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Spending a few nights in Hana, Maui breaks up long drive

The last waterfall between Hana and the arid SW coast is 50 ft Alelele Falls; the trail to the falls crosses the stream where you can normally hop across the rocks but with heavy recent rainfall we were having to wade across

The last waterfall between Hana and the arid SW coast is 50 ft Alelele Falls; the trail to the falls crosses the stream where you can normally hop across the rocks but with heavy recent rainfall we were having to wade across

This impressive sea arch is in Waianapanapa State Park, just outside Hana; the town only has 1200 residents who grudgingly tolerate tourists since they are the lifeblood of the town

This impressive sea arch is in Waianapanapa State Park, just outside Hana; the town only has 1200 residents who grudgingly tolerate tourists since they are the lifeblood of the town

Kaihalulu Beach is the famous red sand beach in Hana made from the red cinders comprising the hill in the background; the path getting to the beach was narrow, muddy and slick

Kaihalulu Beach is the famous red sand beach in Hana made from the red cinders comprising the hill in the background; the path getting to the beach was narrow, muddy and slick

Wailua Falls (80 ft) is often cited as the most photographed waterfall on Maui; George Harrison (writer of the song Soft-Hearted Hana) and his wife owned a property in Hana

Wailua Falls (80 ft) is often cited as the most photographed waterfall on Maui; George Harrison (writer of the song Soft-Hearted Hana) and his wife owned a property in Hana

This massive banyan tree sits on the Pipiwai Trail in Haleakala National Park; the trail is 2 miles each way and was the number 1 thing to do on the entire island according to TripAdvisor

This massive banyan tree sits on the Pipiwai Trail in Haleakala National Park; the trail is 2 miles each way and was the number 1 thing to do on the entire island according to TripAdvisor

The bamboo forest on the Pipiwai Trail reminded me of the revered bamboo forests in Japan; spending a few nights in Hana allowed us to see much more of the area

The bamboo forest on the Pipiwai Trail reminded me of the revered bamboo forests in Japan; spending a few nights in Hana allowed us to see much more of the area

Waimoku Falls, a stunning 400 ft drop, is the turnaround point on the Pipiwai Trail; we hiked the trail when it first opened and avoided the usual big crowds

Waimoku Falls, a stunning 400 ft drop, is the turnaround point on the Pipiwai Trail; we hiked the trail when it first opened and avoided the usual big crowds

The Seven Sacred Pools were one big muddy gusher and not at all like when I visited with Mike, Gary, Bob, David, Barry, Bernie and Chuck; you weren't even allowed anywhere near the water

The Seven Sacred Pools were one big muddy gusher and not at all like when I visited with Mike, Gary, Bob, David, Barry, Bernie and Chuck; you weren't even allowed anywhere near the water

Kaihalulu Beach is the famous red sand beach in Hana; it was drizzling with rough seas when we visited so not the ideal beach day

Kaihalulu Beach is the famous red sand beach in Hana; it was drizzling with rough seas when we visited so not the ideal beach day

Palapala Ho'omau Church was built in 1857 and is the resting place of Charles Lindbergh; it's a must stop for drivers on the Road to Hana (OK, almost all drivers)

Palapala Ho'omau Church was built in 1857 and is the resting place of Charles Lindbergh; it's a must stop for drivers on the Road to Hana (OK, almost all drivers)

Charles Lindbergh is buried in a small cemetery just south of Hana; he and his wife had a house here and Lindbergh said he'd rather live out his days on Maui than at a hospital in New York City

Charles Lindbergh is buried in a small cemetery just south of Hana; he and his wife had a house here and Lindbergh said he'd rather live out his days on Maui than at a hospital in New York City

'Ohe'o Gulch often has turquoise waters that make for great photos; 'Ohe'o Gulch is often called the Seven Sacred Pools but that name was invented by marketers as there has never been anything sacred about the pools

'Ohe'o Gulch often has turquoise waters that make for great photos; 'Ohe'o Gulch is often called the Seven Sacred Pools but that name was invented by marketers as there has never been anything sacred about the pools

Plumeria (aka frangipani) flowers are used in making traditional Hawaiian leis; the trees often look dead with no leaves on them but do have the gorgeous blooms

Plumeria (aka frangipani) flowers are used in making traditional Hawaiian leis; the trees often look dead with no leaves on them but do have the gorgeous blooms

Lee had visited the Venus Pool before but I had not; this sure doesn't look like the photo in my guide book!; Pat Benatar got married in Hana and has a house here

Lee had visited the Venus Pool before but I had not; this sure doesn't look like the photo in my guide book!; Pat Benatar got married in Hana and has a house here

The canyon leading to the Pools at 'Ohe'o Gulch was almost full due to heavy rain on the slopes of Haleakala; cost to enter the park is $30 per vehicle and good for 3 days

The canyon leading to the Pools at 'Ohe'o Gulch was almost full due to heavy rain on the slopes of Haleakala; cost to enter the park is $30 per vehicle and good for 3 days

The Pools of 'Ohe'o Gulch are the most popular tourist attraction in East Maui; face masks were required throughout the park including on the Pipiwai Trail

The Pools of 'Ohe'o Gulch are the most popular tourist attraction in East Maui; face masks were required throughout the park including on the Pipiwai Trail

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