Hana Highway - Road to Hana

Hana Highway - Road to Hana

Hana Highway - Road to Hana
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This scenic road is an iconic drive that connects Kaluhui to Hana in east Maui. The 64-mile highway features narrow winding roads and over 50 bridges, taking you past gorgeous beaches, rugged coastlines, lush forests, waterfalls, pools, and hiking trails. It takes at least three hours to complete the Hana Highway, but you can make it a full-day trip, depending on how many stops you make. You can even spend the night at Waianapanapa State Park, where you can stay in a cabin or camp close to the shore. Don't miss all the best sights by joining a Road to Hana tour, which will have all transport sorted. – Tripadvisor
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  • vrilluri
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Road to Hana
    Road to Hana was one of the most amazing experiences in Maui, Hawaii. The botanical garden, beaches and the drive was the most beautiful and enjoyable experience. Lack of public toilets along the was not pleasant and kind of made me angry! How unamerican?
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written June 17, 2023
  • Leandro S
    Miami, Florida505 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing drive
    Amazing drive, you get to see all different landscapes in Maui. The round trip drive is a full day effort, about 12 hours, but the waterfalls and hikes are worth it. Would recommend going as early possible!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 18, 2023
  • Taylor Morris
    Boise, Idaho120 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do
    This is a must on your trip to Maui! Plan for a full day, because you'll want to make lots of stops and try different foods. Some stops have a hike and some are just a pull off. We went all the way to the Haleakalā National Park before turning around. Make sure you plan out the stops you for sure want to stop at before, and download your map. There isn't good service along the road.
    Visited February 2023
    Written June 23, 2023
  • Anniecat71
    Spokane, Washington14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views of Maui's rainforest!
    The Road to Hana and beyond was a little disappointing. We didn't get to do the full circle tour that we signed up (due to road construction) for and were not told that until the morning we left. No offering of additional anything and we got back earlier than planned. This company should say at the web site that the circle tour is not available and offer some compensation. The views were beautiful, and our guide was fun. The lunch offering was OK. Once and done for the Road to Hana.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 24, 2023
  • elke9249
    Dallas, Texas25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun, beautiful but sadly to much traffic
    Quirky and fun road. There are a few stops on the way to enjoy ocean, water fallad, and tropical views. The vegetation along the road is spectacular. The locals are most likely tired of the tourists, they drive fast and crazy. :) Somewhat understanding when they are behind a non-local (tourist) who has no idea about his car size, neither how to drive. The road itself is mostly in good condition, changes after Hana to a much more challenging condition and better driving skills are required. ;)
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • t-jas72
    Washington DC, District of Columbia12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As Rihanna says...
    Opinions are all over the place about this journey so I'll try to reconcile them. First, the drive is not that bad. You're not on the side of a cliff and most of it is two lanes. You want a more harrowing experience - drive the Kahekili Hwy on the northeast side of Maul. About 75% is one lane, with lots of hairpin turns and it's much higher up. Second, it is definitely worth the drive. Don't make the mistake of trying to stop and see everything or you'll run out of time and daylight. There is a lot of beautiful tropical scenery The falls are really nice, take pics but stop at just one to swim. Spend $15 on the GuideAlong app (formerly GyPSy) to get a great informative guide while you're driving. It is amazingly in sync with the drive! Go further than Hana to the Kipahulu District of Haleakala National Park and hike the trails there for amazing views of the coast and waterfalls. On drive back, app talks about the history of Hawaii. You're home in time for a dip in the resort pool and a Mai Tai.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
  • sethfinch
    Albuquerque, New Mexico48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go Early
    Of course, fantastic, and a must do if you’re visiting Maui. Hot Tip—go earlier than any of the guidebooks say. We left at 7am, and stayed one stop ahead of all the tour buses which made things MUCH more enjoyable. Also, best part is hiking the trail through the bamboo forest at the end of the road, so make sure to save time for that. The Ke’anae arboretum is also a nice stop to learn more about the vegetation.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Darby B
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Road to Hana as a family
    Downloaded an app which told us all the rides, places to stop, helped us with time management. Must go to places: aunty sandy’s, the lava caves, and black sand beach ( requires reservation). The first couple waterfalls you can skip and not go to as they are small and many people stop there. The app was 19.99 and worth every penny! Recommend getting a jeep or car as a suv/ bus on the tight and narrow roads is difficult to navigate. Pay attention and drive slow so you don’t miss anything, don’t schedule anything same day as this as it last from 7am-5pm. The earlier you start the better.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 7, 2023
  • beatles4ever1965
    Santa Rosa, California105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing breakfasts!
