|Flying by Pearl Harbor on Oahu|
|Leaving Oahu, passing Diamond Head|
|The patch of land at the top is Maui, and |
at the bottom is the island of Lanai
I arrived an entire day early - accidentally - so yesterday night I stayed the first night at a cute Bed and Breakfast called 'God's Peace of Maui'. That first afternoon, I drove up to Haleakalā National Park but didn't go in as someone forgot her Senior National Park Pass. I figure I'll visit another time. Today - being Californian - I woke to the unfamiliar sound of rain pitter patting on the window, and the squawks of exotic birds. Once up and breakfasted with a friendly Maui local or two, I took off in the general direction of Haleakalā crater road and after a few minutes of being lost, I was on Road 37, headed to the southeastern bits of Maui.
|Looking out over Wailea-Makena from hills along route 37|
|Lots of lava rock fencing along the so-called highway (a country road in any other state)|
|Enjoyed tropical rains along the one-lane bits of the road|
|As deserted as the area looked, there were little homes & farms along the way.|
Enjoyed the Hawaiian signs, and even more appreciated the interesting translation.
View of the same sign, from the opposite direction.
|The road forded many streams and rivulets|
|Keyhole in seacoast cliffs|
|Figured I had to be on the right road... more or less?|
Finally I spotted the road into Kipahula - southern - entrance to
Haleakalā National Park, rather romantically covered over with jungle greenery.
After flashing my senior park pass at the Ranger Kiosk, I parked and hit the visitor's center. I wanted to do some birding on the path up to the Makahiku Falls. But being already warm and also because I had all my luggage and equipment in the car, I decided not to do the hike (stop laughing! I so could have walked uphill to the waterfall!).
|Haleakalā Visitor Center|
|View from my room's patio|