The (wet) Road to Hana

The (wet) Road to Hana

The anyway rather wet coast line to hana got a lot of rain the night before our trip. The waterfalls were pumping and instead of swimming in the clear freshwater pools, we had to stay out of the water and beware of the strong current. As lucky we were on the first day with the weather, the second day was heavy rain all morning, forcing us having breakfast in the van…. we also had to skip the hike along the Pipiway stream through the bamboo forest to the huge waterfall.

South Shore Surfing at Launiupoko

South Shore Surfing at Launiupoko

Launiupoko (see Google Maps) is a gret place for surfing in South Swell. Nice beach park, gentle wave and easy access. Only parking is a little difficult, but with  bit of patience, you will find a spot – sooner or later…

The are usually small waves, the Lahaina web cam tells you the current conditions, you can also find swell forecast and tide chars on the swell info website.

Maui Wind gusting up to 40 mph

Maui Wind gusting up to 40 mph

Kiting with de-powered 5m

Yes, we went out at 1 pm, with a de-powered 5m kite! Not very pleasant and alomst nobody on the water. Also, many f* ups on the beach while peple were launching their kites.

Big Beach

Big Beach

Maui’s best Beach

Big Beach (Makena Beach / Oneloa Beach) on Maui’s South Shore is rated as #1 beach here on Maui – the sandy beach is huge and the crystal clear water invites for endless playing in the shore break. Additional informations at mauiguidebook.com or mauiinformationguid.com.

Also recommendable in this area is Little Beach and the lava fields of La Perouse.

On the drive back through Kihei, treat yourself with an ice cream at Cold Stone. Just take the exit Piikea Ave on the Piilani Hwy and turn right into the Piilani Village Shopping Center – You will not regret!

Short trip to Lahaina

Short trip to Lahaina

Lahaina

Short trip to Lahaina – in the end, you need lots of surf shorts here and Lahaina has an endless selection. The town hasn’t really changed over the last years. Still charming and mellow, just a few beauty spa salons have popped up – which is a little weird.

A drink at Kimo’s beachfront restaurant is always an experience. Quick stop on the way back taking a picture of the West Maui Mountain view and buying some fruits.