Another great day in Hana.
We relaxed for the morning...first time all trip where we weren't wanting to get somewhere early. We didn't really sleep in but had a lazy morning. Pancakes for breakfast, reading, etc. It was really nice.
Late morning we headed for Waianapanapa State Park. Okay....so I do not have any words left. This is the most beautiful place I have ever been to...and I've been to a lot of beautiful places. I am awestruck!!!
We started off walking through the lava tube just to the right of the beach. Nice and cool in there, with great photo ops with the surf crashing through the other end. We played at the beach for a while...not too deep though...just to our knees. The rolling rocks hitting your feet hurt, so we didn't play long.
I was looking for the caves in the wrong place. We ended up taking the Coastal Trail for quite a long ways before we decided it wasn't going to take us to the caves...lol. However, the scenery on this trail is outstanding.
We went back to get cooled off in the lava tube, then had a picnic lunch in the shade of the trees. So the caves were so close to us all along and we didn't even know it. I had read that the entrance was between some thickets...and that we would see some stairs inside the thickets. Well we must have looked pretty foolish peeking and digging between the thickets to find the stairs...lol. We thought the path was off the trail from the beach....it is NOT!!!
So just past our picnic table, on the far side of a parking lot there is a great big sign...saying caves. Duh!!!! The entrance is not little or hidden...but very obvious. The girls had had enough so they stayed in the shade with a big bag of Maui chips, and off we went.
The walk to the cave pool takes about 3 minutes. Lots of people were swimming...so my husband jumped in. I think this is spring fed, so hopefully no lepto here...as his head went under. Everyine who jumped in said the same thing....wow...that is cold!!!
When we got back and told the girls about it, the 12 year old wanted to go...so hubby went back with her. She went in as well, but walked in so as not to put her head under. (We had the talk yesterday about not puting our heads under at Oheo Gulch).
We walked over to the blowhole area...but it was dry. But what surprised me was the rock cliff jumpers. There is this rocky island just off shore. People were swimming out there..climbing up...way up..onto this skinny spire...then jumping into the ocean. Whoa....I am somewhat adventurous but I wouldn't be doing that.
We absolutely loved this area...and we spent several hours here. I want to forever etch this beauty into my brain. It will become my "happy place".
We stopped to pick up some more Shaka Pops and spent the evening at our 'home'.
So...I think it's safe now to tell you where we stayed...lol. It is a great little cottage...but more like a beautiful little house. Two bedroom, washer/dryer, new bath and kitchen, screened porch...lovely. It is from Hana Paradise Cottages and because we spent 3 nights the price was $175.00 per night..no cleaning fee. It is extremely clean and well appointed...I highly recommend it. There was a plate of fresh fruit and homemade banana bread waiting for us. No a/c here though, so we made good use of fans.
Well...this is our last nigjt in Hana...wish us luck for the drive back. My hubby is already starting to get nervous about it..lol.
However we felt about the drive here...I am so glad we came...we really love Hana. So many say that it is not the town/area that is the draw, but the road. I feel completely opposite. We did not like the road...but loved this whole area.
Our vacation is now at the halfway mark, which is crazy as it seems like we have done so much in our first 10 days.
One exteme to the other...tomorrow we are off to the Grand Wailia for a night.