One of the highlights from our trip to Hawaii was driving the Road to Hana on the island of Maui. The Road to Hana is a legendary road trip that can be done in a few hours, but is best enjoyed when spread out over a day. While the coastal town of Hana is super cute, this road trip is all about the journey. So early one morning, we loaded up our Jeep and set off on a waterfall chasing adventure.
With 620 curves and 59 bridges, the winding Road to Hana passes through canopies of lush rainforest, flowing waterfalls, tropical gardens and spectacular seascapes. About half a kilometre (one mile) after mile marker 19 on the Hana Highway we came across Waikani Falls – an incredible waterfall that’s also known as ‘Three Bears Falls’ for its three parallel drops that flow from successively lower heights.
If you jump the fence around the bridge, you’ll find a ‘trail’ that leads to the base of the waterfall. It was drizzling with rain when we arrived, so it was pretty slippery and probably not the easiest walk for everyone. While you probably can’t tell from the photos, the water pressure of these falls is intense. Apparently during wet weather, the waterfall becomes one big bear, dropping about 21 metres (70 feet). Each time I put my head under one of the falls, I almost lost a contact lens and the force basically turned my hair into a matted knot ball. If you’re not holding poses under them, the falls are super pleasant. The water is cold and fresh, which makes for a nice refreshing break from the hot car.
It was a pretty grey and overcast day, so this bright aqua bikini provided the perfect contrast. The print looks tropical, but it’s actually inspired by feathers. It has metallic gold trimming and gold feather charms on the bikini bottoms, making it the ideal blend of boho-luxe. The print comes in a bunch of different styles, but I went with the bralette top and the Brazilian bottoms (of course).
Photography by Jamil Hassan.