    On a recent trip, we stayed at the J Resort, and Hannah's Table was the restaurant inside the resort. We ate there twice, and both experiences were absolutely delicious! I usually like to order French toast if it sounds "different". The French toast exceeded my expectations. It was advertised as brioche, and I have had thing slices of brioche French toast before. However, at Hannah's, I was served three pieces of perfectly cooked French toast with slices the size of generous pieces of cake. I could only eat two slices, and the third was saved to munch on throughout the next day. Not only that, but the French toast was coated with streusel and came with mascarpone cheese, strawberries, and syrup. It was definitely in my top 10 French toast experiences I have enjoyed! The next day, I was thinking of ordering the pancakes, but I saw a man eating them in the restaurant, and there were three of them the size of a large plate, so I decided it was just too much food. He said they were as excellent as they looked. I ordered the omelet, which came with four ingredients of choice. I chose caramelized onions, avocado, bacon, and Swiss cheese. It was one of the better omelets I have ever eaten! It also came with what was called a has brown casserole, which was also outstanding. Inside the hash browns were caramelized onions, and outside, it was coated with cheddar cheese. Even the wheat toast was outstanding, and rather "nutty". I have nothing but good things to say about Hannah's Table, and the price was reasonable. I thoroughly recommend it. Sorry, but I didn't take any pictures.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Misty M
    21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtakingly beautiful!
    Must see! Definitely recommend a tour so you can relax and enjoy the amazing views! They can show you hidden gems you might have missed! Waterfalls and rainbow eucalyptus were my favorites. Twisty roads so take Dramamine for sure!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 26, 2023
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Bk2019june
Fresno, CA61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Family
Hands down, the best adventure I have done with my family in my life. Can’t wait to do it again as we missed many spots.
Leave early, it’s the key, you will be the first few at most places and can cover a lot. Saw many many cars drive towards the sacred pools when we were heading back, don’t be the one of those guys. You will miss the best.
Please get the gypsy guide app, it’s 6.99 and it’s worth $100. It works in no cell phone covers area too.
Great explanation every mile and you will understand the culture and history. My teenager and 20 yr old kid loved it. Must see places- garden of eden, black sand beach, red sand beach, sacred pools and Pipiwai Trail & Waimoku Falls.
Carry water and be ready for rain any time.
Many Food places on the way, don’t need to carry food.(this was on dec 22nd, 2020, covid days) , traffic was light due to that fact and many food places closed but there were still plenty.
Last 20 miles is almost single road and wet, so smaller car the better. Leave the (sacred pools) 'Ohe'o Gulch and Haleakala National Park at 3 pm, you don’t want to be driving in the dark.
Enjoy the ride and be safe
Written December 24, 2020
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thegees1
Reading, UK194 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We drove the ‘half’ Hana to the Ke’anea Peninsula. We didn’t start at the crack of dawn ( as all the guidebooks propose) but started about 2.30pm. We finished at 5.30pm. The traffic was sparse although on the return journey the locals drive home & one was seriously abusive & most drive considerably faster than the recommended 15mph that no one seems to adhere to. Most drive at 25mph but the locals come roaring round the corners so watch out. You have been warned.
We had read extensively about this trip ( & about how many blind corners there are / single land bridges etc) & although the scenery was dramatic in places the hype of the road didn’t deliver for us but we did only drive half way. Do buy the GYPsy app which will informatively talk throughout the journey although I wouldn’t recommend relying on this app exclusively for directions.
