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Monday, June 25, 2012

Our Extreme Road to Hana


The road to Hana was an extreme adventure for my family while vacationing last week in Hawaii. As we started to drive around to the other side of the island, the rain started. Our family loves an adventure, and an adventure was exactly what we got on our full-day drive.


Our first stop was to find the famous Twin Falls. It was sprinkling while hiking down to the falls. When we first saw the falls, they reminded me of the movie "The Goonies" where the kids all went sliding down a muddy waterfall. We were all captivated by its beauty.


We stopped at many waterfalls along the road, and thank goodness for our cool waterproof camera. 


Look what troopers we had showing some Hawaiian pride.



I had read in an online guide about a secret trail to a secluded waterfall. There was a funny shaped rock that marked the start of this secret trail, as we began our hike. 


The kids had no clue where we were going until we spotted this...


Our own secret oasis!


We spent quite a lot of time here, even enjoying our packed picnic lunch. The beauty of this special waterfall brought us closer to nature, closer to each other and closer to God.


After our time at our favorite waterfall, we hiked a six mile trail around the rain forest. Andrew and I even drank rain water off of leaves - which we were probably lucky we did not catch a parasite from.



What we learned on our adventures: Don't be afraid to get off the main path in life. Life is adventure - so LIVE it!


Although we did not make it to the end of the road to Hana, we made it throughout the jungles that surround the roads to Hana.

Oh yeah - and we even found one of these...


It was the first time my kids had seen a pay phone! They were fascinated by it, and it kept them entertained while we enjoyed a break from our hiking.


23 comments:

  1. Love these photos I never actually made it down the road myself so I appreciated these that much more

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    1. We made it to the end last time we visited, but this time we really wanted to see much more than just the road. :)

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  2. So Rainy Day, Flash Floods pending, slippery walk with unsafe foot attire. Good thing your alive. You see the dirty water, means there was just a flash flood a couple of hours ago. God kept you safe, inspite of your unknowing the dangers you placed your children in. Hopefully you teach them not to be that careless. God bless.

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    1. Thank you for your concern, however, sprinkling is not anything close to flash floods. :) I can assure you that our children were never in any danger.

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  3. We did get to see a waterfall much like this one, but the swimming hole was much larger. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous and they tell the story of a darling family having a wonderful time.

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    1. You are so sweet Mary! Thank you!! Our family did have a wonderful time - it was a special bonding experience!

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  4. Your kids are so cute! Love the pictures.

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  5. what a great post!! and love that you had fun in the rain and mud! sooooo important to take trips like that your children will remember them forever and so will you!!!

    xooxox

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    1. Yes! We will remember our time together forever!

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  6. Gorgeous pix. Looks like you guys had a great time.

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  7. I love all of the pics! Family vacations are the best...especially when a tropical wonderland is the destination! I loved the message in your post the most!

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    1. Thank you. That was the biggest message we got from being close to nature.

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  8. What a great day. I love that you embraced the rain and the spirit of adventure instead of running from it. To the commenter above- muddy water does not always mean flash floods. That part of Maui is constantly pummeled with rain, resulting in quite bit of continuous runoff.

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  9. What fun! I've wanted to do the Hana Road also, but we've always gotten so side tracked in Maui! LOL.

    Looks like you had a great time and that is what it is all about!

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  10. Shannon Bradley-CollearyJune 26, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    We drove to Hana once and were almost run off the road by Alexander Payne - director of The Descendants. How crazy is that?

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  11. I bet it was hard to come home after enjoying all that loveliness! Cracked up at the pay phone. I don't think my daughter has seen one, either (at least, not here in the States).

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  12. I love driving to hana!! can't wait for my kids to see it

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  13. How absolutely and truly fantastic. I love that you created these memories for your kids. I can't wait to do the same with my own kids.

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  14. Lovely! We have yet to go to Hawaii, but I look forward to discovering secret oasis' too.

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