July 21, 2015
1761 UNITED STATES (Hawaii) - The road to Hāna
The Hāna Highway is a 104km long stretch of Hawaii Routes 36 and 360 which connects Kahului (which hosts Maui's main airport) with the town of Hāna, one of the most isolated communities in the state, located at the eastern end of the island of Maui. Although Hāna is only about 84km from Kahului, it takes about 2.5 hours to drive when no stops are made as the highway is very winding and narrow and passes over 59 bridges, 46 of which are only one lane wide.
There are approximately 620 curves along Route 360 from just east of Kahului to Hāna, virtually all of it through lush, tropical rainforest. Many of the concrete and steel bridges date back to 1910 and all but one are still in use. The Hāna Highway is a popular tourist attraction in Maui. Guidebooks often devote large sections to traveling the highway leading to the eastern side of Maui and document the many waterfalls and attractions that can be found along the way.
About the stamps
The first stamp, depicting Spicebush Swallowtail, is part of a definitive series with butterflies, about which I wrote here. The second stamp is part of the series Building a Nation, about which I wrote here.
Hāna Highway - Wikipedia
Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 04.02.2014
Photo: Ron Dahlquist