at the end of the official (paved road), is part of the
Haleakala National Park, with the Pools of O'heo (also known as
the Seven Sacred Pools). It is a beautiful, although
somewhat rigorous 4 mile hike - about 2 hours up the path to
Waimoku Falls and about an hour and a half back down.
It was getting to be late afternoon when we arrived, but we
figured that we would hike quickly and make it to the falls and
It's not really fair to say that we would make it to "the" falls
- because there are many magnificent falls along the way - but
at the end of the trail, 300 foot Waimoku Falls is pretty
We were the last ones onto the trail, and we were definitely the
last one off the trail. It was dark on the trail due to
the dense vegetation, and very spooky when we came out. We
were moving pretty fast to get out of there!
After all, one would hate to be rescued by Park Rangers while
wearing only a Speedo and tank top!
At this point, we
have spent about 8 hours driving from Kaanapali to the end of the
road beyond Hana. And it is literally the end of the road. The
maps suggest that there is an “unpaved road” that continues around
the south end of the island, but of course the rental car company
insists that you will void their contract by taking their car out
there. However, faced with 8 hours of backtracking (starting at
6:00 or 7:00 at night), or adventuring through the “unpaved road” …
guess which one sounds more attractive? After all, how
bad can it really be?
It started off well
enough. The “road” wasn’t too bad and we could see where we were
going. All of a sudden, the “road” turned into hard-packed dirt
and rocks with huge ruts and gulleys. There was an occasional
paved spot of a few hundred yards, just to get your hopes up that
you had found civilization again, but it was a false hope.
Shortly after we ventured out, it got dark. Shortly after that, we
saw a huge Brahma bull on the side of the “road”. Apparently we
angered him. He decided to charge the car!! We had a near miss
with a ton of angry beef on the hoof, and nearly had to stop to
change our underwear (oh no, wait – one of us was still wearing our
hiking Speedo …)