Road to Hana: Top 13 places to stop.

When I spontaneous booked a flight to Maui from Vancouver back in 2015 I started googling on what to see and do on this beautiful island. One of the first things that popped up was the Road to Hana. After some research I decided I needed to do this road and I actually did it twice! The reason for that was that I wanted to explore more of Haleakala National Park which is at the very end of the road. So make sure you leave on time or make it a two-day trip!

If you want to do the Road to Hana in one day I would recommend starting your day really early.
I would recommend starting your trip at 7-7.30am from Paia with a full tank. Reason for this is that you will need your time and it gets dark around 6pm. Also if you leave later you will have to deal with a lot more tourists.

Here are my 13 must see stops.

1. Twin falls

The falls are a small walk from the parking place. When I was there the top was closed off because it was too dangerous to enter.
If you are up for it you can take a dip in here.

2. Waikamoi Nature Trail

If you want to stretch your legs then you can take a walk through the woods and enjoy some nice views. You can choose between a long or short walk.

3. Garden of Eden

This is a Botanical Garden where you can stroll around, feed the ducks and enjoy the views of the water falls.
Fun fact: they filmed the opening of Jurassic Park here!

4. Ke’anae Arboretum

If you think the Garden of Eden is to expensive you definitely have to stop here. You will find the rainbow eucalyptus here. Which I think is pretty cool to see. The Arboretum isn’t that big so you can make a quick stop here.

5. Halfway to Hana stand

Stop here to stretch your legs, get some banana bread and drinks for on the road. I also enjoyed watching the crazy ocean here.

6. Upper Waikani falls

Also called the 3 bears falls. You can take a picture from the bridge but if you are ready for bit of an adventure I would suggest climbing down to view the falls from closer by. I made my way down and I thought it was worth it but don’t do this with little kids.
Note: be very careful because there is no path. You have to make your own and it can be very slippery.

7. Hana lava tube

If you have time it is worth going to the lava tube. If you want to walk into the tunnel you have to pay $12,5 per person for the flash lights. It may be a bit expensive but I like history and thought it was worth it. Inside there are signs with more info. It takes about 30 min return. You will also find a maze here.

8. Wai’anapanapa State Park

Here you will find the black sand beach, blowhole and the legendary freshwater caves about the murder of Popo’alaea’s, wife of Chief Ka’akea. You can easily spend 45 min here. This spot is very popular which also means it’s very busy here but it is oh so beautiful.

Black Sand Beach

9. Red Sand Beach, Hana Town

This Red Sand Beach is a bit hidden. To get to this beach you have to go the grade school. when you have the school on your left go straight into the dead-end street. On your left you see some grass, somewhere in the bushes you will see an opening go in there and follow the path. You can take a swim here if the sea lets it. If you can’t find it, ask a local.
I couldn’t find it the first time and because I didn’t wanted to waste too much time I drove further but the second time I found it and I was so happy I did! It’s so beautiful and cool to see.

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10. Hamoa Beach

A beautiful beach to relax, picnic and surf.

11. Wailua Falls

This is a quick stop next to the road but worth it.

12. Haleakalã National Park

Here you will find the ‘Ohe’o Gulch also known as the Seven Sacred Pools. If the weather allows you, you can take a swim. As of right now,2017, the pools are closed indefinitely due to safety concerns with rockslides.
The Pipiwai Trail is a two-hour walk but worth it. You will walk through a Bamboo forest and at the end you will see the Waimoku Falls. Unfortunately you can’t swim in here. If you have visited the Haleakalã National Park before, for example the sunrise, then you can use you entry ticket to enter the park. If you like you can also camp here but this will cost you more.


‘Ohe’o Gulch also known as the Seven Sacred Pools


Bamboo forest

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Waimoku Falls

13. Palapala Ho’omau Church

If you aren’t ready to drive back you can drive a bit further and go see the Palapala Ho’omau Church where you will find Charles Lindbergh’s grave. Charles Lindbergh was an American aviator, author, inventor, military officer, explorer, and social activist.

 

Tips for the Road to Hana:

– Bring enough food and water. You can buy it on the road but it is better to have some extra with you.

– Bring cash because most stalls along the road only take cash.

– Bring hiking shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, your bathing suit and a towel with you.

