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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  • Flyer223774
    Vancouver, Washington14 contributions
    Beautiful area but not so nice if you get car sick!
    Did the Road to Hana a year earlier with 3 adults and enjoyed exploring the area and buying yummy breads. We decided to take our 3 grands with us this year. Not a great choice as 2 of them (age 11 & 8) got car sick. Never made it to the park - stopped at "Garden of Eden" and enjoyed walking and taking pictures. The grands said they never wanted to go back to "The Road to Hana"! Make sure no one gets car sick before making the long drive.
    Visited January 2023
    Written March 3, 2023
  • suzette54
    35 contributions
    Beautiful Sunday drive
    Beautiful drive to Hana today. The guide book said to go early, but we didn’t head there until after 10:00 on a Sunday, and the traffic was very light. This made it much more relaxing. I love the tropical plants and trees, the ocean views, and the waterfalls and rivers. Don’t try to beat the crowds.. you probably won’t… so go a little later after they have gone, and Sunday seemed to be a good choice. Some restaurants closed, but we found food, and it was fine.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 5, 2023
  • Cathy M
    Winston Salem, North Carolina19 contributions
    Great day on the Road to Hana but spend 2 days not 1
    Used the GyPSy app - it was great. Very clear, specific, and informative. Breathtaking views along the road to Hana, really enjoyed the pools and waterfalls, stopped at the Garden of Eden - SO WORTH IT! Gorgeous flora, huge variety of plant life, and some of the best views of the whole day. Even my teens really liked it! I would definitely recommend the road to Hana, the GyPSy app, and stopping off at the Garden of Eden. We thought we'd get motion sickness from the curvy roads but didn't. Went on a Thursday in Mar 2023. No traffic! All told we spent 12 hrs from start to finish (didn't go all the way around). Wish we'd had 2 more hrs of daylight! Had a pass for the Haleakala State Park but didn't make it before it closed. If I did the Road to Hana again I'd break it up over 2 days.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 20, 2023
  • Gilcro
    Menlo Park, California74 contributions
    Take your time
    Very cool road trip. I would highly recommend downloading the road to hana app. It is very informative and interesting narrative companion for a road trip filled with little hidden gems along the way. If you do this road trip, leave early and take your time. It's not a race so enjoy yourselves. It's an all day event so plan on it. Waterfalls are along the way as are swimming holes so bring your swimsuits and towels. You can drive all the way around on the backside ( 5 mile stretch is unpaved ) . Not recommended for rental cars. Expected time is 3 hours each way
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 28, 2023
  • Marco3079
    Victoria, Canada15 contributions
    Circumnavigate Haleakala clockwise!
    The road to Hana was great but being able to park and visit sites was severely limited, it appears there’s not a lot of water rushing down streams right now anyway so we were content to keep going. You MUST go to Aunt Sandy’s for banana bread. Turn left at first left turn on the road, you’ll see the point sticking out into the Pacific from the steep coast as you approach approx mile 20. Lots and lots of switch backs and narrow one lane bridges but you’ll get the hang of it. Hana was interesting, there’s even a golf resort now with beautiful accommodations. My 5 star rating was the road that continued from Hana all the way around the Eastern end of Maui. Much less traffic but be prepared for a very bumpy, scary road that clings to the volcanic cliffs in many places. Thrilling drive especially in a convertible as you glide under huge trees, steep jungle clad cliffs, waterfalls, narrow bridges and stunning vistas. Eventually you’ll reach a black top ribbon through mile after mile of cattle country and a steep volcanic gulch. Spectacular drive that circumnavigates Haleakala volcano that feels like you’ve gone back in time to an earlier Maui.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written March 29, 2023
  • Eman K
    3 contributions
    The Road to Hana is a beautiful and worthwhile drive to make!
    This is a beautiful drive! We drove from Kihei to Hana, made stops for views and hikes along the way, and it took us about 7 hours. We arrived in Paia around 7:15 and an early start felt perfect for this drive. There are lots of twists and turns, but the drive is not treacherous (at least to Hana) as some reviews make it seem. There are some blind turns, but just drive slowly. The one-way bridges are easy to pass, too. Hana itself wasn’t a super interesting town - it’s much more about the beautiful drive to get there.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 5, 2023
  • tbeast1963
    3 contributions
    60th Birthday at a 400 foot waterfall!
