Hello Friends and Family,

1982 - HI, Maui, Part 2

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The road to Hana is incredibly picturesque — at certain times of the year and when powered by Maui rain, waterfalls will flow, catching your eye at every turn of the asphalt.

A good guidebook will make suggestions of places to stop and explore further. If you don't have one, just look for slightly wider parts of the road where a gaggle of rental cars has gathered. You will likely encounter a new gregarious friend who will share their experiences.

I thought this hillside was absolutely beautiful with the African Tulip trees (orange flowers) and Jacaranda trees (purple flowers) in full bloom. Although both are aesthetically pleasing, both are considered invasive. 'Tis a pity.

One spot along the road to Hana that I particularly enjoy is the Keʻanae Penninsula, seen here from an overlook. Those rectangular areas are taro patches.

Keʻanae is known best for being one of Hawaii's major taro farm-growing areas. In case you don't know, taro is a root vegetable like yams and is a traditional staple of the native cuisine of Hawai’i and much of Polynesia. Some of the uses for taro include poi, table taro (steamed and served as a potato), taro chips, and lūʻau leaf (to make laulau).

Most mainlanders will tell you that poi tastes like wallpaper paste. Of course, the joke in Hawai’i is why do so many haolis eat wallpaper paste? You will find poi at most luaus — and I like it. If you have a chance, try it with an open mind.

I also really enjoy taro chips. Even in Hawai’i, they are becoming hard to find and expensive. If you find some, buy a bag and enjoy them just like potato chips.

The shoreline at Keʻanae is rugged with lots of lava defending the land against the sea.

On a day like this one, you will often feel the waves hitting the lava — not just see them or hear them.

And, if you are not paying attention, you may be surprised by some of them — like this one.

Back on the road to Hana, I had to stop again at the overlook and see it with newfound appreciation. It's a great place.

Here you can see a typical photo of the road to Hana as it winds along the steep hillsides. This was not a great day for photography but you will see similar shots posted everywhere touting "The Road to Hana".

Surprisingly, very few of the folks traveling to Hana will take the time to visit some of the out-of-the-way beaches. I did, of course, and was rewarded by the sight of a couple of surfers enjoying the waves.

The same thing is true that many (most?) of the people traveling this way will avoid some of the overlooks. I love it. I guess the others were either in a hurry or afraid of heights.

Last for today is the part of the route that gets stretched out with fewer curves as we get closer and closer to Hana. More fun awaits.

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com