The day my husband and I spent with Kevin is one of the best days we’ve ever had. Kevin picked us up from the hotel for our private tour of the road to Hana and from the first few minutes it seemed like we were long lost friends just getting back together for an adventure. Being Hawaiian, Kevin has an amazing knowledge of the land, history, and politics affecting his people and was willing to share a lot of it with us.
There are 1,000 places that you could stop on the road to Hana and Kevin chose a handful based on our interests, letting us set or change the itinerary whenever we wanted to. (Note: I’m not going to write the names of where he took us so they continue to be primarily native secrets and remain unchanged and beautiful rather than becoming tourist attractions and getting overcrowded and full of garbage.)
Some of the places Kevin took us we were only able to get to because he was a native Hawaiian, making the trip with him that much more amazing than if we had driven ourselves (not recommended) or gone with a regular tour group.
At the first place we stopped, Kevin did a native chant to ask permission for us to be there and to show gratitude, which he does every time he enters the ocean. It was awesome to hear him sing the chant that was passed down by his grandmother, who was 1 of 12 Hawaiians (ever!) chosen to learn all of the history of their people through chants, songs, and hula and pass it on to others!
During our trip to Hana, we saw many, many waterfalls (and hiked to one), tried to pet wild goats (they don’t like people, apparently), viewed many wild deer, cows, and mongoose, had huli huli chicken and ribs on the side of the road for lunch (which looked super shady and ended up being delicious), and stopped at a beautiful location to swim in the ocean. The swimming spot ended up taking the award for my second favorite place in the entire world! And at the very end we got the most delicious pie at Maui Pie company (see? I told you one of our secrets 🙂).
What really made the trip, though, was Kevin himself. I would have had (almost) just as great of a day if we had stared at the same tree all day talking about Hawaiian culture and history. Kevin is so knowledgeable, personable, and very genuine (and also a very safe driver on the 620 hairpin curves and 59 one-lane bridges on the road to Hana), my husband and I are recommending him to anyone we talk to wanting to go to Maui for any sort of adventure!