    I traveled the road to Hana for my 60th Birthday. Of course it’s beautiful, lots of stops with waterfalls, went inside a 1/4 long section of an old lava tube cave, stayed a night in Hana. The next morning got up and drove to the state park and hiked to the 400 foot waterfall. The one thing you should know if you are older is this road is very tricky to drive. It takes hours to traverse. Over 600 hair pin curves, 56 single lane bridges you need to take turns crossing over. Very narrow and at times I personally was nauseated. I also suffer from vertigo and that didn’t help. I’m glad I did it but probably wouldn’t if I were to return to Maui again. Definitely super fun for the fit and adventurous types!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written April 5, 2023
  • makeitso4u
    Chicago, Illinois527 contributions
    Amazing sites from Waterfalls to Black sand beaches
    Loved driving the road to Hana! We went about Noon and had no traffic at all and was able to pick and choose the great sites. From waterfalls to beaches it was amazing and we lucked out with the weather. We also stayed in Hana and that made it so much better. Form food trucks to the General store you can't go wrong with the true Hawaiian town. Driving back is much easier. Make a reservation for the black sand beach and visit the lava caves. This whole place is magical!!!
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 6, 2023
  • RoP
    Los Angeles, California46 contributions
    Take a guided tour or stay the night!
    The road to Hana has dramatic tropical beauty. I am happy I went, but I will not go again. Here is why: 1. The road is exhausting and stressful even if you are not driving. 2. There are equally or more beautiful places all around the USA and the world. It does not make sense to see the same place twice when is so much more to see. Hana itself is a quaint pretty little town. I would not have minded staying in its only hotel for a couple of nights. If you ever decide to drive all the way, at least do yourself a favor and stay the night. This way, you won’t end up exhausted.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 6, 2023
  • Rebecca B
    Mount Pleasant, North Carolina698 contributions
    Be aware and drive carefully
    Before we left for Hawaii I watch many YouTube videos of people driving the highway so I'd know what to expect. This really helped me know where the bad curves were and how to navigate my way all the way around the loop. If you get on the Hana Highway early you will miss traffic but also miss certain food stands or activities due to them opening at 9 or after. This Highway is an absolutely beautiful drive going from the lush rainforest to the desert of Maui. It's such a fast difference in the landscape from one side of the island to the other. I can say the road on the backside is not that bad but some of the curves on the beach side cliffs don't have much of a guardrail and you do have to take them slow using your horn to alert oncoming cars that you can't see. Make sure to plan for at least 5 hours with no stops to go around the whole loop. Go and see......beautiful scenery awaits you.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 9, 2023
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M C
2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
This drive on narrow, winding road is truly amazing. Surrounded by lush greenery and waterfalls and beautiful foliage, it’s a must if you are visiting Maui.
Written February 20, 2024
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Dan D
2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
The staff was very professional, helpful and friendly. They made sure that your equipment was on correctly and comfortable. Carlos was especially helpful and very friendly. I would recommend this tour.
Written February 17, 2024
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Virginia P
5 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
The Road to Hana was a terrifying experience for my husband and I. We thought that we understood that there would be some tight curves, but not the incredibly narrow roads, bridges and curves that can often only accommodate 1 vehicle. Not to mention the school buses that you may encounter, like we did. I was literally in tears after that. Unless you are an adrenaline junkie, it is not worth the stress. It is very hard to stop to see any of the water falls due to very limited parking. The only thing that I enjoyed along the way was the Garden of Eden.
Written February 15, 2024
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Rachel D
2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
The views are beautiful but it is very long and windy, easy to get car sick. Waterfalls around the road are beautiful. One waterfall and the red sand beach in Hana said no trespassing locals only. Road closed at the end so you cannot get around the island. This affected our itinerary when trying to access the volcano and the time we allotted to see it. Would recommend staying a night on that side of the island should you decide to go. Doing it in one day is too much. We also Enjoyed the bamboo first trail
Written February 13, 2024
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L2912UBs
Melbourne, Australia765 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
“Why would you?”

