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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  • dpa
    Apex, North Carolina6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome but long day
    Download the Gypsy App...it's a must! I can't imagine doing the drive without it...we knew exactly where to stop and the narration was great. As well, we didn't have to pay to go to the black sand beach at W. State Park, as we found a black sand beach along the way. The kids loved swimming in the water at Wailea Falls at the end!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 19 April 2023
  • Joan88
    Mill Valley, California627 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We Go And Stay For Two Weeks!
    Okay…we love Hana! The road gets us there! We appreciate locals and pull over on the many places where it is safe to pull over. Some tourists are fools…they drive recklessly and stop where they aren’t allowed. Most, truly most use caution and are responsible. Many blind curves…many times it is hard to know if someone is coming around the bend. We go every year! I buy ginger chews … they help! We love seeing the flowing water as we drive on by. The Hana beaches, especially Hamoa and Koki are phenomenal to spend time at. There is a Friday afternoon farmers market now and most locals are very kind and friendly. Hana is quiet, serene and you will see many geckos in your great rental units! It is not Wailea or Kaanapali. Thankful for the road maintenance! Thankful for the careful drivers! Thankful for…Hana!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 April 2023
  • Russ P
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do Road to Hana
    No trip to Maui is complete without doing the Road to Hana. Don't drive yourself. Take a tour so you can concentrate on the scenery and get lots of background information. We used Hawaiian Style Tours and I would highly recommend them.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 April 2023
  • Mark A
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Home Work Prior
    Do your home work before hitting the road. Its extremely difficult to know when or where to stop as you're driving. Avoid twin falls, its a money grab for very poor falls. Take gravol before you go
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 April 2023
  • Inna G
    Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey122 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it, go 40 min past Hana for the best part
    Loved it, definitely worth it. We used a “GuideAlong” app and I highly recommend it! Made the entire trip worth it - no need to plan anything in advance, plus, the ride home is more interesting with all of the information provided. Make sure you drive 40 or so minutes past Hana to the national park - it was the best spot. Hike up to walk through a bamboo forest!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 May 2023
  • Kylee B
    62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views and waterfalls
    Beautiful views and waterfalls! Be sure to download a self guided tour. Make your reservation for the black sand beach and be prepared to pay for parking at certain stops. Bring lots of small bills for road side stands.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 May 2023
  • Sherpa23
    United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Forget the one day rush - give this spectacular road a few days of your time
    We spent four days exploring Hana and the area which this narrow, winding road passes through. So glad we had the time to do this and didn't have to rush through it in a day. Spectacular views, bamboo forests, dips in the waterfalls - all memorable. The arboretum was good but probably not worth it if you're short on time. The highlight was hiking the coast at Wai'anapanapa State Park and then cooling off with a swim back at the black sand beach - just fantastic. I highly recommend this BUT you need to make a reservation ahead in order to enter the park and you only (officially) get three hours there.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 June 2023
  • vrilluri
    4 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
    Travelled on business
    Written 17 June 2023
  • Leandro S
    Miami, Florida513 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 June 2023
  • Taylor Morris
    Boise, Idaho81 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 23 June 2023
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Debra B
Spanaway, WA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Fun drive, but be careful around blind curves. Almost got hit. A few places to stop on the way, but not many places to stop and take pictures, narrow 2 lane road, with lots of one way bridges. Stop for Hawaiian donuts and bbq pork.
Written 12 April 2024
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Susan H
Pompano Beach, FL101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
When we visited Twin Falls we didn’t realize we were on the infamous Hana Highway. On a whim we decided to take the challenge of driving it. The views of waterfalls and crashing waves on the shore are spectacular (for passengers in the car). The driver doesn’t have time to view the scenery as it is unending hairpin turns with several blind spots, which in some areas aren’t wide enough for cars to pass each other. We actually came across an electric company truck that had recently run off the road (there are steep hills with no guardrails in some spots). We were unprepared for the lack of things to do or see in Hana-the road there is definitely the attraction. We were also under the impression we would be going home a different route, but back up the Hana Highway was our only terrifying but beautiful option.
Written 7 April 2024
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Kitija G
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Today we experienced a real road rage - threatening with beisbol bat!

We were being yellad at from car behind us while we were driving at the speed limit. We let the car go and my husband yelled back while flipping finger at the guy. The guy stopped his white pickup truck in the middle of narrow road, already had a beisbol bat and was walking towards our car while swearing in unbelievable anger. My husband yelled “Sorry - I am just trying to have fun” and eventually he moved on.

We decided to turn around and not explore that part of Maui as we felt like the guy with a passenger, both were searching for a trouble. And that was the second incident on that road that day. Another incident almost caused a car crash - were the guy pulled ahead of us and barely made it before hitting the oncoming traffic on super windy road.

If you want a piece full adventure - do not take that road!
Written 7 April 2024
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bdewitz
Orlando, FL112 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
An amazing trip, a bit long, but incredible sightseeing. Get an audio app for the trip. Wear comfy shoes for hiking. Food on the road was “ehh” but ok.
Written 5 April 2024
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Aaron W
64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
It’s a long and twisty road but worth it in our opinion. We stopped and enjoyed the route and ate Banana bread and fresh brick oven pizza- enjoyed the black beach and beach in Hana. Very scenic!!!
Written 25 March 2024
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Courtnei C
Baton Rouge, LA13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We chose to drive ourselves instead of going with a tour group, etc. The drive wasn't bad, having experience with single lane bridges and driving up mountains. The one downside was wanting to stop, as the driver, to actually see all of the incredible views but my passenger took many videos that I was able to view later. Otherwise, there were plenty of areas to pull over and stop as often as we wanted to take in all of the beauty along the highway, which we did when time permitted.

