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.