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The Back Side of Haleakala (Kipahulu to Ulupalakua)

Posted on 29. Mar, 2014 by .

Much of the road is a lumpy, bumpy patchwork asphalt strip less than two cars wide.

Much of the road is a lumpy, bumpy, narrow patchwork of asphalt laid down over years, one shovel at a time.

Rating: ★★★★☆

In a nutshell: If you like the road less traveled, continuing on past Hana around Haleakala is an adventure worth taking. In about the same amount of time as it would take you to go back the way you came, you can see a side of Maui most are persuaded to miss.
Minuses: The road becomes rough for portions and rental car companies say “you’re on your own.”

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Memorable Things To Do On Maui – (#41-50)

Posted on 03. Mar, 2011 by .

A Na'ili'ili haele waterfall

A Na'ili'ili haele Haele hike waterfall

41. Swim under a waterfall
What tropical fantasy doesn’t include this scene? There are loads of spectacular waterfalls with pools along the North Shore and Road to Hana. The Waterfalls category will show you our favorites.

42. Watch world-class surfers at Jaws
Jaws is a huge tow-in surf break on the North Shore of Maui that sports the worlds largest surfable waves.
Jaws Page

43. Sip Mai Tai’s on the beach
No instructions needs for this one. 😉
(Note: Consumption of alcohol on most …

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Should I Stay on Maui’s North Shore?

Posted on 19. Jun, 2012 by .

Baby Beach (North Shore)

Baby Beach (North Shore)

Do any of these describe you?

– Usually active on vacation
– Plan on seeing it all
– Love hiking, waterfalls & adventure
– Prefer being closer to nature
– Seek authenticity in travel
– Plan lots of surfing/windsurf/kiteboard
– Escape touristy hustle and bustle
– Enjoy experiencing how people are living alternative/green/natural lifestyles
– Like to get away from it all – but still be close enough to drive back in

Maui’s North Shore is less developed, less crowded, has cooler days, and is …

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Keokea through Ulupalakua

Posted on 30. Mar, 2014 by .

Tedeschi Winery tasting room

Tedeschi Winery tasting room

Rating: ★★★★½

In a nutshell: A hearty breakfast or lunch, then off for scenic vistas, and wine tasting.
Minuses: The road in Ulupalakua is unforgiving if you become over-enthusiastic during the wine tasting!
Sound-bite: “They should call this ‘Paniolo soul food’, brah!”

This is a good side-trip to take after a Haleakala Crater sunrise trip, or during a planned Upcountry exploration day. If you take the back side of Haleakala to return from Hana, you will pass through starting in Ulupalakua. However I suggest that visitors …

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