Aside from visiting Hana another reason we wanted to drive the road to Hana was to continue past Hana to a place called O’heo Gulch or Seven Sacred Pools. The road to Hana is known as a crazy drive along a seemingly endless windy road through dense rainforest with more than 60 one lane bridges and many narrow sections; but let me tell you, the road to Hana doesn’t shake a stick at how treacherous the road from Hana to the Gulch is. The road is one lane wide the entire way with completely blind corners and sheer cliffs off one side and steep rock wall on the other. We had heard that honking your horn prior to going around the corners was the best way of warning others that you were coming; that would’ve been fine but the car company had disabled our horn because honking in Hawaii is considered rude. I’m totally not exaggerating when I say I was scared for my life! Having said that, it was definitely worth the white knuckle ride once we arrived.
There are more than seven pools (in fact there are over 20) which receive heavy amounts of rain water from the back slopes of Haleakala. The pools flow from one to another interconnected by small waterfalls and the bottom one empties directly into the ocean. We truly lucked out with beautiful weather, while our friends had made the trip a couple days prior and had been caught in a torrential downpour which lasted a full hour. Weather on this side of the island is very unpredictable and can change within minutes. As a result of heavy rain and high water levels from previous days we weren’t allowed to swim in the pools as you could easily be swept out to sea. Instead, we wandered around the park and stood in awe of how beautiful it was. I was astonished at the size of the waves; they were the biggest I’ve ever seen! My husband absolutely loved it and said that he’d discovered his favorite place on earth!
Similar to my last post, there are a ton of photos of this beautiful area! I hope you enjoy them!
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