Sunday, September 9, 2012
Finally Found Hana
After another early morning I decided to give Hana another try. I am glad I did. This time I had a map in hand and headed down the right road (making the correct turn makes all the difference). As I started out I noticed tons of cars parked on the side of the road, it was a Hana Relay Race. There were tons of teams dressed in hilarious running outfits, ie Runaway Bride, Beer Run. My first stop was at the side of cliff to watch the surfers and eat my morning yogurt. I made all the right stops for the beautiful photo ops. The road reminded me a lot of Kaui. After a couple hours, (it takes 15 minutes just to go 5 miles) I made it to the end and was rewarded with a beautiful beach with black sand. I took a swim and hiked around looking at the lava tubes and caves. After taking a couple dips in the ocean I headed back down. On the way down I stopped at Mama's Fish House which I read a lot about in the guide books. I was a little intimidated at first when I saw that they had free valet parking. By the name of the place I envisioned a casual place where I ate fried fish in baskets. This was super fancy, I sat at the bar and ordered an delicious appetizer and salad. When I got the bill I noticed I was over charged, so I pointed it out to the bar tender. They were very apologetic and comped my beer, YEAH! After lunch I lounged on the gorgeous beach by the restaurant and then headed back to my room. What a long day, after taking a shower and eating a granola bar I was tired and asleep by 8:30 again.