When on Maui, the road to Hana is an absolute must see! Even if you own a home on Maui, this is a trip you will want to do again and again. The destination and the journey are an experience to remember. We highly recommend renting a car and driving yourself, so that you can take leisurely pauses along the way and explore some of Maui’s stunning waterfalls and beaches. This journey is restorative for the mind and body.
The best part of the 52-mile (84 kilometer) long road to Hana is undoubtedly the untouched nature along the way.The drive from Lahaina to Hana will be about four hours. The road has 617 curves and 59 one-lane bridges, but don’t let this deter you. Sights along the way will captivate you with natural beauty ensuring a leisurely ride. Check out all your sightseeing options beforehand, for stress free travel.
One of our favorite places to stop for the first rest break is the Garden of Eden Arboretum, a lush 25-acre garden brimming with indigenous plant species and exotic flora. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children. Don’t forget to check out the 100-year-old mango tree!
What better place to explore a 960 year-old molten lava tube than on Maui? At mile marker 31, pause to explore the Hana Lava Tube. The tour is self guided and takes approximately 40 minutes. Entry for those 5-years and up is $11.95. Wear shoes with good grip, as the cave floors can be slippery.
Of course, coastal driving naturally calls for a stop at the beach. For this we choose Wai'anapanapa State Park, which offers Pa'iloa Beach, freshwater caves, over 34 ancient sites, hiking and camp grounds. Pa'iloa Beach is a unique black sand beach that is famous on Maui for it’s striking contrast with the ocean. If you want to camp in east Maui then Wai'anapanapa is the place to go.
We encourage you to take your time on the road to Hana and explore sights you find along the way. On "Hawaii time" any schedule goes out the window! Remember to pack water, food, a swimsuit, jacket and Dramamine for those who battle carsickness.There are food stops along the way, such as the Halfway to Hana Stand at mile marker 7 in case you’re craving a cheeseburger, kalua pork plate or shave ice! For more information visit www.hanamaui.com. You can also view the National Geographic’s choice of pit stops.