The road to Hana is one of Maui’s great wonders. It’s not about the destination; it’s about the journey. Although of course, the destination is also amazing. The road to Hana is 52 miles of natural beauty. Get ready for an all day excursion!
The best way to experience the famous road to Hana is with a rental car. This will allow you and your family to take leisurely pauses along the way and explore some of the stunning waterfalls, coastal views and beaches.
The drive from Lahaina to Hana is about four hours. The road has 617 curves and 59 one-lane bridges. While this sounds intense, the ride is absolutely breathtaking and you’ll likely make many stops along the way. Pinpoint sites you’d like to see in advance for stress free travel.
You could consider a rest break at mile marker 10. The Garden of Eden Arboretum is a 25-acre garden teeming with indigenous plants and exotic flora. Admission at the time of writing is $15 dollars for adults and $5 dollars for children. The garden is also home to a 100-year-old mango tree.
At mile marker 31, explore the Hana Lava Tube, a 960 year-old molten lava tube. The tour is self guided and takes approximately 40 minutes. Entry for those 5-years and up is $11. 95. The cave floors can be slippery so watch the weather and wear good shoes.
At mile marker 32, shortly after the lava tube, is Wai’anapanapa State Park. If you want to camp on the way to Hana, this is a prime location. Camp Maui-X is an option if you are looking for gear to adventure camp. Here you’ll also find Pa’iloa Beach (a black sand beach), freshwater caves, ancient sites and hiking trails. Please keep in mind that camping in non-designated areas may be prohibited, and you should check with the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources for options.
Remember to pack water, food, a swimsuit, jacket and Dramamine for passengers who get carsick. 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!
If you are still looking for just the right place to stay during your Maui trip, contact Kahana Village today!