I would recommend a whale watch trip or a trip to Pa’ai ( to watch the turtles ) or a trip to see Lahaina or Wailea rather than drive this road. It seems a marketing exercise to promote the other side of the island. The driving is incredibly difficult & the roads so windy that some people do need anti sickness pills. If you’re thinking of driving around the whole island ( the road at the ‘back side’ of Maui ) check with your rental car first. That road is billed as even worse & some car rental companies won’t let you drive that way.
Good luck if you decide to do this drive.
Written February 19, 2020
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Tim K
Lake Zurich, IL156 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
While I am glad we did it is a long day. Would really recommend staying in Hana on night minimum so you can make more stops. However our time was short and had only one day. Sights are great and almost too many good places to stop. One place not worth it is lava tubes. Price per person was very high. And did look like it would be worth time or money.
Written March 9, 2020
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peter lindeblad
Gold Coast, Australia5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The day was overcast and threatening with downpours when we were picked up on time at 7.00 a.m. by our local guide Jaime from MahaloTours. She was cheerful, full of information had us on the way with a minimum of fuss. There was 7 of us on our trip, we stopped for breakfast, got to know each other and under Jaimes watchful eye we started our journey. The rains came which made all the waterfalls overflow with breathtaking surging power.I'm glad we had an experienced local driver in Jaime as she handled the minibus with aplomb as we made our way around the 600+ bends and the one-way bridges that were built over 100 years ago by the Japanese workers. It is a testimonial to their ingenuity and workmanship that the bridges are still standing. We stopped for a scrumptious lunch, fish or pork ribs or vegetarian, they cater for all. It was an incredible time great fun was had by all well worth taking the trip, don't drive yourself as you won't enjoy it as much, take Mahalo Tours and ask for Jaime she will make your day and look after your safety as well.
Written January 13, 2020
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ACharles70
San Jose, CA32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
We used the Maui Gypsy Guide Road to Hana tour, which was super informative and easy to use! Download the app before you go and listen to it in the car during the entire drive (bring a car charger!). The app knows where you are through GPS and will point out places to stop. You will not have much cell phone coverage during the drive. Overall, this is a FULL day to drive to Hana and back. There are more than 50 one way bridges and so many turns, that you can’t go very fast. It rained for the first half of the drive for us, so be sure to bring a rain coat or umbrella. Also, bring snacks in the car, as there aren’t many places to stop along the way. If you want to go to the black sands beach at Waianapanapa State Park, make sure to make reservations before hand. Unless you are staying in Hana, I would recommend you make reservations after 11am, as it would be difficult to get there before that if you are starting in Paia. If you want to drive past Hana to Haleakala National Park at Kipahula, bring hiking shoes. The “7 Sacred Pools” there are usually closed, so don’t rely on going swimming. You can enjoy a nice picnic lunch down by Hana Bay, since there are many picnic tables there, as well as public restrooms. The road past Kipahula is not very reliable, and most car rental companies won’t allow you to drive that way around, so it is best to turn around and go back the way you came. It is a beautiful drive and many waterfalls right off the side of the road to see.
Written April 9, 2021
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Kim D
Chicago, IL28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
You must take the drive to Hana at least one time in Maui. This was our 3rd time and it's still as magical as the first time. Go early, stop often, and get back to Paia by dark. Drive slowly and take it all in. Locals will drive faster so just pull over and let them go by. Chill! Wear your bathing suit and be sure to play in the water stops. The Fish Market is a great casual restaurant to stop on the way back for a super casual bite to eat EXCELLENT, well priced fresh fish!
