Wild Camping on the Road to Hana | Van Life Hawaii Part 2
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Wild Camping on the Road to Hana | Van Life Hawaii Part 2

This week we continue our campervan
adventure around Maui with a whale watching tour, an epic camping spot on
the road to Hana and Kait goes spelunking. So I was thinking with the rain today why don’t we find a spot to work and then we can play tomorrow. pretty awesome sunset
pretty awesome coffee look at the clouds over here I don’t care where do you are in the
world five o’clock in the morning is still early it’s gonna be worth it
I hope so
I can’t wait to see the humpback whales up close in person.
And the sunrise!
oh yeah that too I guess that comes along with getting up
early right?
They don’t call it the sunrise whale watch for nothing. All right, I’m going to make some coffee of course you are
yep Does anyone know what season it is?
for the next two hours you are going to be a part of our active research team
everything that we spot out there is going to go into a database system so we
definitely appreciate your participation For the most part if you see if a flipper, tell the skipper, if you see a spout give a shout and is you see a tail give a hail.
this looks like one of the clearest days so far that we’ve been here quite a few whales out today there’s a
mom and baby whale out here this morning it’s pretty amazing to watch them this
mom is coming down because the water is so clear here so their eyesight is not
the best sense that they have so this clear water down here is an excellent
way for that mom to keep an extra eye on her young
listen to these whales so
while they are down here in the breeding grounds they do sing a song that was incredible it was I couldn’t
have asked for a better whale watching experience and the sunrise tour is
definitely the way to go highlight of my trip to Maui.
It literally was like whale soup out there well let’s see what else Maui has to
All right let’s go! After talkingto all the locals at Maui
they said best bet is to get food at Costco otherwise prepared to pay hurt me
prices I love checking out Costco’s all over
the country because they usually have local items that you don’t find at other
what are these things they’re giant shrimp chips. These are made in Honolulu. Taro and sweet potato chips it’s way too cold and that chiller for
me so Kait’s going inside to grab all the vegetables.
Fridge is fully stocked
what all is in there now? We’ve got broccoli, celery, hummus, locally grown hydroponic butter lettuce and locally grown mushrooms.
And fish.
And we got some Ono which is wahoo so we can do some fish bowls I like it okay all right
let’s get on the road so we’re gonna head to Hana and go to Holly Alcala
National Park but first stop cheapest gas on the island Costco and you can
tell by the lines everyone else knows that you we are on the road to Hana and I think
what we’re gonna try to do is find a campground along the way or place the
park where we can stop because we are getting a bit of a late start today it’s
already 2:00 p.m. and just to get to Hana I think it’s like two two and a
half hours to figure it out just wing it how we like to roll alright let’s see
what the Maui revealed guidebook says about the Hana Highway the first half of the drive is more
tightly enclosed by vegetation so you won’t get too many expansive views a
series of roads and trails lead to Twin Falls people tend to spend too much time
here because it’s the first available Falls you might wait for the nicer less
mopped waterfalls later I say we wait for later sounds good I’m not gonna lie
this road is way a bit fun the bit nerve-racking for me Joe’s having a good
time there are a lot of turns it’s a narrow road we’re just back and forth and there’s a
lot of traffic so I’m very happy he’s driving
van life in a rain forest this Drive reminds me of the time we spent at Costa
Rica quite a bit except these roads are a lot nicer for now don’t jinx them ready for a trail hike in the rainforest
let’s do it it’s amazing how we went from like almost perfectly clear skies
to rainforest in what half an hour 40 minutes mm-hmm if that there are
chickens everywhere a Maui yes it did not expect to find one on this trail in
there it is yeah all right which trail right or left let’s go right we can do
the short loop and do the other one if we want you okay I’m good with that
that’s kind of funny the trees are at work there’s some big ones you don’t go back in here yeah not what I expected on the trail my feet
are going to be covered in mud by the time we’re done I like your choice of
footwear mud cleanup yeah got a few mosquito bites too interesting trail yep
I’ve got mosquito bites all over my leg but worth it
let’s go find a waterfall this time well you said it was a little waterfall right
that’s what the guidebook says but it also rained yesterday so maybe it’s a
little bigger today true I have to say with the lack of cell signal I’m so
happy to have that Maui revealed guide oh that is like the Alaska mile by mile
guide you have to have that thing coming through here or else you’d never know it
was in the forest pretty
thank you so much for driving us you’re very welcome I’ve been enjoying it
although it is a bit a white-knuckle here and there the road to Hana well
worth it yes I feel like there was a call made that
we were like parked here so he said he was coming over to check us out had to
make sure we were okay seemed like a nice guy he could be leading us astray
but I’m willing to go check it out got an awesome camping spot and the
locals thank God for cool locals yes but I will warn you if you come out
to a spot like this don’t camp here unless invited by a local someone
checked on us last night and we dropped the name with our friend who showed us
this spot we were told it was okay but before that they weren’t too happy over
here there are some great waves out there but man I would not want to get
watched into these rocks back on the road to Hana I’m glad we split up the
drive though because yesterday it was very foggy and I don’t know if that was
just the day or it rolls into the evening but this morning it’s much
clearer so we’ll get to see both sides of it so you’re actually going in I’m gonna go
for it it’s 140 feet there’s my light on no get it again there you go okay wish
me luck good luck kate is going spelunking good luck don’t get lost all
right let me go lock up the van I can’t believe I’m actually gonna go into that
thing with Kate I’m not a big fan of caves or tight spots you can actually
stand up once you get in here pretty cool huh we’ll say it is kind of creepy I don’t
like going into random dark holes or coals so I’m going out if it if it’s
like a known cave and their paths and things like that and these are known to
collapse so I’m going out okay see you bye are you going I’m gonna venture a
little further enjoy okay for the most part this cave is pretty easy to get
through just this little opening right here otherwise I can pretty much stand
up the whole time here’s the opening on the other side I’m a little bummed Joe
didn’t come all the way it was a really short hike out to this opening you can
see all the root system really cool experience all right better head back
before Joe gets worried back at the opening
Oh hit my head there careful coming out of this thing I did I was hoping I
wasn’t gonna have to come in there and try to rescue you
it was really cool what I found funny was on our drive up here you’re like oh
there’s a cave ahead these types of caves are known to collapse it was a
cool experience well I’m glad you did thank you I’m glad I did too
yeah really fun I would do check out the black sand beach I am looked gorgeous from the other side what do you think yeah you get your pants wet
I haven’t done it today you don’t mind me I’m just gonna be over a mile couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful
spot to do my daily cheekbone exercise but I suppose we should forge on yeah
continue to Hana it is gorgeous here there are a lot of Jeep Wranglers here
yes there are I think that’s the number one rental car of Maui or the Mustang
it’s gonna be interesting trying to get out of this place all right well I’ll go
out and help the right traffic for you a little bit I’ll say it again yeah baby
Sahara beautiful here it is gorgeous rock formation out there reminds me of
hopewell rocks there is so much to see we probably
could have taken a couple days just to get here yeah do you know what the good
thing you’re not wearing your hat cuz your dome over here needs to get a
little Sun hey I don’t need that much time
I like the mud stripe yep the baby where to the National Park Campground
okay next time we go from sea level to 10,000
feet and watch the sunset from above the clouds thank you guys so much for watching you
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  • John Bruce

