Everyone that has been to Maui will tell you to take the road to Hana; the tourism board loves it, the yearly visitors love it. Well I’m here to tell you that there is another drive that is equally as beautiful but a whole lot less crowded.
If you are staying on the west side of the island at one of the many resorts lining the beach, but dream of getting away from it all just point your car north. As you head toward Ka’anapali the road will start to curve to the east and narrow as it changes to a one lane road making you wonder if your compact car can squeeze by and praying no SUVs come tearing around the corner.
This was an incredible drive and probably the highlight of our 2010 trip to Maui when Dek was 5 months old. It was our first family vacation. Friends had recommended the island as the best place to travel with kids. It was an easy vacation, a little too easy if I’m perfectly honest. The resorts taking over the beachfront were a bit of a turn off as well as the inability to easily get away from the crowds. We were based in Lahaina and one day we decided to check out Whalers Village. We took one look and kept driving. It was not what we were looking for that day. We needed the open road and a hidden gem.
We found it.
Not long into the drive you see the crowds melt away and local houses spring up. Unlisted waterfalls and beaches tempt you from the road you are winding down. Soon enough you start to see signs for Julia’s banana bread. You MUST stop when you get to her stand (last I heard it was still there). This is the best banana bread on the island, and I know banana bread. It is my favorite of the fruity breads and this stuff is handmade with love, not a machine. The bread on the road to Hana has nothing on Julia’s. Also try her passion fruit butter if it’s available. You may want to bring a knife and spoon on your drive so you can dive right in.
Your tour ends back at the airport. Sit back and relax as you marvel at the beauty you just saw that many miss. And next time you are someplace new why not pick a direction and start driving. You never know what you will find.
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