Profile of Hana, Maui

From its beginnings as a sugar-cane plantation in 1849, to a tourist getaway starting in the 1930’s, Hana has become “Maui’s little secret.” 

This tiny town on the eastern tip of Maui is one the most isolated parts of the island, as well as one of the most unspoiled areas of Hawaii. Hana is slower paced and more distanced from the city and hasn’t lost its sense of “being Hawaiian.” Even with a population of about 1,000, the spirit of Aloha is always there, along with the lush green environment, coastline and rainforest that’s one of the wettest spots on earth.

Musician Pat Benetar and named her second daughter “Hana,” and owns a home here, and so did George Harrison. Charles Lindberg retired here and was buried in the area in 1970.

The Road To Hana

So what makes Hana so special? Maybe it’s the friendly people, miles of open land, black-sand beaches, and historical sites. Maybe it’s the famous Road To Hana that takes you through some of the most beautiful waterfalls, untouched landscapes and incredible views you won’t see anywhere else.

Hana is one of those places that isn’t easy to get to. Although you fly into Kahului Airport from the US Mainland, you’ll take the Road to Hana in order to reach this beautiful escape from civilization. The Road to Hana is a 52-mile drive that can take as long as four hours to reach. The road isn’t a straight-and-narrow freeway you see at home.

Hawaii’s Highway 360 is a myriad of right turns, small, one-lane bridges and other roadway obstacles that make the journey a little slower than a straight freeway drive. But along the way you’ll be treated to amazing island views, and beautiful places to stop and explore like the Ho’okipa Beach Park, the Huelo Lookout, and Wailua Falls, just to name a few.

Shopping, Hawaiian Style

The Nahiku Marketplace is the island version of “destination shopping.

This little village market area offers locally made food, souvenirs and gifts, home décor, artwork, and handmade jewelry. A stop here offers a wide range of food and drink including coffee, fresh coconut water and juices, as well as tasty seafood and sweets made from ingredients sourced from the island.

Food trucks also offer different types of regional food, right on the side of the road. You never know what you might find here, so it’s worth a stop.

Cultural Center and Museum

This three-part center focuses on historical aspects of life in Hana, including a museum (complete with a gift shop), a functional courthouse that is still used for local matters and is on the National Register of the Historic Places, and the Kauhale O Hana, an replica of an ancient living compound on the museum grounds.

Filled with information, artifacts and “slice of life” information, the center also hosts regular cultural events including music, crafts, food, a farmer’s market and a silent auction.

The center also hosts KOKO FM Radio, a low-power community radio station that features Hawaiian cultural programming. It’s available locally over the air, or worldwide by online streaming.

Visit The Real Hawaii In Hana

Whether you’re planning your next vacation, a honeymoon, or you would like to visit somewhere unique and truly off the beaten path, Hana is the place for you. With tropical greenery, beautiful scenery everywhere and a distinct lack of big buildings and houses, Hana will make your vacation dreams come true.

Hana Kai Maui is ready to welcome you to our vacation condos right on the beach with a full range of amenities, including full kitchens, free Wi-Fi, and private lanais (balconies) for you to enjoy the sights and the island life. You can book online quickly, or call us at 1-800-346-2772 for more information. We’re open daily from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm (local time,) 7 days a week.

Why Choose Hana, Maui For Your Hawaii Trip?

Of all the places in Hawaii, or even just on Maui, that you could visit, why would you choose Hana? There are a number of reasons, depending on what you want to get out of your Hawaiian vacation. After a very long trip from the US, you want to make every minute of your trip count.

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Of course, there are public beaches nearly everywhere in Maui. Beyond the sun and the surf, this jewel of Maui County can offer things that you won’t find in many other places.

What makes Hana so special?

It’s A Beautiful Tropical Rainforest

Hana sits on the east side of the island of Maui, and is one of the wettest places on earth. The average rainfall is close to 80 inches, and the temperatures stay between 65F and 85F year-round.

You’ll see beaches with red and black sands, bamboo forests, waterfalls jungle areas, and amazing groves of rainbow eucalyptus trees you’ll have to see to believe. Hanging vines that cover your drive from the airport. Palm trees, lava rock coast, and the sound of crashing waves are just part and parcel of going to and staying in Hana.

Visit the Hana Cultural Center & Museum for a tour of real Hawaii. You can also visit places like the Wai’anapanapa State National Park, or the Haleakala National Park, for even more rainforest sights and experiences.

It Isn’t A Big City

In fact, Hana is a small town that has worked hard to preserve the native Hawaiian way of life in spite of urbanization in other parts of the Islands.

There are no high-rise buildings, suburbs, or other big-city developments. No public transportation or “hot touist spots,” either. This is a city where you can truly get away from everything, and enjoy your time with nature.

Hana is a place you’ll want to stay for a few days, at least. How else would you get to see just the places and things we have to offer?

The Famous Road To Hana Is An Attraction By Itself

Huge, towering waterfalls like no other. Beautiful landscapes that are as incredible nature intended. You’ll see this and more on The Road To Hana, which is part journey and part destination during your visit.

This 60-mile long excursion is carved into the cliffs of a rainforest along the Pacific coastline. This ride takes as long as four hours, and it’s not for the faint of heart. This breathtaking journey is best with someone who knows how to drive it. The right driver or tour guide will get you there and point out the amazing things you’d miss if you were driving yourself. As one of the most famous road trips in the world, you don’t want to miss anything.

Prefer to drive yourself? Hang on tight! Rent a convertible, but be ready for anything, including rain. It’s a rainforest, after all!

Hana Kai Maui Condominiums  

We make it easy to come visit Hana for a day, a week, or longer. Our beachfront property offers studio to two-bedroom condos with full kitchens and other amenities to make your stay unforgettable. Call to book your next reservations at 1-800-346-2772. We’re open 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Hawaii time.

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