Written February 27, 2020
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ajknight
chittenango75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We got the shaka app and downloaded it at home before the trip. It was seriously a monsoon for that day and 2 days before. We were told not to go but we were headed west so we wanted to do it while we were in the area. The sun set at 6:00 pm and we didn't leave until 10:00am because we were not sure what to do with the weather. We were laughing because the guide kept saying do not stop here, there are better things coming. WE should have listened. We knew we would have to drive back in the dark for about 1 hour. It had rained so hard the falls were mud falls and the 7 sacred pool was one big blob of brown. We however thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We ran into a couple who was 21 years old and they asked if they could follow us because we had the app. It stopped raining almost every time we got out of the car. My favorite spot was the cave. if you go in walk until you see heaven. It literally opens up into a green garden. the bamboo forest was a long walk and it was the end of our journey and we had on water shoes so we didn't walk more than 1 mile. It was also gonna get dark. I am from Upstate NY where we have a lot of curvy roads. I did not think the roads were a big deal in the daylight. It was raining faster than my wipers could keep up on the way back, it was dark, trees fell in the road and there was so much water on the bridge i wasn't sure it was 1 piece. I was happy to be on the road with our new young friends. ( I am 56) and i am sure we gave them comfort. Although the weather was crazy and i would have loved to see it in the blue skies i found the app amazing, we even listened to his story on the way back. unless you are from a flat state I think the drive is do able but get the shaka app
Written January 28, 2020
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LarsieB
Denver, Colorado, USA1,779 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
The Road to Hana is definitely worth doing once during a trip to Maui. As most people say you need to allow a whole day for this activity, and leaving early in the day, for this trip, is definitely worthwhile even though it's hard to get up early during a vacation. I'd also highly recommend purchasing and downloading one of the apps available for about $10-$20. It's a worthwhile investment and really makes it much easier knowing where to stop along the way - the self guided tour app. that we had for the Road to Hana was great and we learned a lot of history about this road too. Be sure to fuel up your car before starting and if anyone in your group/family gets car sick have a motion sickness tablet first for all the bends in the road. Be sure to pack drinks, snacks, swimsuits and towels and to stop at Aunty Sandy's when you come across it to purchase a loaf of banana bread. And for anyone wondering our hire car was a four door sedan and it coped perfectly fine with the paved roads along the Road to Hana. My biggest advice is pay attention to all the one lane bridges, these can be tricky at times to know what traffic is coming so slow down and take your time!
Written June 18, 2022
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Picketfences101
Texas17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
We wanted to experience this drive but did not want to take 8-12 hours of our day so we decided to do 1/2 drive on our own. We very much enjoyed our day, here’s what I recommend:
1) research where you want to stop before going - do not try and wing it. You can’t turn around and you won’t know what you’re doing.
2) a must, a huge must is to download Gypsys road to Hana tour app. It costs 9.99 and is a great investment. It narrates everything, tells you where to turn off, etc. excellent. It starts in paia. Cannot recommend strongly enough. This thing knows where you are even when you have no cell service.
3) get gas before Paia town- no gas after!
4) know the road etiquette (1 car passes bridge, then alternate) honk your horn going around a hair pin turn.
5) if you’re doing a waterfall tour later in your week, skip twin falls
6) you must take cash. If you want to park or have banana bread, you need cash!
7) we rented a convertible for our trip and wish we had had a jeep.
8) you need a car charger
9) we really really enjoyed garden of eden, it’s gorgeous stunning views snd plants. You have to pay $20 pp to enter.
10) aunt Sandy’s banana bread is totally worth it
11) do this tour on your first day. You can’t sleep, your up early. We were planning to do this later in the week but we woke up bright eyed by 5:30 (and we love sleep) so we said let’s hit the road. We were driving through paia at 7:30 and we had no traffic and no issues.
12) for reference: we left Kaanapali at 6:45, made it to paia at 7:30, made 4 good stops. Turned around at aunt Sandy’s and made it back to Kaanapali at 12:15 (we had 1:30 massages booked)
13) you need good shoes for this. When you get out, you’re walking around it’s wet, Sandy, gravel… wear good shoes.
14) bonus: we had been trying to book mama’s fish house for months, we popped in on our way back and scored a last minute reservation for the next day.
Last, this tour is completely doable on your own. However. If your are a nervous driver or do not know us road laws, then do a tour. Also, some mentioned motion sickness. I am prone to motion sickness and 0 problems on this drive. If I had been in the back of a van, I probably would have been miserable.
Written September 26, 2021
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messier27
Fountain, CO244 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I started well before sunrise and got back well after it got dark. There are many stops to take in. Lots of fruit stands and some great food. I would recommend not going with less than a full tank because gas stops are only in Hana (that I saw) and it was well over $5 there. Lots of turns, so drivers be aware of your passengers that get motion sickness
Written February 1, 2020
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