Kahekili Highway
Kahekili Highway
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  • GoodFoodGoodMood7822
    Troisdorf, Germany76 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Without words to be honest
    Wonderful views but I would not recommend because it is quite dangerous to drive. Really narrow and windy, I could not really enjoy it because I was worried that we would fall off the cliffs - which didn’t happen, we had no bad situation because of my husband‘s experienced driving skills. But I cannot recommend this drive to you because I don’t know how your personal circumstances are. Road to Hana is so much more relaxed to drive and not that risky.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 10, 2023
  • dcx
    34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Drive like grandpa and you'll be fine
    Honestly, I didn't know about this road before we drove it. We are staying in Kapalua. Several people told us to drive the Hana Highway, but it would literally take a full day in the car and we didn't want to do that. So we'll drive the north coast of Maui to Kahului and see the beauty. So we go, twisting and up/down through amazing scenery. Everything is great until we reach the signs that say that the state highway ends and that a one lane winding road begins. 17 miles, single lane, rock wall on one side and cliff with no guard rails on the other, steep climbs and drops, and hairpin turns you can't see around. But it wasn't as bad as some make it out to be. It's well paved. A dirt road would be an entirely different story. There are frequent spaces for you to pull over so other vehicles can (barely) pass. The key is to take it slow and let other vehicles pass if they are on your tail. It's hard to drive fast as there are almost no stretches of straight flat road. Watch out for rocks. I saw several that could damage your car if you hit them wrong. Luckily we did it the right way, small car starting at Kapalua with the rock wall on the passenger side, on a bright sunny dry day, starting early. There were very few other vehicles on the road when we drove it. I'd say there were as many bicyclists (good for them!) traveling the route as cars. It's an amazing drive, although I'm not sure we would do it again in the near future.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 29, 2023
  • HabeneroHank
    Huntington Beach, California6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful scenery. Not for the faint hearted.
    We were staying in Ka’alapani and wanted some banana bread. So we looked up Banana Bread and found this place called Julia’s Best Banana Bread and decided to take a drive and check it out. We had no idea what the road was like. We love adventures. On the way, we stopped at the blowhole, which was fantastic. Easy hike down to it and the surf was up so it was spouting over a hundred feet plus. The waves along the rocky coast were pounding on the rocks and the power of it was exhilarating. We continued along the road and loved it. It is definitely one lane in many stretches—not in each direction—ONE LANE PERIOD but thankfully we didn’t come upon any vehicles in any of the few areas it would be sketchy to do so. We made it down to this beautiful little valley below a huge rock on the coast only to find the banana bread place closed when we got there. We looked at the map and decided to complete the loop and continue on. It was breathtaking. They call it a Killer Highway and I’d consider that a compliment. It was totally killer. I’d love to do it on a scooter or motorcycle next time but if you’re comfortable in your driving skills and not afraid of backing up above cliffs and sharp turns I’d saw go for it. Stop as often as you can and bathe in the beautiful scenery. Hopefully, the banana bread place will be open for you.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 14, 2024
  • Jennifer H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Challenging but rewarding if you are cautious, alert, and smart. Puts Hana to shame.
    We’ve done the Dalton straight through from Fairbanks to Deadhorse without stopping twice, so we’re not faint of heart. This road is challenging. The fact that it’s paved is pretty much all that it has going for it safety wise. If you found Hana scary, this road isn’t for you. If you go slow, and drive during the daylight hours, you’ll be fine. Let the locals pass when you can so you don’t feel rushed and stay focused on the road and oncoming traffic. If you can do those things, you’ll be rewarded. It’s a beautiful drive with lots of great opportunities for pictures. There’s even a lovely little art gallery along the way. We enjoyed it much more than Hana. Hana is charming, but this felt much more untamed.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 18, 2024
  • Marcy A
    Houston, Texas208 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful scenery but not for the faint hearted. It’s worth it!!
