The road to Hana connects Kahului with the town of Hāna in east Maui. If you drove the whole way with no stops it would take you about 2.5 hours, but that’s not what we recommend. Instead plan to take the whole day and stop at some famous landmarks. It’s the best way to experience the real beauty of Hawaii and as a result the road to Hāna is a popular tourist attraction in Maui. So gather your bathing suit, camera and loved ones and get ready for a day of adventure! Here are our recommended favorite stops identified by mile marker:
Mile Marker 2 – Twin Falls
The hike to see Twin Falls is unique and beautiful. These picturesque waterfalls offer a large area to swim at. Because its one of the first waterfalls along the road with easy access, you will always see lots of cars parked here. Bonus: There’s a farm stand selling delicious smoothies and goodies at the entrance.
Mile Marker 9 – Ho'okipa Windsurfing Lookout
From the bluff, Ho'okipa is a great spot to stop and watch some of the best surfing in Maui. In the winter, the waves can get pretty massive here so you can expect to see some activity almost every day. Maui is considered a mecca to windsurfers and kiteboarders due to consistent wind and ideal conditions. Keep in mind that this is a pro-surfing spot only – great for pictures but unless you are extremely experienced we don’t recommend that you try to surf here.
Mile Marker 10 – Garden Of Eden Arboretum
Maui is known for it’s lush vegetation and the Garden of Eden arboretum presents visitors with immaculately kept grounds perfect for photos. There is an entrance fee, but its worth it to explore and see a 100 year-old mango tree, bamboo, stunning ocean views and the famous Puohokamoa Falls. With 26 acres of trails alive with brilliant colors and the sweet aroma of tropical blossoms, you can take a refreshing swim and relax in a uniquely natural island setting.
Mile Marker 17 – Keanae Lookout
Just past the mile marker is a wide spot on the ocean side of the road, where you can see the entire Keanae Peninsula with its pattern of green taro fields and the shimmering blue ocean etched in black lava. It’s a great photo opportunity on a sunny day with vivid colors.
Mile Marker 32 – Wai'anapanapa State Park
The area at Wai'anapanapa is filled with history, legend, and gorgeous views. The black sand/pebbles at Pa'iloa Beach are as picturesque as can be, and they are bordered by bright green foliage and blue water. The loop trail will take you down to the fresh water caves where some powerful legends live. The 120-acre park on an ancient lava flow includes sea cliffs, lava tubes, arches, and the beach.
If the prospect of renting a car and planning the trip yourself isn’t attractive, ShoreFox has several options for you to experience the road to Hana:
Hana Picnic & Sightseeing Tour: Tour the famous Road to Hana in the air-conditioned comfort of an exclusive, 8 guest, leather-appointed, luxury Limo-Van. This full day tour allows you to enjoy the remote Hana Coast, at a leisurely and relaxed pace. Photo opportunities abound, with many stops made along this spectacular sea-coast drive. Kaumahina State Park, offering splendid views of rugged lava sea cliffs, Ke’anae, a quaint Hawaiian village with peaceful taro fields and Waikani Falls, glistening with fresh mountain rain-water, are just some of the sights to be enjoyed. Guests discover and learn, about the native Hawaiian people, their culture and land.
Hana Motorcycle Ride: The road to Hana is a must do while in Maui and what better way to experience it than on a Dual Sport Kawasaki KLR 650! 620 curves and 59 bridges bring you to the most pristine part of the island filled with lush rain forrest, massive waterfalls and truly breath taking scenery. Along the way to Hana we will be stopping to swim in the waterfalls and unique beaches as well as have the opportunity to go deep into the jungle. The road to Hana is one of the curviest in the world and the KLR650’s are a blast to ride.Once past Hana we continue all the way around the backside of Haleakala Volcano where the terrain changes drastically from wet jungle to vast lava fields. Here we will go off-road down to hidden coves and beaches and visit one of the most unexplored parts of the island. This area few see is filled with ancient Hawaiian history and has remained unaltered since the volcano eruption.