Road to Hana

The Road to Hana is one of the most famous drives in all of Hawai'i. It is a slow, winding road through a lush paradise. No one drives fast to Hana, unless you are a local. The whole reason to drive the road to to see the Hawai'i of your dreams.

The road starts near Kahului near the airport, and continues along the northern shore of the east portion of Maui to the town of Hana. Along the way there are waterfalls and waterfalls, and great views of the ocean and coastline. There are alot of one-land bridges to cross, and a few diversions along the way.

The road is over 40 miles long, and will take 3-4 hours (one way) to get to Hana. You can continue on past Hana to the 'Ohe'o Gulch (aka Seven Sacred Pools), and if you are daring, loop around the island. We would have completed the loop, except that the road was closed passed the Gulch due to a recent earthquake, so we had to turn around and drive back the way we came.

The drive takes most of the day, and you should plan on leaving early. If you leave later, then the route will be bogged down with many cars and the drive is distracting. We left our resort at 7am and got back around 4pm, with a few side diversions along the way.

One stop we took was to a small village of Nahiku. This meant driving down a gravel road for a few miles to reach the sea. We did not see anyone there, but there was a church and small graveyard nearby.

Before turning around, we went to the 'Ohe'o Gulch to relax in the pools. See the pictures in that section for more about that area.

Lower Puohokamoa Falls Upper Puohokamoa Falls Honomanu Bay
Lower Puohokamoa Falls Upper Puohokamoa Falls Honomanu Bay
A valley shrouded in mist The road along the coast More of Honomanu Bay
A valley shrouded in mist The road along the coast More of Honomanu Bay
The Ke'anae Peninsula The sign tells the story The Three Bears Falls
The Ke'anae Peninsula The sign tells the story The Three Bears Falls
Hanawi Falls Looking down Makapipi Falls The shore near Nahiku
Hanawi Falls Looking down Makapipi Falls The shore near Nahiku
The church at Nakiku The beach at Hana Bay Paihi Falls
The church at Nakiku The beach at Hana Bay Paihi Falls
Wailua Falls A cock on the Road to Hana Punalau Falls
Wailua Falls A cock on the Road to Hana Punalau Falls