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4265Re: [Hammock Camping] Re: haning my Hammock in Hawaii

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  • Thomas
    Dec 23, 2003

      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.

      Pura Vida

      > 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.
      > Aloha,
      > Brandon in Honolulu
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