Hawaii 5-0 travel blog

Hiking along the edge of a steep drop into the ocean

Red sand beach in a lovely secluded cove

It is really red sand

Hamoa Beach - supposedly a perfect beach

Someone had to check the water

Footsteps in the sand

Waiahonu Falls

Tree puts down new roots - so cool

Seven Sacred Pools

Hiding under the falls

People were diving in from the cliffs

View from above - the water was very, very cold

Just perfect

Goregeous scenery

At home these fit in a small pot and are called houseplants

Charles Lindberg the famous aviator died here of cancer at age 72

Headed toward the leeward side of the island

We have left the rain forest behind

Lahaina, Maui, HI We have already been to beaches with green sand and black sand while on this trip. Although we had to hike to reach it, we found a red sand beach today. It was not a sanctioned trail so it is not marked at all and it was a little challenging in places but we managed. To round things out we then stopped at Hamoa Beach – a beach James Michener (author of the popular novel Hawaii) supposedly called the most perfect beach in the North Pacific. It looked like a regular sand beach to us. Apparently we are not literary. We continued down the road (one-lane twisty pathway) to Pools of ‘Ohe’o aka Seven Sacred Pools. Since most tourists stopped at the end of the “good” road at Hana, the owner of Hotel Hana coined the name Seven Sacred Pools decades ago for the purpose of marketing this deservingly spectacular but then unknown remote location to tourists. There are many more than 7 pools and many waterfalls in this gulch on the slopes of Mount Haleakala. We spent the day exploring all we could in the rain forest before heading to the leeward side of the island. What a difference in landscape. This side is hot, rocky and barren of much natural growth but full of resorts! We look forward to exploring ours.

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