My husband and I will be spending 8 nights on Maui in October. We are early 50's, fit and enjoy active vacations. This will be our 3rd visit to Maui, but previous trips have included our kids, and we have never driven the road to Hana.
We have booked 5 nights at Hale Pau Hana in Kihei, and my plan was to book 3 nights in Hana. I thought we would enjoy the hiking and beaches in the area and the "remote" romantic feel.
After reading tons of posts on this board, I'm now unsure. My plan was to spend a full day driving from Kihei to Hana, stopping in Makawao, Paia and many other points along the way, taking our time and sightseeing. As we would be staying in Hana, we would have our luggage in the trunk and I feel like I have read over and over again on this board "Do not leave your car with luggage in the trunk!".
I had planned to spend Hana Day 2 & 3 visiting the Venus Pool, Ohe'o Gulch, hiking the Pipiwai Trail, visiting Lindbergh's grave and relaxing on Hamoa Beach.
We have an 11:00 am flight back to Oregon. I thought if we left Hana by 7:00 am, we would be fine. But I feel like previous posters have been cautioned against trying to drive back from Hana for a mid-morning flight. We're willing to leave earlier, would 6:00 am work? Or should we just extend our stay on the west side and do a day trip to Hana?
Comments? Advice? Would love to hear it! Thanks!