Kahekili Highway

Kahekili Highway, Maui: Address, Phone Number, Kahekili Highway Reviews: 3.5/5

Kahekili Highway
3.5
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LEHankins
Raleigh, NC206 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
It's scary! It's dangerous! I would never do it again. Luckily there wasn't too much traffic that day but there are so few places for a car to pull over to let another pass. I had to back up at one point as the other car was in the turn with no where to go and I felt I had no where to go. It is truly only one narrow lane and you are on this before you know it. I was thrilled when we got back to 2 lanes. I don't recommend this drive as you are not able to trust the drivers coming the other way.
Written January 15, 2020
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Alan D
1 contribution
Nov 2021 • Family
I just did this trip a few days ago so I'm writing while is still fresh in my mind. It's not for the faint of heart but I was lucky to have good weather and that makes all the difference. This road is so dangerous because of the imbeciles driving like maniacs, with no regard for other people on the road. If you drive very slow and have good weather, you'll be fine...just don't assume the other drivers have any common sense and/or survival instincts.
Written November 20, 2021
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MassachusettsJimdeb
Massachusetts30 contributions
May 2021
We were staying in Kihei and drove up to Lahaina to see the sights. Ended up at Slaughterhouse Beach for a fantastic sunset and I foolishly decided to just keep going. The scenery was phenomenal. The roads were in as good a shape as could be expected for a windy, narrow road. The cliffs were scary as were the turns in the dark. If you drove too fast (especially at night) you could easily end up off the road and several hundred feet down, with no one aware.

For those that know the road and know what to expect, it’s not bad. For us after dark with no GPS or clue what we were getting into (my fault, no one else’s) it was rather scary.
Written May 28, 2021
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3kidmomsf
sf78 contributions
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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Sarah
San Francisco, CA4 contributions
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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joaniemaria
Eldridge, IA2,162 contributions
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
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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Wolverin_CZ
Prague, Czech Republic13 contributions
Oct 2021
Frankly, I don't get all the negative reviews and the danger they mention.

There are two ~1.5 mile long sections that are indeed narrow. However, in most cases, you are not even bordering the cliff, except for one part around Kahakuloa.

We drove in a counter-clockwise direction (which, according to some reviews, should be practically a death sentence) to complete an eight-figure around the island and there were no issues. Met very few cars overall (three opposing us and two in the same direction). The views are great and the pavement quality was surprisingly good.

Some of the highlights:

1) Makamakaole Falls – didn't attempt the whole hike but did follow the river over several crossings.
2) Kahakuola – pretty much the only settlement which is also between the narrow sections of the highway. Purchased some lemonade and banana bread. Also a good opportunity to let cars pass.
3) Olivine Pools – where 340 resumes. Worth the descent and perhaps a quick dip if you are adventurous.

Overall – didn't expect much because of the negative reviews but I am really glad we've done this. As a bonus, you can follow up with some snorkeling in Honolua and wrap up with dinner in Lahaina for a day well spent!
Written October 31, 2021
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Sally T
Albuquerque, NM5,005 contributions
Sep 2021
Kahekili Highway is a strip of one-lane paved road framed by rock on one side and sheer cliff drops. It's a dangerous one lane road for about 12 miles with blind corners! Not for the faint of heart. Hubby is a great driver but sometimes you meet people coming the other way and one has to back up with a cliff on the side and no guardrails so no room for error. Its a fun drive with some areas of danger and not an easy one but an experience for those who like danger and challenges. My adrenaline was pumping from a combination of the picture perfect views and the possibility of meeting another oncoming car on the narrow cliff all the time.
Written October 27, 2021
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must_travel_soon_10
Mississauga, Canada1,482 contributions
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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