As far as must see stops, we purchased a self driving tour, that we were able to download for offline use, that instructed us as to where all of the "must see" spots along the highway were. Definitely look into these before you go because I know the Wai'anapanapa State Park requires you to purchase a time slotted reservation ticket and they do not have any cell service in the area to purchase the ticket near at or near the park. Also, screenshot the ticket when you do purchase!

TIP: We started the drive late and ran into a road closure not long after we reached the end of the road to Hana and had to turn around and do the drive all over again to get back to our condo. I mention this because we were not aware of the road closure and I want to advise future travelers to start the drive early and end it by 4pm so that if you do have to turn around like us, you're not caught in complete darkness as we were. As beautiful as the waterfalls and everything was during the day, single lane bridges and roads become quite scary when your only light source are your high beams.

Also, if you plan on visiting Haleakala National Park at sunrise during your Maui visit, do the Road to Hana the day before and just car camp somewhere near the Park since it is a stop at the end of the Road to Hana.

Hope this helps.
Written 19 March 2024
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Sandi
Humble, TX7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
It’s not a bad drive at all…spectacular flora and ocean views. Several places to stop and get water/food/bathrooms. Hana itself is ok but not as much to do for us older people that don’t hike.
Written 13 March 2024
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Jodi M
Lethbridge, Canada324 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This is a beautiful drive with waterfalls, ocean views, beautiful trees and a roadside lava tube. It is full of LOTS of turns and single lane bridges, so the driver needs to be fully alert and naturally misses on some of the views. We didn’t have any issues with car sickness in our family.

We downloaded the Shaka app and purchased the Road to Hana map ($25 Canadian) and loved it. It provided history, told us about sites, suggested stops and kept us on time to ensure we weren’t driving in the dark.

Twin Falls - worth the stop and 40 minute hike. $10 to park. Porta potties available. Be prepared for rain. We wish we brought water shoes to cross the shallow creeks and water covered paths. You can swim at the water fall.

Halfway to Hana - famous banana bread (it was good not great). No bathrooms at this stop.

Waiʻānapanapa State Park - this was the highlight of our day. Black sands beach, sea cave, blow hole, etc. You need to make reservations and there is a park fee (I believe $10 for parking and then $5 per person).

Seven sacred pools - this is a national park and therefore an entry fee. $30 for a day pass, $80 for a national park pass for a year. This stop was a little disappointing. It wasn’t worth it for the extra hour of driving and the roads after Hana get worse.

Over all, we don’t regret doing it. It was a long day of driving and the teens in the back seat got bored.
Written 10 March 2024
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Carla W
Mariposa, CA12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Honest review for drivers and passengers. My husband is a career driver, lived on windy, single-lane mountain roads his while adult life. But not relaxing or enjoyable for him at all! Had to deal with others who don't know how to drive on that type of roads, as well as some of the locals who apparently don't ascribe to "island time" and want to tailgate. So he couldn't enjoy the scenery much.

I could enjoy most of it, but his frustration levels made it not very relaxing. The rainforest foliage was awesome and beautiful. But many of the stops were not as stop-worthy as described and unless you are actually taking the time to hike, eat a leisurely lunch or hang out at the beaches, not much to do at some of the stops besides stop and go "Wow, that's beautiful" and keep going. And if parking is tight, you can't see some even if you wanted to.

We had planned on mostly driving straight through to get to the Pipiwai trail and then stop other places on the way out. But we hadn't realized the falls on the trail are so variable in winter (makes sense, they don't have snow melt and rely on recent rainfall), so when we overheard someone say in the parking lot that the falls were unimpressive, we decided not to take the 2.5 hour hike.

On the way back out, we were fairly tired of driving the winding road and a bit disappointed, so decided to drive back to our lodging.

If you don't drive past Hana and have great patience, and you manage to make it to a couple of your "must see" stops, then give it a shot. But if you just do mostly driving and can't stop due to parking or your destinations having little water flow, etc, not so much.

My husband enjoys scenic driving, but he had to concentrate so much on the driving portion, he couldn't take in the scenery. Maybe paying to be on a tour would be an option so the driver can enjoy the trip, too.

Or taking 2 days to see it all, but really, we didn't feel that the payoff for all the driving would be worth it even then.

Bottom line- we didn't enjoy the journey enough to try again.
Written 3 March 2024
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Marieann D
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We took this tour as a last-minute replacement after being cancelled when our ship did not arrive in Maui on the previous day due to weather. Excellent tour with our guide Sean. Even though it was a shorter trip, I did not feel shortchanged in the least. We saw it all, waterfalls, black sand beach, beautiful views and a beach where there were over 100 turtles (according to the person there who counted). Word of caution: the original tour we booked does not want to issue full refund even though cancellation was due to weather and out of our control.
Written 28 February 2024
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