After the perfect week on Oahu, we flew to Maui. Oahu was awesome, but Maui blew me away.
We stayed in a little cabin on the Road to Hana. It was perfect for us, but next time, perhaps, we'll stay upcountry to avoid the bugs.
The first night we were there, we drove up to Haleakalā to catch the sunset. It was a total spur of the moment decision, but one we didn't regret in the slightest. We found a part about 9,000 feet up that gave us the perfect view of the sunset.
We stood there, clicking away on our cameras as the sun just dropped below the clouds. It was an incredible moment. (It was also freezing! The temperature dropped to 40* on that mountain and I was incredibly unprepared and wearing shorts!)
The next day we drove the road to Hana which was as awesome as everyone states.
Beach after beach...
Waterfall after waterfall.
And surprisingly, a lot of rocky beaches, in addition to the smooth, sandy ones.
When we drove around the backside of the volcano, we were greeted with long winding roads, and green pastures.
The last day we were there, we drove up to the top of Haleakalā. It was cloudy, but as the clouds moved, you could catch the colors of the volcano. Sadly, it never really cleared up, but the view was still breathtaking.
Before we headed to the airport, we stopped at one final beach just to see the sunset. There were surfers out catching the waves, and we spotted a bunch of sea turtles, popping their heads out of the water. The surf was gorgeous, as was the sunset in the background. With each click of our cameras, the sun got lower and richer in color.
Hawaii was a gorgeous experience and I already cannot wait to travel back. Until then, I'll be drooling over these pictures as a reminder of a perfect vacation. :)