Hana Highway - Road to Hana

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Hana Highway - Road to Hana

Hana Highway - Road to Hana
A scenic and often dangerous road popular with the more adventurous visitor.
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9,660 reviews
Very good

Jeff R
Louisville, KY31 contributions
Long day is TOTALLY worth it!
Jun 2021 • Family
We downloaded the Gypsy app and drove ourselves which made the drive super easy and allowed us to go at our own pace. It is a long trip/day and our 10 and 13 year olds were tired of being in the car. The trip is worth it and the app was superb, with one exception. It strongly recommended turning around after the Pipiwa trail. We decided to ignore the recommendation and continued on and we’re so excited we did. The road to this point was paved and afterwards there was uneven, pothole filled and dirt roads and much more of an adventurous feel. We were exhausted at then end. There are so, so many good stops that it is easy to run out of time. Choose wisely! Make sure you bring lots of water and snacks for the ride.
Written 25 June 2021
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Oklahoma City, OK88 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Wonderful day, beautiful views, would love to go back if we return to Maui. Download the app Shaka and start early so you can do the detours.
Written 23 June 2021
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Bailey G
Orlando, FL126 contributions
A Modern Day Journey of Adventure!
Jun 2021
The Road to Hana Highway is a fun adventure I would highly recommend if time permits.

The highway takes you through small towns, winding roads, tall cliffs and various must-do stops.

We only made a couple of stops, however the drive alone makes it worth doing!

If you can get a vehicle with 4X drive, I would recommend that. It also requires a driver who is midly skilled or, at least, highly aware while driving. Lots of tight roads, one-lane bridges, etc.