    We happened upon this road after visiting the blow hole. It was very narrow one lane highway with spectacular views of Northwestern Maui. Gorgeous. We had to drive very slow 5-15 miles an hour. It was a wonderful experience.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 7, 2024
  • Eddie C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recommend for experienced drivers
    I completed this drive and here are some thoughts from a fellow NYC traveler. This drive is not for the faint hearted. There is a saying in NYC: if you can learn to drive in NYC, you can learn to drive anywhere. The saying has always been in my impressions, the experience of this drive has elevated this impression with vivacity to the level of belief. This drive requires constant attention, common sense, and watching ahead for incoming traffic and slowly driving your way through corners that you can not see what is coming at you. While dangerously narrow at some points, this was no where close as dangerous as driving the Belt Parkway at night. The views are scenic and a worthwhile experience. The omens of crosses, goats on the side of the mountain, memorials for fallen victims of the drive are to some a superstitious sign to do not enter. We entered and conquered and my soul feels accomplished. The locals drive this road as if it were written on their back of their hands. Some drive it dangerously. It’s understandable. No where close to horrifying as the NYC taxi driver. I am, however, conflicted as I was lucky to drive in certain areas that as some noted a “1/2 single lane”. What if we got stuck with oncoming traffic? Would I reverse or accelerate? These thoughts will haunt me and deter me from driving on this road again. For this, I give my utmost respect to the locals. Respect and love. Much love from your fellow travelers. We also recommend Liliani’s shaved ice and banana bread. Very good stuff.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 28, 2024
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dcx
Buffalo, NY34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Honestly, I didn't know about this road before we drove it. We are staying in Kapalua. Several people told us to drive the Hana Highway, but it would literally take a full day in the car and we didn't want to do that. So we'll drive the north coast of Maui to Kahului and see the beauty. So we go, twisting and up/down through amazing scenery. Everything is great until we reach the signs that say that the state highway ends and that a one lane winding road begins. 17 miles, single lane, rock wall on one side and cliff with no guard rails on the other, steep climbs and drops, and hairpin turns you can't see around. But it wasn't as bad as some make it out to be. It's well paved. A dirt road would be an entirely different story. There are frequent spaces for you to pull over so other vehicles can (barely) pass. The key is to take it slow and let other vehicles pass if they are on your tail. It's hard to drive fast as there are almost no stretches of straight flat road. Watch out for rocks. I saw several that could damage your car if you hit them wrong. Luckily we did it the right way, small car starting at Kapalua with the rock wall on the passenger side, on a bright sunny dry day, starting early. There were very few other vehicles on the road when we drove it. I'd say there were as many bicyclists (good for them!) traveling the route as cars. It's an amazing drive, although I'm not sure we would do it again in the near future.
Written October 29, 2023
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pla_orange
pla_orange105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
This is written as a tourist who likes to find some places to go that the "normal" tourist might not find (i'm not wild and adventurous and I'm in my 60s, we just like getting away from crowds). Put me in the group that thinks this was a fun adventure! We had a beautiful day, and a convertible with the top down. We took it slow, went around corners slowly and just took it easy. We never felt endangered, although we could see that if you were in a hurry, distracted, etc it could be dangerous. I also felt better driving on a bright sunny day with good weather - I would not drive it in the dark or in bad weather. I would also say driving from the west to the east is less scary since you are on the inside lane. Most places have a wide spot reasonably nearby and only a few spots where someone might have to back up very far on the one lane sections. Lots of beautiful views of the rugged coastline, as well as some areas to hike down to the rocky areas at the beach - we did not do those. We thought it was a great afternoon drive.
Written March 10, 2023
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3kidmomsf
sf87 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
DO NOT DRIVE THIS ROAD - It is not enjoyable. We purchased the Shaka audio download guide which has a driving tour for "West Maui Coastline Tour" which takes you on this road. The road has sheer drop offs on one side and a rock wall on the other side. There are no waterfalls or places to see. The road is only wide enough for 1 car but it is a two way road. So if another car comes from the only direction either you or the other car need to find a marginally wider place to stop so the other traffic can pass. It is 21 miles of stress. This was not a relaxing or pleasant way to spend time on vacation.
Written March 11, 2022
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joaniemaria
Eldridge, IA4,841 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
We started out driving to the Nakele Blowhole, and ended up following Highway 340 to Wailuku. It is narrow, one lane, steep, winding and scenic. It is narrower that Hana Highway and similar in many ways. There are several food stands, a studio, a ranch and many hillside homes along the way. We had to back up once when we met a car because there was not enough room for two cars to pass each other. I recommend a clockwise trip so your vehicle is hugging the mountain, not the edge of the road. There are no guard rails in many areas. Be careful if you drive this highway.