    I get my gas right at that place. It would have been interesting to run into you. Though I give people a lot of space, I probably would have said hi. I've lived here basically my whole life so I hardly ever go to the places you visited, except Costco.

  • Stuckinmo Pro

    You missed stopping at Charles Lindbergh’s grave site just south of Hana. He’s buried in the graveyard of a lovely small church. A bit morbid but a beautiful stop.

  • David Powell Media

    I was there in 2016. Road to Hana was beautiful. If you get a chance drive the road on the north side. Can't remember the name but very beautiful.

  • Whoa Nellie RV Adventures

    Great video. Love the whales singing. Communing with the roots of the trees while spelunking was epic. 12:17 A new adventure added to my bucket list. ~ Lucy

  • careaboutnature

    Awesome!! We did The Road to Hana in 1993. This video brought back memories. It makes me want to go back to visit Hawaii again. I am really enjoying these videos. Great job!

  • Ellen Polo

    We took Maui Revealed on our honeymoon 15 years ago! I remember ready that exact same passage about skipping the early waterfalls.

  • Kyle Pifer

    It’s beautiful the whale songs gave me goosebumps. We went to Hana also gorgeous. Went to the cave but I’m with Joe I couldn’t bring myself to go in. We went to the volcano before it’s big eruption 🌋.

  • Barbara Kirchner

    So cool….takes me back to my childhood and many trips to the Islands since……still need to see Maui!!! Can't wait!!!

  • Debbie Fisher

    Cool whales! Brave/crazy Kate for the spelunking. I'm with Joe 😉 Not sure what chi stretch is but it looks relaxing

  • Debi Bolocofsky

    It's great seeing what you are doing. We're going at the end of April, so it is helping me decide what to see. Love your videos.

