Maui’s abundance of microclimates assured us of unexpected changes in weather. Kamaole Beach was sunny and warm when we left for the Garden of Eden along the Hana Highway. It was still sunny when we arrived.
After being greeted by several feathered members of the welcoming committee, we just had time for a very quick lunch as we watched the clouds roll in. We dashed to a nearby shelter to wait out the heaviest rain. Once it changed to a light shower we enjoyed traversing the trails thanks to our rain jackets.
The garden averages 150 inches of rain per year. Some pathways may be slippery. You are advised to be reasonably cautious for your own safety.
Travel Light Humor
Mustangs are very popular cars on the island among those newlywed honeymooners. Perhaps there’s something romantic about a sports car skimming along the island shorelines.
The Road to Hana is famous for its dizzying tight turns and numerous bridges. Some t-shirts around the island bragged, I survived the Road to Hana. We took our lives into our hands when we paused along the road to photograph rainbow trees and waterfalls. A white mustang managed to miss us as it sped past. It raced up the hill and around a sharp curve. Bang!
I thought for certain there had been an accident, but when we arrived at the blind turn there was only a small scrape on the road.
In the Garden of Eden several tourists were parked near a large shelter at the head of some of the garden’s steepest trails. As a young couple drove their mustang slowly past the parking area, the driver failed to realize the limits of his low-slung sports car. He high-centered at the top of another steep road.
Amused tourists came to their aide and pushed the mustang out of its predicament. Slightly embarrassed, but grateful, the groom waved his thanks. I wonder what his bride thought of her hubby’s driving skills.
Travel Tips for the Garden of Eden
• 808-572-9899; 10600 Hana Highway
• Open 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; $15 per person
• Plan an early visit to avoid crowded roads.
• Pack your own drinks and snacks.
None are available at the garden.
• Restrooms are available.
• Rain Shelters are available.
Bring a rain jacket anyway.
• Wear shoes with non-slip soles.
• Take preventative measures for carsickness.
• Drive carefully on Hana Highway.
Beware of Blind Turns.
• Drive carefully within the garden, too.
Notice the t-shirt map with its swiggly lines. Notice the opportunity for carsickness? What precautions work best to combat carsickness for you? Tell me in the comments below.
Until next time . . . Travel Light,
© 2018 SuZan Klassen