A Day Without Rain
The previous night’s weather report said that it would be partly cloudy in the morning on the north side of Maui, which could make for a nice sunrise. Our destination was where we went on our first day on Maui. This meant driving the winding Kahekili Highway in the dark and also trying to find the same spot on the cliff of the coast in the dark. We found it without a problem. While there were clouds on the horizon at sunrise, we were still treated to nice color shortly after the sun came up and got above some of the clouds.
Kahakuloa Head at Sunrise
After breakfast, we ventured to Iao Valley State Monument in central Maui. It was here in 1790 at the Battle of Kepaniwai that King Kamehameha I clashed with Maui's army in his quest to unite the islands. The feature of the park is the 1,200-foot Iao Needle, a rock outcropping covered in lush vegetation. In addition to the needle, there are steep mountains covered in green that form the Iao Valley and surround the Iao Stream.
Iao Needle Steep Mountains in Iao Valley State Monument
We drove south from Iao Valley to just south of Makena State Park (where hundreds of cars were parked) and south of Wailea to a place called the Secret Cove. With no official signs for it, you have to know where you’re going. After walking a couple hundred yards, the path opens up to a beach with lots of shade on one side, where about a dozen people were lounging around. We kept walking toward the crystal clear water and out a rocky point to look down the coast. What a beautiful beach. We were surprised it could remain such a secret.
Looking north along the beach at the Secret Cove
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