Road to Hana
 

Road to Hana

Along the north edge of the western part of Maui goes Highway 360. It goes all the way to the southwest corner of Maui, but its spiritual destination is the town of Hana, situated on the east edge of the island.

The road from Kahului Airport to Hana has 500 curves, which probably is an undercount by at least 200%, or only counting switchbacks. Rain and lava flows have carved a coastline that mostly resembles a fractal line, and the highway follows every wrinkle in it.

2006-04-16 08:52

Highway 360, USA Grand Tour 2006

Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
A: It didn't. But it would have been better off if it had. It just ran around aimlessly on one side, getting in everybody's way and was nearly run over by at least two cars.

These are everywhere. You see them running around in the streets, and even here, about ten miles from the nearest town, you find them.

The kind of road you get to drive. It doesn't get any straighter than this for fifteen miles in each direction.

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Highway 360, USA Grand Tour 2006

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Highway 360, USA Grand Tour 2006

The road follows the coastline more or less exactly, as can be seen here.

Lush valleys fill the seaside view.

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Highway 360, USA Grand Tour 2006

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Highway 360, USA Grand Tour 2006

As you stop and hike into each valley you're bound to find the stream that originally carved out the valley. This photo was taken after a light rain, during heavy rain the stream increases in size by a magnitude.

A larger stream during light rain.

2006-04-16 10:45

Highway 360, USA Grand Tour 2006

2006-04-16 10:47

Highway 360, USA Grand Tour 2006

Close up of the waterfall.

One of the innumerable one-lane bridges on Highway 360.

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Highway 360, USA Grand Tour 2006

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Highway 360, USA Grand Tour 2006

Kaihalulu bay, a red sand beach.

Kaihalulu bay looking southwest.

2006-04-16 12:39

Highway 360, USA Grand Tour 2006