Explore the Road to Hana

Hawaii Hana Highway

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Amazing views. A unique driving experience. Duration: the whole day. Waterfalls. Beaches. Fields.

Start near Paia on Highway 36 and head east. The road is famous for its many twists and turns, so consider taking lots of breaks to get some fresh air and avoid getting car sick. There are many stops along the way, from ice cream to medium length hikes.

Some of the Best Stops:
  • Coconut Glen's: the best coconut milk ice cream you will ever have. Glen serves up healthy, tasty ice cream from his unique location at mile marker 27.5.
  • Wai'anapanapa State Park: explore the lava tubes and swim at Black Rock Beach.
  • Pools at Ohe'o: enjoy a short hike through a bamboo forest before arriving at the falls of Mahahiku, you can also swim in the pools below the falls.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Hiking shoes
  • Clothes for the weather
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Sunglasses/ hat
  • Sunblock
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Activities:

Chillin, Hiking, Photography, Swimming

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

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Features:

Beach
Family Friendly
Picnic Area
Swimming Hole
Waterfall
Wildflowers

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7 months ago

Hana is my favorite part of the island

When we go to Maui, Hana is my favorite place. I always wish we planned more time to spend there. I can't recommend it enough.

7 months ago

7 months ago

Definitely worth driving if you're in Maui!!!

The drive on the Road to Hana is stunning, winding through the rainforest with lots of stops for food and for gorgeous views. Make sure to put aside the majority of the day, as it's quite long and the road is windy, so you'll want to take your time. I agree with Brian - we went the whole way around, and though it's interesting at first, the road gets difficult and there aren't many stops after the Seven Sacred Pools (this was my favourite stop on the way through though!). I recommend turning around here and heading back. Try to leave early to beat the traffic, as it's very popular! Mahalo!

7 months ago

about 1 year ago

Harrowing Drive But Worth It

The Road to Hana is not for the faint of heart, as parts of it is one lane and has hairpin turns. However, this is not to say it's a difficult drive. Exercise caution, obey the signs, and you will be fine. This is a very popular road for tourists, and you will see a lot of small shops on the way aiming at reeling some tourists in. Overall, though, it is a very beautiful drive with dozens of waterfalls and hikes. I recommend driving it from Paia all the way to the Kipahulu Visitor Center, which is the start of the Pipiwai Trail to the Seven Sacred Pools and Waimoku Falls. Do not go any farther than this (onto the Piilani Highway) unless you are prepared to drive even scarier one lane roads on the sides of a sea cliff that are very rugged and at some points unpaved.

about 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Paia or bust

I am not a huge fan of being in the car in Hawaii, but if you feel the need to go for a long drive, it does not get much better than this. Paia is one of the coolest small towns on the map, and it is surreal to be surrounded by some of the best watermen on the planet. If you are unfamiliar with this area, google "Jaws"...the wave.

over 1 year ago

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Adventure sports and lifestyle photographer. Always up for a climb or ski. Based in the foothills of the Rockies.

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