When I told my family we needed to get up early for the third day in a row, they were about to kill me! I wanted to get on the road at 6:30 and they weren't having it. We finally left around 7:30 and found ourselves driving toward gray skies and rain. We turned on our gypsy app and started exploring. It pointed out the grove of rainbow eucalyptus trees which were so pretty. Our first stop was the three bears falls. Beautiful. Was lightly raining at this point. After that we drove straight thru past Hana. Because we started so early many stands we're not open yet along the road. Stopped at Wailua Falls-again beautiful! Then drove to O'heo Gulch/Haleakala Natl Park. By this time it was raining. We waited it out a little while and then it stopped. We saw the pools, which were closed for swimming. Then we started the Pipiwai trail. The sun came out for our hike. I loved the hike. It was about 2 hours round trip and mildly strenuous. Lots of great views along the way. As we finished the trail it started raining. At this point we didn't care since we were hot and sweaty and muddy anyway.
I told my family seeing a black sand beach was on my bucket list and we stopped at Waianapanapa (sp) St Park. By this time it was pouring. I barely was able to take pics and we started the drive back. Unfortunately my family is not the "it's not the destination; it's the journey" type and they didn't enjoy it much. I definitely think this is a trip for adults. Although if the weather was better and we were able to swim, it may have worked out differently for us.
Returned to the Honua Kai about 4:30 and went to Dukes for dinner. The food wasn't the best on the island but you cannot beat Dukes for ambiance. We even got our free hula pie. I know it's only ice cream pie but it hit the spot! Yummy! We finished our long day by going into Lahaina to explore the shops and see the banyan tree. I promised my family they could sleep in tomorrow!