The road to Hana has 617 hairpin curves over a total distance of 52 miles that’s about 11 curves per mile and a lot of tummy rumbling. Lots of places to pull over, catch your breath and sightsee but sometimes you need something more. I've gathered these suggestions off of Facebook from fellow travelers. My daughter gets sick on regular roads and loved the Hana Tonic which is sold all over. We found it at ABC stores.
When you pull over to explore a water fall or rest your tummy choose wisely. If the sign says no parking there is a reason and even if others are stopped keep going. Remember what your mom said when you told her everybody's doing it? Don't be stupid because somebody else is.
Mele Kalikimaka In Hawaii
As I'm sure you can guess, Christmas came with the Christians, The Protestant missionaries who arrived in 1820 introduced the story and celebration of Jesus's birth but long before the Hawaiian had a 4 month celebration with the essence of peace and goodwill and all wars were forbidden. The early Hawaiians were a brutal group so getting them to all agree to a temporary truce was an early Christmas miracle.
Mary Dominis brought a Christmas tree and Santa Claus or Kanakaloka to the Hawaii's first Christmas party on the 24th of December 1858. King Kamehameha IV declared in an official holiday in 1862.
We can now enjoy decorations and lighting ceremony's throughout all the islands. A real stand out is at the Grand Wailea in South Maui which is available to the public. For those so lucky to be in Maui for Christmas - Enoy.
Aloha Stoked does such a good job with their youtube. This looks like such fun -
I've figured out how to make a youtube !! This is a collection of my photo's of beaches on Maui - Just something for me to do while I'm missing Kihei
I love to hike in Washington and I brought that love to Maui. Twin Falls is an easy yet exciting hike just past Paia. You can easily see the Twin Falls from a short walk from the parking lot but if your willing to get your feet wet in a few streams keep going to the next falls for a swim under the falls. You can keep going up to a third and final set of falls. Keep the spirit of Aloha alive and respect the No Trespassing signs you will see along your way. Enjoy my home made video - I'm no master but I have fun.
Heiau = An ancient Hawaiian temple or sacred site.
This heiau is supposedly the oldest on Maui, dating to the 13th century. Legend has it that it was built in one night from stones taken from the Wailuku River. What really attracted me was this was the spot for the last human sacrifice on Maui. One of the princess's of Maui insulted him and well...... that was that.
A writer for the San Jose Mercury News, Lee Quarstrom claims to have almost seen, from the corner of his eye, a troop of helmeted Hawaiian warriors defending their sacred stronghold with clubs and spears against an onslaught of enemies from another island. Looking around there was nothing in his direct sight. Chilling to know the Hawaii of old is still there, jus out of our site.
You can't drive to the area any longer and if you want driving access you need to call a number. Otherwise, park down in the neighborhood streets and walk up the road. It's a fairly short and easy walk. Added bonus to the heiau is territorial view below.
The proper story of the Pali in Oahu has warriors being chased up to the edge and jumping to their death. Grusome as that is there are many more creepy stories about Morgan’s Corner in Nu’uanu Valley.
The hairpin curve on the old Nu’uanu Pali Road became famous in 1948 when a local widow was brutally murdered by two escaped felons, Morgan and Palakiko. The murder shocked the local, quiet community at the time it happened. The felons were out to rob a house and they found Therese Wilder cooking alone. Being very hungry, they decided to murder her and eat the food. Wilder’s body was later found bound and gagged by her landscaper. After intense investigation, the felons confessed to her murder. Locals claim that the spirits of Therese Wilder and the two prisoners, haunt the area of Morgan’s Corner.
Morgan's corner is crowded area for ghosts. There is another story of a young woman who killed herself by hanging. Her partially decomposed body was found at Morgan’s Corner with her head in the noose but her body pulled off by her own weight. Locals say that her head was never attached for burial and her spirit wanders through Nu’uanu Valley looking for her missing head.
The last ghost story from Morgan's Corner involves young lovers who drove up to Morgan’s Corner and parked under a tree. When it came time to leave the car wouldn't to start. The young man told his girlfriend to remain in the car and he walked out for help. Time passed and the girl fell asleep listening to the sound of rustling tree branches along the roof of the car.
Morning came and the young woman was awakened by local police. He was very firm and told her to get into his car and don't look around, just get in. Like everybody told not to look, she did and as she turned she saw a horrific scene. Her dead lover's mutilated inverted body hanging from the tree which they parked under. What she thought was the sound of rustling branches were his fingers scratching the vehicle.
Many strange reports continue to come out of Morgan’s Corner and locals not to stop, especially at night.
Legend has it the Volcano Goddess Pele shows herself in many forms but she is best known as a woman with long white hair, both elderly and young, and both disheveled and polished. Roaming from island to island, rumor has it she often hitchhikes and smokes cigarettes which lights with a mere snap of her fingers. Sometimes spotted with a small white dog, she’s been known to hop into the bed of a pickup or the back of a car only to disappear at a stop or after a bend in the road. Others have reported seeing her dancing in red at the foot of volcanoes. Believed to be testing your kindness failing to pick up the White Lady or neglecting to treat with her aloha has bad results. In other words, give the blonde a ride, offer her a smoke, and forget about carrying around a box of matches.
Part time Maui resident sharing my Kihei condo with guests when I'm staying in my mainland home.