We started out at 7am and picked up boxed lunches at CJ's deli. We also bought the Hana audio CD while we were there. Armed with the CD and Maui Revealed and a full tank of gas, we were on our way by 7:20. Driving past the road to Haleakala, I think we saw all the people who did sunrise coming back - or maybe it was just rush hour when we were going past that intersection around 8. Didn't stop in Pa'ia but planned to on the way back when all the shops opened.
We really wanted to get to the painted eucalyptus trees, but the lady on the CD said to make sure you had your insect repellant for that stop. Alas, I am very allergic to mosquito bites and didn't want to spend my last day in the ER, and I only had one OFF wipe and not a lot to really cover me, so we skipped that, sadly. No extensive hikes for us, which was fine, as it started raining around the Huelo lookout and didn't stop. In fact, it only got heavier and heavier as we went. We drive into the Garden of Eden place and learned the price was $15 per person - no thanks! We headed right back out.
We stopped at the halfway point for banana bread. I bought two loaves: one for us, one for my dad who's in Kihei and will love it on the long plane ride back to the mainland. My husband liked the bread but said he likes mine better! I tend to agree, as I can admit I have a talent for baking (cooking, not so much...)
I had started off driving and pretty soon husband was feeling carsick so by the time we got to Huelo we switched. Halfway to Hana gave us a chance to stretch our legs again. We stopped at the most amazing waterfall, too, much farther down the road. I think it was called Wailua? Luckily we were early visitors and didn't see many cars so we could linger without holding up traffic. We stopped at the state park with the black sand beach, which was great. It would've been nicer with better weather! It was a light sprinkle then. A little ways down at Hana Bay the big fat raindrops started falling so we just stayed in the car. We backed out and went on to Haleakala park for the O'heo gulch and seven sacred pools. It started raining even harder so we turned around and started back. What a bummer! I was really looking forward to that and the Pipiwei trail, but no way did we want to get cold and wet and tired.
We ate in the parking lot at Hana Bay. Husband and I both agreed the CJ's lunch wasn't worth the money. I couldn't really figure what the hype was about. We easily could have packed a lunch ourselves or just packed snacks, as we ate a big breakfast and made good time on the road. Maybe if we'd stopped more places and really explored, but the weather just wasn't cooperating. I only ate half my CJ's sandwich and don't plan to go back to that deli - other than to get my deposit back on the cooler!
The weather started clearing about halfway on the road back, but it was still overcast. We had a nutjob in a pickup truck behind us for many miles who kept honking and wanted to pass us, but there was another car in front of us too, and we could only go as fast as that person. Eventually that car in front pulled over - but not soon enough for that truck behind us - and husband is an excellent driver so he picked up a "local" pace that was still safe and that truck got off our tail. Such a jerk.
We were back by 4 but too tired to do anything. We did stop at the Hookipa outlook but it wasn't as clear or pretty as yesterday.