Hi I am Jacqui from Sydney who went to Maui in July 2016. I have been to Oahu four times but this was my first trip to Maui. I flew from Honolulu to Kahului Airport and did a bus trip on the Road to Hana that took the day. The road to Hana is touted as one of the world’s best road trips, for its many hidden gems and natural attractions, including cascading waterfalls, bamboo forests, jungle hiking trails, lava tubes, exotic beaches, scenic overlooks, tropical gardens, historic sites, and much more. My first impression of Maui was I felt like I was in the move Jurassic Park and that a dinosaur could pop out of the lush forest at any moment. I have never seen such vibrant colors in plants, it was almost larger than life, the green was very green, and the vegetation was very dense. If you want to switch off from the world of technology and relax and not be distracted or bothered, Maui was perfect as there was hardly any internet reception.
We stopped at the Waianapanapa State Park and the Haleakaia National Park and Paia. I found my favourite banyan tree on the way to the Seven Sacred Pools at Haleakaia National Park. I love my iphone 6+ for rearranging my photos in order now and it evens gives you a map of Maui to show where you took them which was Pai, Waianapanapa State Park, Seven Sacred Pools and Haleakaia National Park.
Paia Haleakaia National Park
Wainapanapa State Park
Since I have been back in Sydney I have strangely started seeing the word ‘Maui’ around, saw it on some sunglasses the other day and even a van last week had ‘Maui’ written at the back. I think this maybe the start of some regular visiting, ideally on a yearly basis in Sydney’s winter from June – August when Maui is just right.