  • hotelboz

    Aloha, Road to Hana is great – been out to the C Lindbergh grave – beautiful spot. the road past Hana to Lindbergh is Hana Road+

  • Conchita Carter

    Thats a great view! I was hoping Kate has her arms around her husbands waist admiring the great view. I'm so disappointed.

  • vanessa gipson

    The colors are so vibrant and beautiful. What a beautiful shot of Kait!
    I just realized that the captions said you did your daily cheekbone exercises instead of qigong (sp?) Haha

  • Debra Rhymes

    Ive been on that road and it’s no joke! I am blessed to not get car sick. Once we got to Hana the locals were very nice. They were have a local festival and we were invited to join. Very nice folks. Thank you for your videos. Have fun! {Deb}

  • Miles Fong

    Kait didn't expect to see so many chickens and you are married to one. I driven that road and he's braver that he acts.

  • paul 808

    Hello from Honolulu Hawaii I was just over there in Maui about three weeks ago or maybe a spoon for when I consider now in my hideaway spot I love it so much over there can’t wait to go back just wanted to say so good to see you guys again and make sure you

  • Tatiacha

    I'm with Joe on the caves LOL I think they should have never paved the road to Hana when i went down it in 1980 it was a dirt road with lots of potholes and it took all day but that was what was wonderful, no one was in a hurry, and there were not a bunch of "drive by" tourists who not only want to go fast but then whine about it being terrible, let alone now the locals who know every inch of it want to go fast because they are just getting from point A to point B. The immense beauty remains. Those were film days pre-digital and I look many rolls on that road alone.

  • Bob Shaw

    Cheers ! to ya Joe it's 4:25 AM in Florida as I drink my Chase & Sanborn Special Roast coffee w / half n half in it . That was neat hearing the whales singing . The gas line @ COSCO reminded me of decades ago when there were long gas lines here in the US . If it wasn't your day you couldn't get gas . Luckily as a daily commuter for work I never ran out of gas . That road reminds me of the Bear Mountain road (aka the goat trail) from the Annsville Circle , Peekskill , N.Y. up to the Bear Mountain Bridge that goes over the Hudson River . Kait your a brave soul I'm like Joe you wouldn't get me in that cave no way no how LOL !! I've been in a cave @ Mammoth Caves National Park . It was a guided tour is the only reason I went in it with my friend Pat .

  • Marilynn Arnold

    We drove the road to Hana. Didn't make it very far. It was terrifying. Sheer cliffs on one side down to water or boulders of death. Wall of the hillside on the other. Single lane road with TWO way traffic. Vehicles could come at you from around a bend and you would just be head on. We turned back. I would never do that again. There were some beautiful views in what we did see of it. There is apparently a modern road that can be taken that makes the journey longer. I would do that if I go back. The prices at the grocery store was staggering.

  • Jake Weisenberg

    I still have my Hana hi way shirt 200 hairpin turns, etc it Was quite an experience
    Enjoy the rest of your trip..wish I was there…maybe I will now get
    A tee-shirt I survived the “bomb cyclone” that just hit us in Colorado.
    Best wishes Jake from Aurora,co.

  • JoAnn Hutt

    Hawaii – a place I've always wanted to visit or go to on a l-o-n-g vacation! For many,many years (probably since I was 12 or 14 yrs. old and I'm 68 now) I've almost "yearned" to go there but due to not ever being able to afford to go and now illness and disability, I'll never see the beauty & wonder of all Hawaii has to offer.
    I hope you both are enjoying each & every day you're there and seeing as much of Maui (and/or anywhere else you may be planning to go) as possible! Have you been to Maui Ocean Center (the largest aquarium in Hawaii),yet? I'll bet that particular aquarium is an amazing & outstanding thing to see & experience!

  • BrendaWNY nothanks

    Very beautiful. I haven't been to Maui since the 80s. I love how honest Joe is about not venturing into the cave.

  • Rocki5pr

    Interesting video!!!! Have to say though, there's something fundamentally wrong with the author of "Take Risks" not wanting to step out of his comfort zone to explore a cave with his wife …

  • Lillian Z Ybarra

    Just as beautiful as I remember, are you going to Halleakelaka , it's beautiful view above the clouds in the sky

  • Classics Customs and Hot Rods of Perth

    Joe, caves are cool. We have an expression here. Big Girls Blouse, for someone like that. Seriously though, whale watching is big business in Australia, as the humpbacks migrate up and down our coastline. And one thing we have in Western Australia is, plenty of coastline.

