East Maui – Road to Hana, Hawaii


Road to Hana is undoubtedly the top attraction in Maui. The highway is beyond an exciting drive through the beautiful landscape of eastern coastline of the island. It connects Kahului and Kaupo with 68 miles of road. The road to Hana has 620 terrifying but thrilling curves and 59 narrow bridges. The road takes you through incredible island views, beautiful waterfalls, awesome beaches, lush green gulches and flourishing rain forest with tropical flowers and fruits.

68 miles, 620 hairpin turns, 59 narrow bridges, two way traffic, one lane wide. That’s HANA HIGHWAY!!!

and WE SURVIVED!!!

These photos are from a memorable drive on Hana Highway on 9th October, 2016.

  • Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Twin Falls, Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Garden of Eden Arboretum, Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Garden of Eden Arboretum, Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Garden of Eden Arboretum, Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Garden of Eden Arboretum, Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Garden of Eden Arboretum, Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Garden of Eden Arboretum, Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Honomanu Bay, Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Honomanu Bay, Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Honomanu Bay, Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Wailua Valley Lookout, Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Wailua Valley Lookout, Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Hanawi Falls, Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Hanawi Falls, Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Hanawi Falls, Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach, Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach, Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach, Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach, Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Hamoa Beach, Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Hamoa Beach, Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Hamoa Beach, Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Hamoa Beach, Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Hamoa Beach, Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Wailua Falls, Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Upper Waikani Falls (aka Three Bears), Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
  • Haleakalā National Park, Maui, Hawaii
  • Haleakalā National Park, Maui, Hawaii

