This was our last stop on the road to Hana, before we reached the town. Well documented with road signs pointing the way. It's down a one lane quarter mile side road from the main road to Hana, but it's easy for vehicles to pull off to the side for oncoming traffic. There are about three different parking lots. You want to drive down to the first parking lot, and then turn left, driving to the farthest parking lot.
Things to bring: swimsuit, towels, raincoat, packed lunch, camera, binoculars, sun screen, hat, mosquito repellent, day pack, and suitable hiking shoes.
The parking lot to the farthest left has the restrooms and about a half dozen picnic tables. We got there at about 11am on a Saturday, and the parking lot was almost full, after a 2.5 hour drive along the road to Hana. I told my wife to go to the restroom first, before the tourist buses arrived. Sure enough once the buses arrived in mass, there was a long line to the women's rest room.
Next we sat down at one of the picnic tables, and started in on our packed lunch meal. The picnic tables are sheltered by the nearby trees from the sun, and surrounded by well maintained grass cover.
This is the northeast corner of Maui, and it gets about 325 inches of rain in the rain forest area on the road to Hana. Temperatures in the low 80s year around. Fortunately for us, it was not raining, and gentle breezes off the ocean cooled things off considerably.
There is a pathway leading to the black sands beach well below near the ocean. Great ocean views from this area, as we are about 50 feet above the beach. In a distance we can see the black lava bridge with a hole underneath. Strong surf, with giant waves crashing against the beach. Not a place to go swimming, but some people were walking in their swim suits on the beach with water flowing over their feet.
There's a path going north which leads to a cave filled with a deep pool of water, and trails leading from there. Go south, and the path leads past the other two parking lots and eventually 3 miles to the ocean front of the city of Hana.
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