we start the Four Waterfalls Hike; you have to receive a negative Covid test result no more than 72 hours before flying to Hawaii

Of the dozens of waterfalls on the Road to Hana, Hanawi Falls was one of my favorites; maybe it struck the non-conformist chord in me

Of the dozens of waterfalls on the Road to Hana, Hanawi Falls was one of my favorites; maybe it struck the non-conformist chord in me

We had Secret Lagoon (aka Kanahuali‘i Falls) all to ourselves; the Road to Hana is a narrow 42 miles of asphalt with 620 curves and 59 single lane bridges

We had Secret Lagoon (aka Kanahuali‘i Falls) all to ourselves; the Road to Hana is a narrow 42 miles of asphalt with 620 curves and 59 single lane bridges

Federal highway dollars can't be used on the Road to Hana because they won't support one lane bridges; the road is in bad shape which helps keep speeds down

Federal highway dollars can't be used on the Road to Hana because they won't support one lane bridges; the road is in bad shape which helps keep speeds down

Upper Waikani Falls (aka Three Bears Falls) is normally 3 separate waterfalls but for our visit it was just one big torrent; the water for many of our falls was exceptionally muddy as a result of all the rain

Upper Waikani Falls (aka Three Bears Falls) is normally 3 separate waterfalls but for our visit it was just one big torrent; the water for many of our falls was exceptionally muddy as a result of all the rain

On the Keanae Peninsula taro is still grown which is used to make poi; Keanae was wiped out by a tsunami in 1946 which destroyed every building except a stone church

On the Keanae Peninsula taro is still grown which is used to make poi; Keanae was wiped out by a tsunami in 1946 which destroyed every building except a stone church

Ben took me to play pickle ball in Santa Monica before our trip in his brand new lava orange Porsche convertible; he doesn't go for being inconspicuous

Ben took me to play pickle ball in Santa Monica before our trip in his brand new lava orange Porsche convertible; he doesn't go for being inconspicuous

Lee demonstrates proper form as we worked our way down on the Four Waterfalls Hike; it was definitely better to be wearing watershoes than hiking boots on this one

Lee demonstrates proper form as we worked our way down on the Four Waterfalls Hike; it was definitely better to be wearing watershoes than hiking boots on this one

Ben showed us how to climb the rope up the third waterfall but we jumped on the way down since it was easier and safer; the water was chilly and we had to swim a stretch in the river to reach the fourth waterfall

Ben showed us how to climb the rope up the third waterfall but we jumped on the way down since it was easier and safer; the water was chilly and we had to swim a stretch in the river to reach the fourth waterfall

A kind stranger donated this ladder to help climbers up to the second waterfall on our Four Waterfalls Hike; fortunately Ben and Morgan did this hike in November and knew the route and had good tips

A kind stranger donated this ladder to help climbers up to the second waterfall on our Four Waterfalls Hike; fortunately Ben and Morgan did this hike in November and knew the route and had good tips

The Road to Hana goes over the top of Makapipi Falls so you don't even notice it if you stay in your car; amazingly, the falls are supposedly dry about half the time

The Road to Hana goes over the top of Makapipi Falls so you don't even notice it if you stay in your car; amazingly, the falls are supposedly dry about half the time

Venus Pool is normally a placid area where kids jump off the rocks into clear, blue waters; a couple of daring souls were still jumping but you couldn't see what was underneath the water making it very unwise

Venus Pool is normally a placid area where kids jump off the rocks into clear, blue waters; a couple of daring souls were still jumping but you couldn't see what was underneath the water making it very unwise

The only volcanic black sand beach on Maui is at Waianapanapa State Park making it extremely popular with reservations required; the lava flows here are only 500 years old

The only volcanic black sand beach on Maui is at Waianapanapa State Park making it extremely popular with reservations required; the lava flows here are only 500 years old

This was the first waterfall we reached on our Four Waterfalls Hike at mile 6 on the Road to Hana; the hike was my favorite of the ones we did this trip

This was the first waterfall we reached on our Four Waterfalls Hike at mile 6 on the Road to Hana; the hike was my favorite of the ones we did this trip

This is the view downstream from the first waterfall on the Four Waterfalls Hike; I quickly progressed from not wanting to get my feet muddy to not wanting to get wet to swimming in the river to get the mud off me

This is the view downstream from the first waterfall on the Four Waterfalls Hike; I quickly progressed from not wanting to get my feet muddy to not wanting to get wet to swimming in the river to get the mud off me

We had a gorgeous day for our Four Waterfalls Hike; all along the west coast of Maui we spotted humpback whales which spend the winter here before migrating to Alaska for the summer

We had a gorgeous day for our Four Waterfalls Hike; all along the west coast of Maui we spotted humpback whales which spend the winter here before migrating to Alaska for the summer

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