After being here two weeks now, we are finally finding a rhythm. As I brought my laptop out to my outdoor yard along with my first coffee to edit these photos while my boy slept, I noticed the outdoor temp didn’t startle me for the first time today. It’s overcast, and the winds are cooler. It felt like home!
That’s due to two hurricanes brewing nearby. The surf is really high, making the beach dangerously beautiful. Pool time it is!
But we have been doing a little adventuring in between all our resting. We decided to hunt down Twin Falls. It’s mini waterfall and jungle experience is on the way to Hana, so consider it a small taste of what you may see on the way to Hana itself.
Having never been, I admit I was nervous. The roads here are always questionable. Hana road stories involve near cliff misses, one car wide, having to honk your horn around blind corners before proceeding. I secretly prayed that didn’t come into effect for our little jaunt out!
I’m happy to say, this is an extremely safe drive! No honking around one way corners in sight.
But the real beauty of the drive comes right after Paia. The now curvy road appeared narrower, as the growth along the sides overcame you in height and volume. It was like driving through a jungle.
Which further encouraged me to consider the entire Hana drive with a possible stay up there for a night or two…
Still debating. The nearby brush fires now transpiring are warning tourists and locals to stay put, so stay put we will for the time being.
Have you done Hana? Any suggestions if we go for it?
Back to Twin Falls… when you approach the Twin Falls trail, you will see the Twin Falls Farm Stand first. This sits in front of the beginning of the trail to the falls.
The stand sells all kinds of things, such as banana bread, specialty drinks, and some unique to the area snacks.
This shot was taken after the trail walk, but I couldn’t resist drinking from a fresh coconut, and trying the sugarcane juice. BOTH were amazing, but that sugarcane drink was truly over the top delish!
I also downed a sugarcane stemmed popsicle, which was truly outstanding!
Here’s the trick though. There are many small trails along the way, leading towards the river. These all offer different glimpses of the river, which are ALL worth taking. The look and access of the river changes dramatically.
But the key point is, if you access the river down below, you’ll have a much easier time getting to it. The higher you go, the more you have to scale down the trails to get to it.
But the only way into the water was along the sharp cliff edge! Way too aggressive for me, plus if you’re carting cameras and such, NO WAY. If your an athlete, go for it.
Some scaled down the rock wall. I have no idea how.
I walked all the trails on my way down after this scare. Some rails required you to cross unstable waters too deep, and others just made for a difficult hike down. But trust me on this…. the first trails allow a super easy access that’s nearly all flat ground. I’m glad I patiently snooped.
So… a few tips:
Tips on visiting Twin Falls
Wear shoes that can get wet, with very good grip. Flip flops are ok once in the water, but you’ll need something better for the trails.
Bring a backpack, so you can hike with two hands free. Mandatory.
Bring a change of clothes… the trails are muddy, and you WILL get dirty.
Carry water, and wear sunscreen. Have bug spray handy if you’re sensitive.
Wear your swimsuit… don’t miss out on a quick dip!
Not totally young kid safe: the current is strong, and the bottom is all rocks. Think nature, with no lifeguards.
Don’t be in a rush… there is a picnic area so you can either indulge from the Farm Stand or bring your own food to enjoy the beautiful, natural surroundings. It’s about a 25 minute (GORGEOUS) drive from Paia, so you may as well enjoy it!
A little unexpected bonus was walking through a mini bamboo forest. Oh, it was heavenly! The sound of bamboo in the breeze sounds like creaking old doors in a 200 year old home. It’s beautiful!
But the must get thing there is the flat bread from The Flat Bread Company!
It’s very much like New York Pizza, which I miss desperately, so I attempted to order the same ingredients. It was close! And delish in its own right.
My son ordered the chicken caesar salad with their own specialty homemade dressing… to die for! Their other thing is lemonade if you like sweet drinks. I stuck to water and coffee.
As you exit Paia, you’ll come to Baldwin Beach. We’ve never spent time here, just drove in to take a few pictures. It’s gorgeous. The sand is much grittier than our own beaches in Kihei, but here I could find puka shells galore. There are no/very few shells on the beaches of Kihei.
And as dusk set in, we head home. It was a fun, adventurous day!
Have you gone to Twin Falls? What did you think?
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