  • james rudman

    We used to ride our boogie boards down the aqueducts back in the eighties. So many hidden treasures. Favorite hike, straight up the ridge on the Pali road. Only place on the west side that you can day hike and see the big island. (Usually shrouded in clouds at lower elevations)

  • cindy & Larry Aloha

    Aloha Kait and Joe;
    Ahh yes the road to Hana so beautiful, the curvy road, the steep drop offs, the sacred waterfalls and of course the 56 one lane bridges. You guys we’re lucky there was no landslides or you might of had to extend your trip🌝
    The road to Ha’ena is still under repair here and has been since the landslides last April ☹️, Hawaiian time no need rush.
    We weren’t sure you guys saw our second post about 2 good friends on Kauai, but Kait I forgot to mention we have a lot of Qi Gong enthusiasts here as well. I had the pleasure of having a private consultation with Grand Master Hong Liu at the natural healing research foundation Qi center, he is truly amazing and so worth going too! Priceless. Our basic eight has turned into the golden eight and always the one you were doing whenever I wanna 😍.
    Joe flip flops hiking on wet snotty ground is not recommended 😂, also some citronella plant spray would help with mosquitoes, aptly named Buzz Away.
    We just had an air compressor added to the Beast and ordered some new screens. He’s just about ready for first off road adventure 🤣

    Have fun hope to cya soon on the Garden Island
    Cindy and Larry Aloha

  • Melissa Boers

    I really like your travel videos. I would love to see more in the future. Thanks for sharing your adventures with us!

  • Leesa Roberts

    That was a very pretty video ! It must be so amazing to be there. Joe, you are brave to be driving on those winding roads !! And Kate, you are brave to go in that cave !! Weren't you afraid of snakes, & espe ially cave ins ?? No one could pay me enough to go in that cave !! You can sure tell you're both having a great time !! Enjoy, & be safe !!🐳🐳🐢🐢

  • Nanette

    Aloha you two, Did you get a chance to purchase a Banana Bread from one of the vendors? Absolutely Delicious. Just curious, no need to answer this. I'm just curious why you cut your hair so short.

  • Jay Young

    Went to Maui a little over a year ago and loved the road to Hana. It was a really fun experience. Can't wait to see your next video as Haleakala (sp?) is beautiful too. I would love to do Maui in a camper van. We stayed at a hotel and had a jeep wrangler rental 🙂

  • doug haseltine

    Isn't that music in the background at the beginning the same that the RV YT channel "Grand Adventure" always uses? Nothing wrong with that, just not unique branding.

  • Judy, Judy, Judy

    It is beautiful, but it does look like a spot for a tsunami! The thing I would like the best about Hawaii….they have NO snakes! That would be a big blessing to me!!!! NOoooooo! Don't do that!!!!!!!!!!!!! Caves are very dangerous! GOSH!!!! Good for Joe!! Gosh Joe, that has to be rough to stand back & let Kait be Kait when it is that (I don't know that scary is the right word) contreversal, maybe iffy of a thing to do?

  • Silver Gobbler

    Too bad I didn't know you were going to drive to Hana. I would have warned you not too! Turn after Sharp turn after another, and it never ends! Also, the 7 sacred pools are not what I would call sacred anymore. When I was there it was crowded, kids all over peeing in the water. More like the 7 dessicrated pools!
    But have fun!

  • J. Patrick Moore

    Joe was so very human when he decided to get out of the cave; thanks for sharing that moment with us.

    Ok Joe, it's been almost 30 years since I drank regular coffee, gave it up because I don't like the physiological effects of caffeine in my body. However, "back in the day," my favorites were Sumatra Blue Lintong (one year it was almost spicy), Mexican Altura Pluma, and my favorite personal blend, an Arabian Mocha blended with Celebes Kalosi.I hope you got some straight Kona while you were there, as well as some of the other coffees being grown in the islands. On my first visit to Hawaii, the first stop was Costco; my wife thought I was crazy, but quickly figured out that I wasn't. It was a great place to pick up Macadamia Nuts to take back home for co-workers, got that out of the way first thing and a good price for a case of them.

  • BJ Martin

    Try some of those stinky fish jerky. Ew, nasty. Yeah, normally locals are very aggressive on tourist in secret local spots. Even the kids. Be careful.

  • Kriss Sto

    Guys, nice video, but no gym shoes? 😟 That's taking a chance. I've sprained and broke my foot, so I've learned my lesson. Please be careful.

  • Ericka Snowden

    Hi! Great video! Just curious if there were destinations or roads you couldn't navigate with you camper van in Maui? I'm debating between the camper van and roughing it more with a 4×4 truck and tent.

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