We finally arrived in Hana around noon that day. It’s actually a very small “town”, with just a street or two of stores and eateries, the school and some church buildings.
We took a lunch break at the Hana Beach Park, which, compared to all the other beautiful beaches of Maui, was rather sad looking.. (especially because the weather wasn’t the greatest at the time).
Our guide brought out his handy cooler with our spread - BBQ chicken, macaroni salad, mixed greens salad, bread rolls, and various drinks. I might have mentioned this already, their local specialty drink the POG juice - passion fruit, orange and guava. It was quite sweet and refreshing! I had it on several occasions during the lunches and hotel breakfasts.
Afterwards, the drive continued, with quick stops at small vendor huts and farms, some churches, and of course photo-ops to take in the island’s natural beauty.
The next big stop was at the Haleakalā National Park, where we got a bit more time to roam around. I wish we’d stopped for even longer though, as there were several hiking trails that we didn’t have time to explore.
The O’heo Gulch Pools were also located there, which appeared to be a pretty popular spot for some dipping and cannonball jumps. It reminded me very much of the Lynn Canyon pools back home.