Legend has it, the river still runs red with the blood of the fallen warriors during the darkest hours of the night! The individual islands of Hawai'i were once kingdoms, a great battle saw the unification under King Kamehameha. You can read more about the site itself and what it means to local people here at this link .
While I've been preparing for my own family visit to Hawaii next year at Christmas ( you can join us, ask me how ), I've been doing an awful lot of digging into some of the nuance and depth of what it means to really visit Hawaii. Our plans include a cruise to get to know a few destinations throughout the islands, but there are overnight stops in Maui and Kauai to really explore the local areas. I already know we'll be back again in years to come, the place just looks too beautiful and our clients who've enjoyed a stay really rave about their experiences. But while I enjoy lush greenery and any cuisine with a heavy Asian influence, my own understanding of Hawaiian culture has been rather spotty. Who doesn't have a kooky family friend from childhood with a grass-skirted hula girl on their car's dashboard? It is all the more interesting then to learn how earlier civilizations overcame something as fundamental as storytelling where there wasn't a reliable source of paper or means to simply write things down! Some Eurasian cultures had poetry, think of Ancient Greece or Persia, it's really interesting to think that a people's history could be shared through dance. Have any tips for us while we continue our intense planning?
Congestion at the summit of Haleakala has increased during the last few years, in order to better preserve the area and to maintain safety of all guests the Haleakala National Park administration has introduced an advanced reservations process for those arriving in a personal or rental vehicle. While the fee remains nominal, the process itself should help alleviate some of the congestion. The site is only rated for 150 vehicle, a fair number to begin. It should only (at this time) affect arrivals between 3-7AM. Tickets can be arranged through the National Parks site roughly 60 days in advance of your planned arrival, a second opportunity may exist in last-minute openings. The registration is set to be in addition to fees for a vehicle and only designed to better moderate traffic conditions at the top!