Sunrise from our condo in Hana (Hana Kai Maui) before heading to Kipahulu to the Haleakala National Park Visitor Center at Ohe'o Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools)
The Pipiwai Trail starts at the Kipahulu visitor center and goes two miles up to Waimoku Falls. This banyan tree is about a mile up.
The Pipiwai Trail crosses these cascades and takes you through a big bamboo forest. Love the sound of bamboo clunking together on a windy day.
African Tulip Tree bloom
Left: 400-foot Waimoku Falls. Right: Seven Sacred Pools - a half mile Kuloa loop hike from the visitor center. Perfect for a dip after the hike to Waimoku.
Seven Sacred Pools
View from the trail at Seven Sacred Pools.
Take a tour at Ono Farms to tast many exotic fruits.
Pineapple and ornamental pineapple at Ono.
Past the Seven Sacred Pools, we drove the adventurous Route 31 (Piilani Highway) around the south coast back to central Maui. Most visitors do not travel this road and many advise against driving it. But we did and loved it! Much of the way is one way with two way traffic. So watch out, especially at blind curves! It's one of most stunning drives you will take. Part of it is unpaved, but in decent shape.
There are many places along the way to stop and enjoy the dramatic views.
You are driving the cliff tops one moment and along the coast the next!
Stop at St Joseph's Church in Kaupo.
After a drive through the rainforest with multiple waterfalls roadside, you will transition into the very dry side of Maui for very different vistas.
Pokowai Sea Arch
Note: There's no gas or food for a long stretch! After leaving this very dry area, the road ascends into the wet hills past Tedeschi Winery. Stopped for lunch in Kula at Kula Bistro - we had a fabulous breakfast there after seeing the Haleakala sunrise, so wanted to enjoy it again!