The Road To Hana

One of the most famous treks in Maui is the famed Road to Hana. This nearly 65-mile stretch of Highways 36 and 360 takes you from Kahului to Hana and can take anywhere from 5 hours as much as a full day to complete—one way. Along the way you will pass multiple attractions, 59 bridges, and more than 600 curves that make the drive one of the most dangerous you’ll ever make.

Hana Kai Maui Condos are the place to stay at the end of "The Road To Hana".

Included in this ultimate road trip are incredible cascading waterfalls, black-sand beaches, lush and unspoiled rainforests, as well as decidedly un-urban Hawaiian villages.

Remember that the Road to Hana isn’t just a journey, it’s also a destination by itself. Either way, you’ll see some of the most breathtaking scenery in Hawaii, so don’t forget your cameras. Take your time, do a little planning, and remember to enjoy the ride.

Transportation

There are two ways to visit and ride the Road to Hana—by rental car, or by tour vans. Both have their advantages.

Many people choose to rent a vehicle. You can drive at your own pace and stop whenever and wherever you like to experience the incredible views and beautiful beaches.

However, this treacherous drive is VERY slow going, and it’s not for the faint of heart.

If you decide to drive yourself, remember to take your time, dress comfortably, bring water and snacks, and plan to take the entire day.

The Road to Hana has also been nicknamed “Divorce Highway,” since the slow, careful driving has caused many heated arguments among couples. You won’t be able to enjoy the sights because of the incredible focus you’ll need to drive on this nail-biting highway.  

Don’t to ruin your relationship—take a tour van.

Leave the driving to someone with experience driving one of the world’s most arduous roads. Van drivers drive The Road frequently, so they navigate the curves, one-lane bridges and winding roads with ease. There is a schedule, but you’ll be able to relax and take in some of the beautiful features of Maui’s scenery, including the famed The Seven Sacred Pools, while someone local helps you truly enjoy The Road.

What To See On The Road

Here are a few highlights of the many notable places on The Road.

Your first stop is a little place called Paia Town, where you’ll fuel up both yourself and your vehicle, with lunch, snacks, coffee and other supplies.

Twin Falls at Mile Marker #2 comes shortly thereafter, with a large swimming area and incredible waterfalls. This popular area is usually crowded, and can be subject to flash floods, and access is closed if it becomes dangerous. The farm stand at the front offers freshly picked fruit, smoothies, banana bread and other treats, and the sale of these items supports the facility and allows it to remain free of charge.

Hikers will enjoy the Waikamoi Ridge Trail at Mile Marker #9.5. This incredible area has two trails—one takes 10 minutes, the other takes 30. Despite the mud, it’s a beautiful hike in an area with plenty of trees.

The Garden of Eden Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located at Mile Marker #10, and includes some amazing sights like the 100-year-old mango tree, a banana patch, an enchanted forest, and others. Although this area charges admission, you’ll be able to experience this entire area with some of the most beautiful views anywhere.

At Mile Marker #41 is the Palapala Ho’omau Church, a small building nestled in lush foliage with a small park that includes Charles Lindberg’s final resting place.

Fresh banana bread is a popular treat and is available everywhere, so make sure to try some. Bananas thrive here, banana bread has become as much a staple food as bananas. Local bakeries use a wide range of recipes with the “Aloha” baked right in.

While you’re on The Road To Hana, please be respectful of the land, the people, and the surroundings.  

Your Place At The Hana Kai Maui Is At The End Of The Road To Hana

However, you get here, we’re happy to see you. Hana Kai Maui’s comfortably designed beachfront condos on Waikaloa Beach are ready to meet you when you reach our friendly little town. Whether a romantic getaway for two or a family vacation, we’re ready to make your Maui visit the best ever.

Call to book your next reservations at 1-800-346-2772, or book directly online. We’re open 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Hawaii time to answer all of your questions.