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The Road to Hana - Maui, Hawaii
The Road to Hana - Maui, Hawaii
Published by CRASH

We have been talking about it for a few years, going to Hawaii. Several of our family and friends have gone recently and come back with great stories, pictures and most of all, relaxed. My daughter is going to be out of high school in a couple of years so if we wanted to do this as a family, we needed to do it soon. So, during Christmas 2004, I did the research and found us a good deal at the Hyatt (where EVERYONE said we needed to stay on Maui) and booked the trip. I showed my wife the itinerary and she said it looked like a good deal when we were ready to do it. Told her she better get ready quick, we were going in June, it was already booked.

We chose Maui because it was recommended as one of the more beautiful islands, the resort we were staying at was highly recommended, it has a rain forest, and I heard it had a nice road. The only thing we planned before we left was my rental of a Harley Road King so I could ride the "beautiful, but DANGEROUS" Road to Hana.

My wife used to work for a company named Hana, so had some weird obsession to go to this place. I booked my bike in January with Hawaiian Riders (don't look them up, their web site is still there, they are not -- more on that later). While there are lots of stories about our trip, I will focus on our Monday event, the Ride to Hana. My son and I were going to ride while my wife and daughter followed behind in the car. It would also give Erik an out if the ride was too much for him (or too boring). This would prove to be useful.

A couple days before I was going to ride, I drove by the rental shop to make sure I knew where it was ... it was dark and empty. Hmmm, not a good sign. So the next day I called Hawaiian Riders to check on where to pick up the bike and the phone was answered, "Island Riders". Did I make a mistake? I asked if I had the right number and was told Hawaiian Riders had gone out of business in May. They had the number changed over and would honor the reservations. He checked and, while he did not know about my reservation, he had a bike for me anyway. And it was about $20 less than I had been quoted for the day. Dodged the bullet, but, really, there were enough places to rent a bike. I could have found another one I am sure. What did surprise me is that with all the bike rental places, I saw VERY few bikes on the road and not a single one on the Road to Hana.

We left the hotel and headed up to Island Riders just before 9am. When I picked up the bike, I talked with the slightly hyper ex-Livermore resident that runs the place about where I wanted to ride. This is the only guy that didn't try to tell me it was dangerous. He said, “If you like Hwy 1 in Nor Cal, you will love this road. Just beware of the locals, some of them think it is a race track.”

Got the bike and a couple of helmets for me and Erik. Interesting tidbit… while there is no helmet law in Hawaii, there is an EYE PROTECTION law. As the guy at the rental shop said, "You can ride butt naked if you want, but you better have eye protection."

He told me I really would not need a helmet and I told him I certainly hoped I would not need one, but I would be wearing one just the same. Part of my conversation with the rental guy was how long I should need. He said, "I will book you for the day. If you don't bring it back until tomorrow morning, no problem. You are going to need the day." Now, understand, this is about an 82-mile trip, each way. I asked when they closed and he said 6pm. I had to be back by then since I was leaving at 6am the next day to go snorkeling.
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By motowriter on 07-11-2005, 08:24 PM
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A note from the Editor:

In April this year, Dan (aka Crash) posted the tale of the certified Saddle Sore 1,000 Ironbutt ride he completed with his son Erik as passenger. I have been on the look-out for a follow-up submission by this die-hard rider and enthusiastic writer ever since. The suspense ended last week when Dan submitted a ride report from a location not accessible via California roads: Maui, Hawaii. The “Road to Hana” offered a number of challenges to Dan, and to Erik, Dan’s riding companion once again – at least for some of the ride.

Dan has been riding for 32 years, progressing up from enduro to sport-bike to tourer to large displacement cruiser. A Pashnit Moto Roads reader since acquiring his latest ride, Dan joined the forums in the early days, when the site provided a refuge for the devoted rider from winter riding conditions.

I’m certain you’ll enjoy this read, and view Dan’s photos as I did, with a mixture of envy and awe. Thanks for sharing this excellent trip report with the Pashnit community, Dan!
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By Orson on 07-11-2005, 08:43 PM
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Great photos. I've never been to Hawaii. I'd love to ride and a Harley seems like a good way to slow down and take in the sights.

Thanks for posting
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By badsifu on 07-11-2005, 08:55 PM
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I have been to Maui several times. I have a lot of friends that live on the island. It is more of a joke at this point. They came up to Lake County to visit me. We went up Mt. St. Helena and they said "Hey live in Hana?" The "Road to Hana" is a destination in itself. Don't expect much when you get to Hana. Pretty road though.
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By kimber99 on 07-11-2005, 08:58 PM
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Hmmmmm. One more option to seriously consider for my wife's and my 5th anniversary vacation next year. What a great place to ride! Nice story and pix!!! Thanks, Dan.
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By Toyuzu on 07-12-2005, 11:11 PM
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Dan, thanks for sharing your latest vacation!

You and I will have a lot to talk about at the gathering....Hurry up getting that beast back in form, will ya?
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By bustermo on 02-06-2009, 08:38 AM
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The Road to Hana on bike is the best way (road very narrow) Take your wife to the 7 Sacred Pools pack a lunch! It is a little hike back to the pools but well worth it. It will soothe your butt!
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By Catenaccio on 02-06-2009, 04:31 PM
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Been there, done that, worth every cent!
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By Alfie Cuaresma on 02-07-2009, 05:22 PM
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Those furry little creatures are Mongoose.
Hey Pashnit members. Coming to Maui? Drop me a line we'll go for a ride. Coming to visit check out our business web site for accomodations and things to do on Maui. is a concierge service we provide to our visitors coming to Maui.
A Hui Ho,
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By Old Surf Dog on 02-08-2009, 07:32 AM
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Drove that road last year, which was probably better since it was pouring rain. It's very beautiful. Didn't get to swim in the 7 pools though it would have been more like a mud bath with all the water comming down. My good friend has retired to Paia from So Cal and is bugging me to come for a visit. It will be nice to have a place to stay for free! I plan on renting some bikes when I get there and this time I'm going to ride up to Haleakala.
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