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Posted on 04-26-2015

A TRIP TO TWIN FALLS 

Little road trips are among the most fun things to do here on Maui. Whether it's a drive up North or a fun day in Hana, I love finding new ways to explore our island.

So how about a trip to TWIN FALLS?

            It's best to be on the road early...or just after commuter traffic. If you're in Wailea or Kihei, head from the Southside down the Pi'ilani Highway, passing the subdivisions of Kihei, and on to the cross-island road (311 - Mokulele Highway) that leads past miles of sugar cane. Passing through Kahului,  turn right at Dairy Road, then right on the Hana Highway. Soon you'll pass Baldwin Beach and move slowly into Paia behind the traffic bottleneck, emerging on the other side. Paia's a great stop for eating or shopping...but maybe on the way back.

            Just outside of Paia, don't forget to stop for a few minutes to watch surfers and take photos at Ho'okipa, windsurfing capitol of the world. Wind is usually better at the west end and surf better on the east side. For bystanders and photographers...it's all there. Pull off at the Lookout, and enjoy a little fresh coconut juice while watching the surfers.

            Back on the highway in about five miles you'll pass a sign that says you're officially on the road to Hana. Then in about five more miles, you'll see a small hand-painted plaque on the right that announces:  'Twin Falls." The land is a family-owned, bio-diverse farm - Wailele Farm, so please respect the aina, stay on the paths, and carry out your trash.

            You can park just adjacent to the small farm stand and souvenir hut. Hiking up to the falls (stay to the left at the intersection) only takes about fifteen minutes and is a comfortable walk for the whole family. When you arrive you'll know why this landmark is on every tourist's map. What's lovelier than a waterfall?

            Stay. Enjoy. Rejuvenate.

            Take photos.

            There's a great stop on the way back - another pool, which is much larger with various levels of rock encircling it and a rope swing on the far side. It will be on your right, heading back to the parking lot.

            Don't forget to pick up some fresh tropical fruits at the farm stand for the trip home...or on to Hana.

What are your favorite Maui road trips?

With Passion and Purpose,

Dr. Katie

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