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Old Nov 7, 18, 12:54 pm
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Orcas Island, Washington
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I lived on Maui from 1967 to 2004, and always enjoyed going to Hana for vacations of two to three days. There's lots to do there--Waianapanapa State Park with its black sand beach and freshwater caves for swimming, and exploring archaeological sites and other hikes. Hana Bay has a nice beach and some interesting snorkling. Red Sand (Kaihalulu )Beach is spectacular-my family used to spend entire days there. The Kipahulu section of Haleakala National Park has some beautiful freshwater pools and interesting hikes.

The 13-mile hike through Haleakala Crater (down Sliding Sands trail and up Halemau'u trail) is fantastic. Head up the mountain in the early morning to catch sunrise, but park your car at Halemau'u Trailhead and hitchhike from there to the top (there will be hundreds of other friendly tourists driving all the way to the top for sunrise). Take plenty of water, sunscreen, and rain gear.
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