Why would anyone do this drive and think it’s great.

Summary - leave early at 0700-0730, spend the next 2 hours driving on overly ludicrous windy road with the odd coastline glimpse, rest weeds grass and nothing.

Road is not in good condition.

Drive is boring.

Unlike the Italian Spanish Australian coastline drives, even the Great Ocean Road drive does not require constant hairpin bends like this.

Did I mention it’s boring?

Road is narrow, single lane including many single car bridges.
Once you get to the other end of a tiny town you turn around and go back.

The road has been blocked at the end so you cannot continue around the island.

Do a whale tour instead.
Written February 12, 2024
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Harley W
11 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Spectacular views of waterfalls, the ocean, tropical forest and more. Worthwhile to go beyond Hana to zones Gulch. It is a long drive, enjoy the journey and allow an entire day. Start early in the morning. However, twisting and winding mountain roads with single lane bridges not for the faint of heart. If you are not a confident and careful driver, go with a tour company. If you plan to drive yourself, check the condition of your rental vehicle’s tires. We had a blowout on worn tires and were stranded in the middle of nowhere with no cell reception. Make sure your cell phone has satellite SOS capability.
Written February 10, 2024
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Edge Of The Bea... R
Pawleys Island, SC5 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
To say this road is winding is an understatement. The road that are not able to have two cars side by side.
I thought it could be dangerous with bikes
and some people speeding! We did not hit much traffic although we did run into construction on the road that was backed up. There are hairpins turns in many places!! Roads are extremely narrow and winding!!

If you are driving to hike I think you may enjoy it much more than we did. We saw twin falls and it was beautiful the over looks over the ocean are gorgeous and the lush greenery was as well. But I did not see Aunt Sandy’s Banana bread or Sebastian or any food trucks.
There was really nothing much to do, So bring a bring a cooler and snacks.

We turned around after two hours. A kind employee at twin falls said to go to marker 22 a little past the Half way to Hana sign, we were glad we did…. Gorgeous water falls and people were swimming in them.
All in all it was a 4 hour trip for us
with very little lingering. It would have been another few hours to drive it all.
We wanted to see the west side of Maui and only had one day off the cruise ship ( due to weather).

If you have two days and are prepared to spend a lot of time driving, Stay overnight in Hana to enjoy the long tedious ride/drive.

I loved the west side of Maui best and we did not even see the best parts where I would had liked to have gone whale watching!!

Most everywhere in Hawaii is beautiful.

Mahalo

Though I did see two whales from a distance!! They jumped way out of the water!
Written February 10, 2024
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ThatSwedishGuy
Petaluma, CA5 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
When they say its a winding road, it is a huge understatement. There are many one lane bridges and zero opportunity to pass. Going to Hana we were in a long string of cars with a very slow driver at the front. We actually averaged less than 15 miles an hour so it took many tedious hours. Coming back the road was clear and it was almost a fun drive.
Written February 8, 2024
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Emily O
2 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Do NOT go on the Road to Hana (unless you’ve planned to stay overnight part way through). You absolutely do not have enough time to see the sites to make the 9 hours you will spend in the car worthwhile, unless you stay the night midway through.

We were excited to do this as a family and because my husband had a magical, memorable experience 20 years ago… we didn’t research much beforehand! What a mistake!

First, Maui is in a drought, so many of the waterfalls/pools are dried or a small trickle. Not only that, but much has been blocked off, roped off, or no longer accessible (EX: Seven Sacred Pools).

The scenery is of course still very gorgeous. However, it doesn’t begin to make up for the 9 hours of driving and 1240 hairpin turns (yep, 1240 if you go back out the way you came in!)

Everything is ridiculously overpriced! $10 for a tiny scoop of ice cream. $9 for banana bread. $20 for state park access, $30 for national park access, etc etc etc.

Things have changed! Hana ought to be a ticketed, one way clockwise for tourists with an encouraged night stay in Hana (I guess, if it’s even worth it then). As it is you see almost nothing and spend the entire day in the car.

Lots of rude, road raging drivers or way too slow of drivers.

I truly cannot overstate how disappointing and a waste of a day in Maui the Road to Hana feels like.

We drove it with a 7 year old and 9 year old. All but the driver took two Dramamine (one on the way in, one on the way out).
Written January 24, 2024
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Patti G
Zion, IL1 contribution
Dec 2023 • Family
My trip to Maui and taking the Hana road trip was one of the most beautiful, exciting, breathe taking, and adventurest trips I've ever traveled. The air was fresh. The greenery is lush and full. The people are beautiful and kind, and best part was I traveled it with my son Alex. I live in Illinois and to visit my son (lives on Maui and is a Sous Chef at Merrimans...amazing food!) and spend the time with him showing me the most beautiful places on Maui is/was a gift to me.
Go to Maui see all you can see. It will be the BEST gift you give yourself and whomever goes with you.
Written January 22, 2024
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