Written September 22, 2021
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Dalia P
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Many of the positive reviews here are obviously from travelers that were going clock wise from Lahaina down. Not counterclockwise, the RT 30 was closed and apple maps took us to the 340 we had never heard about this road and i had a bad feeling seeing how curvy it was. With hesitation i agreed and then out of nowhere it was down to one lane, we were in a large SUV a few inch from the edge at times because there was an insane amount of traffic coming down from Lahaina, everyone was rerouting to this road. People were not yielding properly, i was a nervous wreck, route went from 2 hrs for 22 miles to 3 hrs and we were only a third of the way through, we ended up turning around and going back to the RT 30 and were back to the resort before the last updated time for route 340. Once you’re going clockwise the ride is just fine even w only one lane. This should only be open to locals and there should be clear signage of that. Tourists should not be allowed on this road. This road should be used for people who live in that area only.
Written July 27, 2021
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Sarah
Nevada City, CA69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
This drive was hands down my favorite part of our visit to Maui. We got a later start than we'd anticipated but still ended up taking this highway less traveled. If you love driving, this is for you - but staying alert is key, as you'll run into a few surprise obstacles along the way. I also cannot recommend enough starting your Road to Hana drive early so you can safely explore and take in the scenery on the way home.
Written April 26, 2022
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Brave Person
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
WARNING! There are not enough reviews telling you how dangerous and harrowing this road is…. This review being from a person from a rural area with hilly and curvy roads. I’m more accustomed to this type of terrain than most. Don’t take this review as a “dare”. This is seriously terrible! If you’re an adrenaline junky, there are many other thrills you can seek. I might have PTSD. My husband saved my life a thousand times on that road. Should be locals only.
Written March 2, 2023
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Eddie C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
I completed this drive and here are some thoughts from a fellow NYC traveler. This drive is not for the faint hearted. There is a saying in NYC: if you can learn to drive in NYC, you can learn to drive anywhere. The saying has always been in my impressions, the experience of this drive has elevated this impression with vivacity to the level of belief. This drive requires constant attention, common sense, and watching ahead for incoming traffic and slowly driving your way through corners that you can not see what is coming at you. While dangerously narrow at some points, this was no where close as dangerous as driving the Belt Parkway at night. The views are scenic and a worthwhile experience. The omens of crosses, goats on the side of the mountain, memorials for fallen victims of the drive are to some a superstitious sign to do not enter. We entered and conquered and my soul feels accomplished. The locals drive this road as if it were written on their back of their hands. Some drive it dangerously. It’s understandable. No where close to horrifying as the NYC taxi driver. I am, however, conflicted as I was lucky to drive in certain areas that as some noted a “1/2 single lane”. What if we got stuck with oncoming traffic? Would I reverse or accelerate? These thoughts will haunt me and deter me from driving on this road again. For this, I give my utmost respect to the locals. Respect and love. Much love from your fellow travelers. We also recommend Liliani’s shaved ice and banana bread. Very good stuff.
Written June 28, 2024
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must_travel_soon_10
Mississauga, Canada1,808 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The road to Hana is more rain forest like and more tree canopy covered. This route is more open and has so many amazing views. Round trip circumnavigating the north part of Maui takes about 3 hours. Yes the driving can be intimidating, but dangerous. Although we had to stop suddenly when a school van speeding around a blind corner, gave us little time to react. Lots of interesting stops along the route. We went counter clockwise and saw the blowhole from a distance, so beautiful! The road conditions were quite good, unlike some of the southern sections of the road to Hana near Kaupo. Karen Lei's gallery is a great stop.
Written March 1, 2020
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Rachel C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
My parents live here, we drive between Wailuku/Kahului and Kahikatoa probably twice a day when we visit. Everyone giving this a one star review is dramatic and probably more comfortable cruising between strip malls or whatever on the mainland. If you use your brain, take it slowly, and don’t allow yourself to be intimidated by locals or more experienced drivers by letting them pass, you will be fine. Also, start early and do the drive clockwise. Generally speaking when renting cars here (no matter what you’re up to) smaller cars are better. This is doubly true if your plan is to do this drive.
Written March 9, 2023
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