– Fill up your car in Paia. Your next stop will be Hana and this can be expensive.

– You can also make this a two-day trip.

– Don’t forget your entry ticket of Haleakala National Park if you have one.

– Do some research before going on the Hana highway, Road to Hana.

 

Have you ever driven the Road to Hana? What did you think?

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26 Comments

  1. June 14, 2017 / 11:30 am

    I’m amazed by how lovely Hawaii looks. The lava tubes and rainforests are really lovely.

    • June 14, 2017 / 3:41 pm

      Maui is so beautiful. I would recommend it highly

  2. June 14, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    Hey Marlies.
    I loooooove Hawaii !!
    The only island that I haven’t been yet is exactly Maui.
    Hana looks amazing, and this is the king of adventures that I also like.
    The beaches, including the red one (i saw one red beach in Santorini), the waterfalls… wow
    Really nice post.
    Thx for sharing 🙂

    • June 14, 2017 / 3:40 pm

      Haha, I hope this posts wants you to book a flight to Maui soon 😉 I would love to visit the other islands as well. Thank you 🙂

  3. June 14, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    This looks beautiful. Hawaii has been on my list for like FOREVER! Sigh….just need to make those big bucks before it happens!

    • June 14, 2017 / 3:39 pm

      Same for me so when I had a couple day off in Vancouver I had to go to Hawaii and I am very happy I did 🙂 You will get there some day!

  4. June 14, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    What a wonderful post! I am actually preparing my trip to Hawaii now as I am going to October and this post is just perfect! Road to Hana is definitely something I am gonna have to do! Seems like you had an amazing weather on your trip!

    • June 14, 2017 / 3:38 pm

      Thank you and happy it came in time for your preparation of your trip! I hope this post helped! The weather was amazing, not to hot and not to cold 🙂

  5. Cali
    June 14, 2017 / 3:11 pm

    Such a useful blog post. I remember traveling part of the road to Hana on a trip with my family when I was in 7th grade. I think I could appreciate it A LOT more now!

    • June 14, 2017 / 3:37 pm

      Thank you! Oh yeah definitely. Maybe you should go back 😉

  6. June 14, 2017 / 5:50 pm

    Woah! this landscapes look stunning! would love to visit Hamoa Beach! From where else can you fly in to Maui? Thx in advance

    • July 16, 2017 / 7:56 pm

      I flew from Vancouver but I think you can also fly straight to Maui from the west coast of the US.

  7. June 14, 2017 / 6:19 pm

    wauw, wat een magnifieke plekjes som je hier op! prachtig!

    • July 16, 2017 / 7:56 pm

      Dank je 🙂 Het was echt prachtig.

  8. June 14, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    I only recently heard of the Road to Hana for the first time, but I am intrigued! Your photos make it took well worth the trip. It will definitely be on my list when I get to Hawaii.

    • July 16, 2017 / 7:57 pm

      It’s definitely a must when you are in Maui. I hope you get there some day 🙂

    • July 16, 2017 / 7:58 pm

      I also think this is a sign 😉 It is so beautiful there. Let me know when you get the explore Maui.

  9. June 15, 2017 / 1:09 am

    Oh wow! Your photos are spectacular! I’m the same as Josie from above. Only started seeing a bunch of photos of it on IG recently but now especially after reading this post, I definitely wanna pay a visit!

    • July 16, 2017 / 7:59 pm

      Thank you 🙂 Let me know when you do and how you liked it. I know you are going to love it though 😉 🙂

  10. June 15, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    Wow..this route itself is like a destination. With so many intermediate sites to visit. I love this kind of trip. Will like to take it sometimes. The waterfalls are particularly gorgeous.

    • July 16, 2017 / 8:00 pm

      Very true! So many waterfalls along this road! 🙂

  11. June 16, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    Great post, thanks for sharing these tips especially about having more than one day. The Red Sand Beach looks amazing!

    • July 16, 2017 / 8:01 pm

      Thank you 🙂 The Red Sand Beach is beautiful. Definitely worth the search.

  12. June 26, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    Prachtig zeg, ziet er echt fantastisch uit! Liefs.x

    • July 16, 2017 / 8:02 pm

      Dank je. Ja het is daar echt zo mooi!

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