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Maui Hana Tours – Road to Hana

by tr on June 8, 2012

If you want to explore Maui’s  remote Road to Hana in style, comfort and luxury, Temptation Tours’ Hana Picnic – Rainforest Discovery is the ONLY way to travel. With Temptation Tours you won’t miss a minute of East Maui’s true natural beauty as you comfortably relax in leather captain’s chair and enjoy a panoramic view from all seats through crystal-clean supersized windows.

After picking us up guests at our hotel around 7am in one of their 17 custom-built Limo-Vans, our first stop on this excursion was at Ho’okipa, the world-famous surfing and wind-surfing beach just east of Paia on the north shore, for coffee and pastry.
While sipping coffee, watching surfers and seeing tourists climb in and out of all the tour buses that stopped, it became obvious that ours was the 1st-class Hana Tour. With just 7 guests in our custom Limo-Van, it was clear that this is the only way to explore the spectacular Hana Coast and navigate the 617 curves and 54 one-lane bridges on the Road to Hana.

Custom-built Ford van with leather captains chairs crystal-clean supersized windowss

Along the Road to Hana

Soon we were headed east over lava seacliffs studded with exotic tropical flora,  through glistening gulches with cascading waterfalls, peering down on emerald green valleys dotted with vibrant red tropical flowers on the backdrop of the serene, blue Pacific.

Tempation Tours leaves it up to the tour guide-drivers to choose where they stop  rather than reading from a script like most other tours require. Our guide Wayne (called “Pono” because there are 3 Waynes with the company) was extremely knowledgeable about Maui and Hawaiian culture. His gentle narrative radiated his love and respect for the land and its people

We learned about the Polynesians migrations that peopled the Hawaiian Islands centuries ago, Captain Cook’s arrival in 1878 and subsequent westerners who came and changed the Hawaiian culture, Kamemeha the Great’s wars  to unify the islands, the missionaries, the whalers, the Great Mahele, pigs and chickens and red jungle fowl; pineapple, sugar cane, and kalo; politics, poi and the educational system.

We stopped at waterfalls, restrooms and panoramic views for sightseeing and photos along the way, then drove out to Kaenae Peninusula, about half way to Hana, for an extended exploration of the old church.

We lunched at Waianapanapa State Park just before Hana, where Wayne spread a white tablecloth over out picnic table and added ccloth napkins and silverware. He served Teriyaki chicken, grilled Ono fish, pineapple coleslaw, rolls, corn, chocolate chip cookies and drinks. After we were full, those who felt like took an ocean swim at the black sand beach while others explored water-filled caverns along one of the many the trails.

Hana Tropicals Nursery

Hana Tropicals is a new sightseeing addition that captures the essence of vibrant tropical exotic color, the rare beauty of pastel orchids and the sweet fragrance of ginger, on 420 acres, in the heart of Hana’s rainforest. Owners Krista and Ian lovingly tend and operate this florist and plant nursery. Orchids and anthuriums thrive in a shade house protected by Hawaiian kukui trees and coconut palms. After explaining a bit about the items in the nursery, Krista gave the three women on our tour bouquets of tropical flowers before leaving.

Before long we were headed back the way we came, stopping occassionally at waterfalls, panoramas, roadside stands and restrooms before arriving back in Paia about 5pm If you want a  relaxing, pleasurable, personalized sightseeing adventure on the Hana Road, this is the tour for you.  Temptation Tours began in 1986 when its owners created a vehicle that shows off the Hana road, provides great comfort to guests and is in harmony with the environment. Out of this desire to do it right, the custom-built Limo-Van was born. Pono, by the way, is Hawaiian for “righteous” or “excellent.”



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meriben2 March 11, 2013 at 5:11 pm

It’s hard to find knowledgeable people on this topic, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks for sharing this with others.

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