#CatTravels: Hello, Hana

I was born and raised on Oahu and spent many weekends on Maui — and not once did I venture down the winding Road to Hana.

It never really crossed my mind, to be honest.

For starters, I get carsick. And I had heard the horror stories of the 52-mile drive from Kahului to the relatively untouched town on the island’s eastern shoreline.

And secondly, I didn’t know much about the tiny town, home to fewer than 1,500 people.

But the more I talked to people who had been there, the more I wanted to see it for myself. The rugged coastline, the unspoiled beauty, the friendly people, the banana bread at every turn in the curvy Hana Highway.

Not to mention, the old Hotel Hana Maui had been transformed into a new concept hotel called Travassa Hana, which offered experiences instead of just accommodations. (And the Spa at Travaasa Hana earned the top spot in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2012 spa poll.)

For all of those reasons — and I found out I had family living there — I decided it was finally time to make the trek to Hana.

So here’s what I found when I got there:

Walking around Travaasa

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The grounds of the Travaasa Hana are gorgeous, taking advantage of the area's natural beauty. Here's a sitting area outside the restaurant. I mean, how can you NOT relax here?

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12 Responses to “#CatTravels: Hello, Hana”

  1. Cody Zamboni June 4, 2012 at 12:06 am #

    thanks for sharing your Hana vacation fotos
    especially the yummy fuud fotos

  2. David Jackson June 4, 2012 at 2:36 am #

    It would be hard not to want to eat there, the food looks incredible. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Annoddah Dave June 4, 2012 at 6:51 am #

    CAT: Aaaiiiyyyaaahhh! Fuud Pix! Tenks! I may have to go to that spa just to recoup from the drive!

  4. 808pooh June 4, 2012 at 7:36 am #

    sounds like you had a very relaxing week in maui. Great pictures and looks like you both had a wonderful adventure. But now the fun is all done with and back to the hectic honolulu and your everyday life.

    • Catherine Toth June 4, 2012 at 10:27 am #

      There’s more to come! Later tonight!

      And yeah, but I don’t mind the hectic pace of Honolulu, either. It’s home!

  5. M June 4, 2012 at 8:53 am #

    Hello Cat, thank you for the tour of Hana and the hotel.

  6. Miss Em June 4, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    Wow, if you didn’t get motion sickness, then maybe there is hope for me. I’ve gotten sick even when I’m the driver. I love Maui too.

    • Catherine Toth June 4, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

      Wow, really? That’s rough. The road was paved, so I think that helped. :)

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