Back on the Road to Hana

OK, we’re on the road to Hana again. More views of the lush vegetation and incredibly blue Pacific. . . .


I don’t know the name of this plant, but they were all over:

red flower + surf

After driving and sightseeing for two hours, we stopped at this place:

Uncle Harry's sign

See the little purple flowers peeking out from the plants at the base of the sign? Here’s a close-up of one of them. We thought the blossom at the end was so cool. . . .

tropical flower

Banana trees were growing all over the place.

bananas + fence


It’s no surprise that Uncle Harry’s sells the best banana bread. It was wonderful.

I couldn’t get over all the plants and how blue the Pacific was:

palms + pacific

We followed this red jeep most of the way.

red jeep

I messed up the numbers–no need to put someone’s license plate all over the Internet.

My friends and I decided to call it quits after four hours. We felt like we’d seen a lot and the drive was just getting tedious. Plus one of us was in the back seat and I couldn’t subject her to more of the same. She was such a good sport!

When we visited a little town called Paia later on, I found this tile and had to get it:

road to hana tile

Someone later told us the secret is to reserve a room in Hana, drive there and spend the night so you don’t have to do the entire trip in one day. Good advice, that.

Surprising random facts: Charles Lindbergh made his last flight from a New York hospital to Hana, Maui, to spend his remaining days with his family. He is buried in Kipahulu, about 45 minutes past Hana. If you’re thinking of doing that drive, be warned that most rental cars aren’t allowed to go beyond Hana.

I had good news when I returned from Hawaii: Getty sold a couple of my prints and requested 30 more photos. 🙂


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11 Responses to Back on the Road to Hana

  1. Great pics! And congrats on selling some prints!

  2. Caroline says:

    Congratulations. That’s wonderful.
    Such a gorgeous place.
    I grew that plant with the little blue flower. It’s not easy to have them bloom again but it worked for a few years and then it suddently died. That’s what I love about these places, the vegetation is so lush and green but all of a sudden there’s an intense splash of color somehwere. A flower or a bird.

    • Thanks, Caroline. I had never seen this plant before. So glad my friend pointed out the blossom. It’s not easy to get plants to bloom out of their natural habitat, so you did well.

  3. TBM says:

    This really makes me miss the Pacific! I haven’t seen it for years.

  4. Jackie Cangro says:

    What an interesting fact about Charles Lindbergh. I would have never thought he was buried on Maui.
    The colors and brightness of your photos are almost surreal! So gorgeous. I know everywhere you look is another stunning view.
    I’m impressed that you lasted 4 hours on the road. It can be quite nerve wracking.

    • Thanks, Jackie. The drive was certainly challenging.

      I read that Lindbergh and his wife started visiting Pan Am exec Sam Pryor in Maui during the 50s and later built their own home there in 1971. Lindbergh really loved Maui and wanted to die there.

  5. Patti says:

    Woo hoo! great news about the sale of the photos!

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