The Secret, Slow Hawaii

October 12, 2012 | By | Comments (4)
Hana, Hawaii

Photographs by Thomas J. Story

Slow food. Yes. Slow travel? Please. Let’s try to do more of that.

Lately, in my travels, I’ve been noticing that wherever I go, there everyone is. Fully booked hotels, crowded Starbucks, mobile phones, WiFi. If anyone is going to successfully promote long, slow travel, it’ll be out here, where we keep it real. I mean, just 40 miles north of tech savvy San Francisco in Point Reyes, most iPhones turn into full-time cameras. Forget reliable cell service. And, frankly, I don’t want it. Find a restaurant without relying on Yelp? I think I can do it.

Another gem is Travaasa Hana Maui, where the nearly 3-hour road trip to the hotel in eastern Maui, in Hana, keeps the crowds away. It keeps it real. And the journey on the road slows you down.

Hana hotel


Does anyone remember that this is why we travel? To explore other cultures, other places and ourselves, without distraction.


Hana hammock

 Hotel Hana Maui, aka Travaasa Hana - Maui, HI


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  2. Kay

    Three days at Travaasa left me in the most relaxed state I’d been in in probably 20 years. And the road to Hana??? Nothing in comparison to driving there along the southern coast; simply the most magnificent, other-worldly drive we have ever done!

    March 11, 2014 at 6:45 pm
  3. Janice Welsh

    I live on Maui and the ride to Hana is about the journey– gorgeous all the way with Hamoa Beach at the end where the water is swimming pool clear and the waves are wonderful!

    January 4, 2013 at 6:58 pm
  4. road to hana tour

    You make a good point about why we travel. “To explore other cultures, other places and ourselves, without distraction.” We find that the best way to experience the road to Hana on Maui is with as few distractions as possible while being immersed in the history and culture of the island. Other drivers, the winding highway and the single lane sections are distractions that definitely take away from the experience of really enjoying the scenery going out to Hana. Visitors who finally get out to Hana need all the services that Travaasa offers just to get back into a relaxed state.

    October 13, 2012 at 8:58 pm

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