We are a mid-30s couple who loves the outdoors. We've been to Maui many times but have never been to Hana because the idea of spending that much time in the car wasn't appealing. However we're spending 9 nights in Maui at the end of May and now considering a trip to Hana. We arrive in Maui at 12:30pm and leave at 10:40am.
Here are our options:
1. drive directly to Hana with stops along the way and spend 1-3 nights there
2. take a day trip to Hana from our home base in Kaanapali
3. end our trip with 1-3 nights in Hana, which would require us to leave at a very early time to get our 10:40am flight
What I'm worried about with staying in Hana is that we'd have our bags in our vehicle and have heard about many break-ins at the stops along the way. Also - if we had a Jeep which sounds like the idea vehicle to use - we'd have no way of locking our suitcases in the trunk. Is it worth it to stay in Hana or is it best to do it as a day trip?