After spending two magical days on the east coast of Maui, it was time to say goodbye to Halemano, our unforgettable sanctuary and the mystical Haleakala National Park.
We soon discovered that the Road “from” Hana was just as scenic as the Road to Hana.
We left around 8:30am to ensure we had enough time to enjoy the views before our 1:00pm flight…
…and also in case we encountered a traffic jam!
(This one was caused when two oncoming cars encountering the same turn didn’t allow each other enough room to pass causing a stand still, so they had to back up causing each car behind them to back up as well.)
A reminder of all the places we have yet to explore!
A lush wonderland around every corner!
I loved the moss-laden bridges!
The narrow road was an adventure in itself!
A sobering reminder that although the Road to Hana is beautiful,
it can also be very dangerous.
Painted Bark Eucalyptus Trees
Truly a masterpiece!
As we exited the lush wonderland and grew closer to Kahului Airport, we stopped at the this-can’t-be-real-the-water-is-much-too-blue Paia Beach.
It’s easy to get mesmerized with this view!
Soon we were at Kahului Airport and boarding our flight for the Big Island on Mokulele Express, Hawaii’s #1 Island Hopper Airline.
Did I mention how TINY it was? We had to literally duck our heads when entering the plane. And look at the pilots – they were like RIGHT THERE! Seating around 10-12 people, it was like a flying school bus.
And oh what fun it was!
I would definitely recommend Mokulele Express when island hopping!
Like two kids in a candy store, we were eager to find out what the second half of our Hawaiian adventure had in store for us!