Make sure to check the stops before hand to see if reservations need to be made.
Written 21 June 2021
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Vicky F
los angles, ca15 contributions
Jun 2021
Highly recommend !! Although driving it I would only recommend to those who are confident drivers who do not get anxious really easily. If in doubt take a tour bus. Also recommend bringing Dramamine. Top Tips- Download the Gypsy app who will be your personal tour guide. I don’t know what we would have done w/out it ! Waianapanapa state park requires a reservation weeks in advance and is well worth the fee ! Just remember to screen shot your reservation QR code since there is no cell phone service for most of your drive. However, if you forget to screen shot your QR code like I did, I was advised to drive about 10min to the city of Hana where they have some cell phone reception to be able to access my email. We had a 10 hour long day but it was worth it !!
Written 20 June 2021
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Parker, CO118 contributions
Beautiful drive with lots to see and do
Jun 2021 • Friends
This road is beautiful. I was a little worried because I read so many reviews and blogs that say the road is treacherous. We didn’t find it to be difficult or scary but we’ve driven lots of Colorado mountain roads that are much scarier than this so maybe that’s why. If you’ve never driven a winding, steep road with narrow passages then this might be more frightening for you. Just take your time and be careful.
The sights and the views along this road are beautiful! There are more stops than you can possibly make in one day so plan ahead and decide on that you really want to see. You have to make reservations to go to the black sand beach - don’t wait til the last minute to do that.
We did encounter some rude locals - a man and his family were enjoying Ching’s pond and he was yelling at all tourists that they were on private property and they weren’t allowed to go down there. His mom was nasty too and said “I can do this allll day”. Obviously we skipped that one, not wanting to get into a confrontation. As far as I could find, it is not private property.
We also drove down Nahiku road - nice little side road but not any better than the main highway and we got the look of death from 2 locals that we drove by.
Other than that, we had a great time. Half way to Hana there’s a stand selling pineapples ans banana bread etc. the bread is $7 for a mini loaf but it’s REALLY good.
The rainbow eucalyptus trees are right around mile marker 7 and if it’s recently rained the colors are beautiful - definitely worth a stop.
There are so many water falls. We hiked down to the base of upper Waikiki falls. There are 2 ways down ans both are sketchy but doable. The water at the base of the falls is nice and of course a little chilly. Someone had dropped 2 lambs legs along one of the routes to get up/down which was a disgusting, smelly surprise. But it was easy to walk around them.
There was only one food place open at the Nahiku marketplace - they had smoked chicken and were also making ribs. We were disappointed that none of the other food places were open. Same bad luck once we got to the town of Hana. We finally found a Thai place that was open and their food was fantastic!!
I had read that there are lots of fruit stands along the highway but there were only 2 and they were only selling green apple bananas. Also disappointing.
We ended our drive by spending some time at Honomoa Bay. Absolutely beautiful but beware that the waves can be strong here. My husband and boys has fun body surfing - I had to pull them away so that we could drive back during daylight hours, ha ha. My daughter and I just enjoyed the beach.
Overall it was worth it - the area is lush with greenery and it’s exactly what you think of when you think of Hawaiian islands. It was frustrating that so many places were closed and there were some nasty locals but it’s still worth it to go. We were all exhausted and happy at the end of the day.
Written 19 June 2021
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21 contributions
Don't waste your vacation! Road closed!
Jun 2021
Do not even think of wasting your time with the road to Hana until you find out if the construction is complete. This is a narrow, often one-lane road and there is no way around the construction (and, by the way, they don't let you know the road is closed until you are there). First you waste at least a half hour or more driving from your hotel to start the road to Hana. We got exactly to mile marker 2 (a little passed the beginning) and then saw the first sign that said euphemistically "-construction, expect delays"). Their idea of delay is a complete, total stoppage. We sat completely still for 40 minutes! Several people got out of their cars and walked ahead to see where the blockage was and never returned. A few people came back after about 20 minutes and said it was blocked as far as they could see. We finally did a U-turn and gave up. We stopped at a gift store near the beginning and the lady said they were supposed to have a stop light on a 20 minute cycle, but we didn't see any cars coming from the other direction for 40 minutes except for a few stragglers who gave up and did U-turns like we did. There is so much more to the island--don't waste your vacation sitting in a parking lot on a stupid road.
Written 18 June 2021
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Toledo, OH100 contributions
A must do if you’re in Maui
Jun 2021 • Family
We used the Shaka guide app and it was so helpful. The road was busy and you have to be patient with parking at the stops because there often isn’t parking available. We skipped several things but it still took us a good 10 hours from Paia and back. We went about 1/2 hour past Hana. The drive is absolutely beautiful. The rainbow eucalyptus trees are so cool. We swam in waterfall ponds and my son jumped off a cliff at Venus pools. The black sand beach was crowded, but neat to see, as well as the blowhole and sea cave there. Sandy’s banana bread had a 20 min wait for bread (they were crowded!) so unfortunately we didn’t try it, but there are a handful of places to stop a grab a quick bite. We really enjoyed this trip and I would def do it again and try to stay the night in Hana, as I think this would provide the best overall experience.
Written 17 June 2021
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Jerri L
Johnston, IA1,532 contributions
Must See on Maui!
Jun 2021 • Couples
We purchased and downloaded the Shaka Guide - Maui and followed the Reverse Road to Hana. It is advised to have 10-12 hours to drive, explore and enjoy the entire trip, and it took us 10 hours with a few stops left off. We did explore and hike most of the waterfall and swimming hole stops, enjoyed the hulihuli chicken lunch, enjoyed lots of breathtaking views and took lots of pictures! The road gets very narrow - single lane in areas, lacks guardrails in areas, is paved and dirt intermittently in areas so be sure you have a confident driver. The locals know the road and definitely drive much faster so don’t hesitate at pulling over (where it is safe) and letting them pass by… they will actually blow by you and they aren’t all patient - you may get a honk and if you can’t pull aside, they will find a way to pass. We started in Kula around 8AM as advised. The first part of the drive goes along the coast with views of the shoreline, wind farm and cinder cones. It is rugged and here we saw many mountain goats, stopped at the natural sea arch (if you don’t know it’s there you will miss it), a gulch and the first falls Alelele Falls (a somewhat hidden 1/2 mile hike to a beautiful falls and swimming pool). From there the road took us to Haleakala National Park (entrance fee $30/vehicle) where we hiked the Pipiwai Trail (two falls total - at the peak a 450+ foot beauty, a monster banyan tree and the bamboo forest) and the Point hike which offered views of the O’he’o Gulch, and 7 sacred pools along with some history. The fruit stands were very busy - offering fresh fruit, banana bread and other baked goods - so we passed them by, but we did stop for lunch (around 2pm) at the hulihuli chicken stand on Koki Beach with ocean views. There are numerous falls and swimming hole hikes after that and some of these as pointed out in the guide are on privately owned land (do at your own risk). The one on EMI land we hiked and saw a half dozen others going in or out as well. We stopped and explored the Ka’eleku Caverns and the secret lava tube cave, (Shaka Guide pointed it out - not the one where a fee is charged). We walked through to the back entry and found a cute little stream and trail back to the road not far from where we had entered… so cool! Use your cell phone flashlight or take a small light to get through the whole way, it gets dark. We stopped at Wailua Valley State Wayside Park to stretch our legs, enjoy more hiking and falls (there are restrooms). We took in the Ke’anae Peninsula view from above, and stopped at a few more pullouts to capture views, falls and water pools. We ended our tour in Paia Town 10 hours later, exhausted from the day but filled with memories and pictures. Note: there are tickets/registrations needed for some areas (black sand beach, sunrise at Haleakala Crater) and some areas it is advised you stop and take pictures, but not d we plots for safety reasons. There was also road construction which held up travel. Check out everything before going, but definitely a must see! I suffer from terrible motion sickness and was worried, but took 2 Non-drowsy motion sickness pills before heading out and was absolutely fine!
Written 17 June 2021
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Yury K
South Dennis, MA12 contributions
Driving through paradise.
Jun 2021 • Couples
After reading so much about this trip, I guess we were ready for anything. Good thing we did. You have to be well prepared to accomplish the mission. Just a few tips: download Gypsy Guide app before you go, leave early (before 7), be patient and respectful to others on the road, go for another 40 min after passing Hana. The whole thing is amazing, if you don’t mind driving in extremely exciting conditions for 12 hours.
Written 16 June 2021
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jack a
Menifee, CA140 contributions
Our trip to Hana
Jun 2021
Got to see the rainbow eucalyptus tree.located at mile 7 On a curve on ocean side. There is a stand of them On both sides but you have to be alert. There is some c obstruction going on can be slow.went to blackened beach. Don't use ports pottis. Not been serviced in days no toilet paper. View is great both directions.
Written 16 June 2021
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