OpenRoad Driver Volume 14 Issue 1 - Page 21

Volume 14 Issue 1 » 21 to viewpoints overlooking a series of waterfalls and their creations: seven popular waterholes. Today, crowds of swimmers frolic in these natural pools. Pipiwai Trail winds upstream to a less explored park area. Skirting ancient Hawaiian taro farms, guava orchards and patches of wild yellow hibiscus, we zigzag through hardwood groves and across wooden bridges. The trail soon becomes a boardwalk traversing a giant bamboo forest. Here, whispering breezes blow boney bamboo stalks into a ghostly clatter. Exiting into thick foliage, our trek ends at a refreshing pool under 400-foot Waimoku Falls. Sprawling upon flat rocks, we bask in the grandeur. On the way back to our cottage, we stumble upon Hana’s original town site at Hamoa Beach where only an abandoned sugar warehouse remains. Sea cliffs surround its sandy white crescent and picturesque bay. Coconut-topped, Alau Island seems to float offshore. By extending our stay in Hana, we delight in natural beauty and the timeless grace of old Hawaii. W H E N YO U G O v i s i t m a u i . c o m M a u i Vi s i t o r ’ s Bureau provides details re gard i ng eve nts , ac tiv itie s and cultural experiences for all tastes. travaasa.com/hana A favoured retreat for over 60 ye a r s , the re na me d Tr av a as a c onti nue s to be a pe r fe c t b a s e fo r i nve s t i g at i ng Ha n a .