Hawaii and Cruise, Day 4
The truck that we rented on day three came in to play on day four for our road trip to Hana (and the Pipiwai Trail just beyond). If you have never been, the undulating road to Hana is a destination in and of itself with more than 600 hairpin turns, over 50 one-lane bridges, and many dramatic views of the coastline. For this reason, Hana is one of the remotest towns in all of the Hawaiian islands. I should note that a Chevrolet Silverado 4×4 pick-up truck is not the preferred vehicle for this task as it takes up more than its share of the narrow lanes, and was quite a surprise, considering we had reserved a Corolla. Nonetheless, I drove both ways and we lived, despite my having to reverse several times and/or hug the edge of the road (with a likely fatal drop-off beyond).
The Pipiwai Trail, in Haleakala National Park, is a beautiful, 4-mile roundtrip hike. The lush, jungle trail features three waterfalls (including Makahiku and Waimoku- over 400 feet tall), sprawling banyan trees, and a bamboo forest. No doubt, this hike was one of the highlights of our recent trip.
The entrance to the Bamboo Forest: