4265Re: [Hammock Camping] Re: haning my Hammock in Hawaii
- Dec 23, 2003Brandon,
Thanks for the advise. I'm planning to play things by ear and I imagine
I will have way to many things to do and way to few hours to accomplish
this. I would love to hike about for several days but I doubt this will
be possible. We will see.
Yes I'm planning to stay put because I don't want to spend to much time
stuck in a plane. But we will see.
I have great respect for the ocean. I have been surfing and kayaking
for many years and find fewer things more amazing than combining those
tow. I will be carful and always aproach the ocean with respect but I'm
looking forward to big waves and the conditions that Hawaii offers. I
have been dreaming of surfing Hawaii for a long time. I am very excited
about this opportunity.
Again thanks for the advice and I'll talk to everybody when I get home.
> You don't say whether you intend to spend your entire stay on Maui,
> but, since you only have a week, that's what I'd recommend. There is
> no way at all that you could be bored during a week on Maui (nor on
> Kaua`i, the Big Island, O`ahu...).
> You can spend a night in the forest, for sure. For simple but
> picturesque and satisfying exploring, you cannot beat stopping almost
> anywhere along the road from Kahului to Hana and heading up one
> streambed or another. You'll get the idea once you're there. The
> spots that are easy to get to may be crowded with tourists, but if
> you just walk another 100', you'll probably have any place all to
> yourself, with plenty of waterfalls and jungle vegetation.
> I'm not a kayaker, but there should be opportunities on Maui. Just
> play it safe. The ocean here should be approached with caution, just
> as the mountains should.
> The premier hike on Maui is across Haleakala Crater, in the National
> Park. This is usually done as a 3-4 day trip, across by one route and
> back by another, though it's possible to cross and exit via Kaupo
> Gap, if you can arrange transportation. Or, you could visit the
> summit and then hang your hammock in the free campground at Hosmer
> Grove, near the park entrance. It'll be very cold there, though, at
> about 7,000 ft.
> There are great beaches all over Maui. Keep in mind that the dry side
> of the island is the Leeward Side (i.e., sort of the SW side).
> There are charming towns all over the island and lots of out-of-the-
> way places. Visiting Makawao and driving around the adjacent roads is
> a treat, for example. There are numerous settlements on the way to
> Hana and beyond, sometimes down dirt roads off the main highway. Paia
> is a funky sort of surfer/neo-hippy/former plantation town with a
> great natural food store (Mana Foods). The west side of West Maui is
> pretty, but highly impacted by large tourist developments, as is the
> Kihei/Makena strip. You'll land in Kahului, but the conjoined town of
> Wailuku is older and has a nicely patinaed downtown.
> For anyone on this list, though, satisfaction should be available
> anywhere you can find two trees, whether along the coast, up on the
> slopes of Haleakala or anywhere in between.
> Brandon in Honolulu
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