Quick Facts and Tips

  • Best time to visit
    • Weather and good deals: Apr to May, Sep to Oct. Dec to Mar is better, but could be expensive
  • Fly into
    • Kahului Airport is the main airport and has direct flights from the U.S. mainland
    • Kapalua Airport (west side) and Hana Airport (east side) are other smaller commuter airports
    • Honolulu International Airport, then take a short, 35-40 minute flight to Kahului or Kapalua Maui Airports
  • What to Expect
    • Beautiful Beaches, Waterfalls, Lush Green Gulches, Blowholes, Sea Cliffs, Natural Pools, Tropical Flowers, and Fruits
  • Clothing
    • Weather is warm, so pack lightweight casual t-shirts, shorts, sundresses, tank tops, capris, skirts, swimsuits, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, rain gears and a light jacket for the cool evenings
  • Be sure to check Maui County Official website for the traffic alerts and current road closure before heading out.
  • Not many gas stations on Hana, so have the gas tank filled before you hit the road.
  • Weak/no cell phone signals, highly recommend to have maps downloaded or printed.
  • Important to follow the mile markers.
  • Roads are narrow and winding, drive slowly and park only in parking lots.
  • Bring food, water and changing cloths and prepare yourself if you have motion sickness.
  • Top Attractions and Best Things To Do
    • Ho’okipa Beach Park: It is a pretty good sandy beach with many activities like surfing, bodysurfing, windsurfing, and parasailing. There is easy access to the beach  from the parking lot and is also a great place to see sea turtles. The park has showers, restrooms, lifeguards, picnic tables, and a good amount of parking.This is a good, quick, and easy stop located near mile marker 9 along the Hana Highway.
    • Ho’okipa Lookout: Lookout is on the edge of the cliff overlooking a beautiful beach, big surfs, great surfers, and amazing views of the north west of Maui. This spectacular seascape is located at mile marker 9 and it is worth stopping by. There is a food truck and a large parking area.
    • Twin Falls: Twin Falls is the first easily accessible string of waterfalls and pools near mile marker 2 on the Hana Highway. The entrance to Wailele Farm and Twin Falls is just to the left of the farm stand and parking is lImited. Do not park on the shoulder of Hana Highway. The 1.8 mile round trip hike through the rainforest leads to a small but attractive twin falls and dark pools. Guided tours are also available. Stay on the paths to protect and respect the land. Fresh tropical fruits, refreshing smoothies, ice creams, and snacks are available at the Twin Falls Farm. No restrooms, only port-a-potties.
    • Garden of Eden Arboretum: This garden offers beautiful tropical lush botanical gardens spreading over 26 acres with gorgeous waterfalls and stunning coastal views.The garden is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m and there will be an entry fee. The garden is located on the Hana Highway, between Kailua and Ke’anae, near mile marker 10.5. The trails are well maintained and there are restrooms, giftshop, picnic spots, waterfalls & coastal views.
    • Honomanu Black Sand Beach: Honomanu Bay is a special and somewhat hidden beach along the ocean side of Hana Highway located about halfway between Paia and Hana, near mile marker 14. The Hana Highway passes high above the Honomanu bay and the bay is not directly off the Hana Highway. There are no signs of it, and it can easily be missed. It requires a drive on rough roads to get to the beach once you turn out of the Hana Highway. No crowd, but no amenities.
    • Wailua Valley Lookout: The lookout provides a spectacular view of Wailua village and beautiful coastal views. This is a small cut in the cliff along the Hana Highway near near mile marker 18.9. The lookout has only three parking spots and a set of steps to a lookout. Once you climb the stairs, you will have a perfect aerial view of Wailua village facing the ocean on one side and lush green deep Wailua valley and waterfalls on the other side. Worth stopping for awesome views and a nice break to stretch your legs.
    • Upper Waikani Falls aka Three Bears: The Three Bears Falls is one of the more famous waterfalls just right on the road and located Mile Marker 19.6 on Hana HIghway. The separate streams of falls rushing through rocks and lush vegetation with a pool make this location more popular. There are only a few unmarked parking spots right next to falls, but there is a small parking area past the falls. 
    • Hanawi Falls: This is a popular roadside lookout located near mile marker 24 on Hana highway. The lookout offers a series of waterfalls that tumble over lush green valleys and forested rocks into a pool.There are limited parking spots on both sides of the bridge.
    • Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach: This is a beautiful small black sand beach in a cove that features the deep blue ocean, a wonder lava tube, stunning rugged shorelines, great sea arches and valleys of green jungle. This famous park is located near mile marker 32 on Hana Highway. Besides the outstanding scenery the park has great hikes, easy walks, a blowhole, ocean caves, cliff diving, fresh water pools, camping, and cabins. and more. The park has a large parking area and there are picnic tables, barbecue grills, restrooms, showers, and water fountains. This is the must stop along the Hana Highway.
    • Hamoa Beach: Beautiful beach with clear water, white coral sand, and is surrounded by sea cliffs and lush vegetation cradles. This crescent beach is located on Haneo’o Road about a 0.4 mile drive off Hana Road.
    • Wailua Falls: This easily accessible picturesque 80 feet waterfall gushing through the lush green forest is just on the Hana Highway located near mile marker 45 on Hana Highway. There is a parking lot immediately after you pass the falls towards the ‘Ohe’o Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools.
    • ‘Ohe’o Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools): The Seven Sacred Pools also known as Pools of Oheo are one of Hawaii’s most surreal natural formations. The seven pools are connected by cascading waterfalls and are  hidden in the dense forest of Ohe’o Gulch. This is a great place with stunning ocean vistas, gorgeous waterfalls, deep valleys, dark pools, and a calm ocean breeze.
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16 comments

  1. I was lucky enough to go windsurfing on Maui for my 50th birthday. We drove the Hana Highway – you have captured it beautifully. I have really enjoyed the reminder – thanks for sharing!

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  2. These are some amazing pictures you shared, i am sure it must have been an awesome trip!

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  3. Beautiful nature and lovely pictures, Jyothi!

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  4. Thanks for the tour! We went on a cruise to Hawaii. We had one day in Maui and chose something other than the road to Hana for our excursion. We didn’t want to be in a bus for six hours. Maybe next time, if there is one. I am glad to see your pictures. This post is an excellent guide should someone ever decide to drive the road!

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  5. This looks and sounds amazing, thank you for sharing such a detailed itinerary!

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  6. Beautiful, but I don’t know that I could handle the drive. Thank you for sharing your photos!

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  7. Wow I don’t think I could do that drive! Thanks for taking us on the trip though 🙂

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