The most popular day trip on Maui, Hawaii, is the famous Road to Hana. This world-renowned route connects Kahului with the town of Hana and features 600 curves, 59 bridges, and countless attractions along the way. Winding through Maui’s lush, tropical rainforest, you’ll see everything from black sand beaches and waterfalls to unique roadside stands. It’s one of the best ways to explore the island! Check out our favorite Road to Hana stops below and access our free Vacation Guide for even more suggestions.
Visit These Incredible Road to Hana Stops
Before you begin your journey, you’ll need to rent a car. We recommend bundling your car rental with your flight and picking it up at Kahului Airport. We also suggest downloading GyPSy Guide. This helpful GPS tour application offers suggestions for scenic lookouts, places to eat, rest areas, and more. It’s available for download from the app store on your mobile device.
1. Paia Town | First Stop
Paia is the last town you pass before starting your trip clockwise to Hana. Lots of people choose to pull over here for coffee, gas, and a snack from Mana Foods. This store is recognized for its wide variety of local, organic products and is the perfect place to pick up some goodies for your trip.
2. Twin Falls | Mile Marker #2
Just past Paia, Twin Falls is a good place to stop if you’ve started the drive early. (Otherwise, you may want to skip it in favor of bigger, more impressive waterfalls later on.) The hike to the waterfall is easy and beautiful, and there’s a farm stand selling coconut water, banana bread, and smoothies at the entrance. It’s definitely worth a quick peek.
3. Garden Of Eden Arboretum | Mile Marker #10
Maui’s Garden of Eden is one of our favorite attractions. Stroll the impeccably-kept grounds, which offer ocean views and all kinds of photo ops — including a 100-year-old mango tree! In addition to the botanical garden, guests can explore a local art gallery, enchanted forest, and bird feeding area. The garden is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
4. Pua’a Kaa State Wayside Park | Mile Marker #22
The Road to Hana is long and often takes a full day to complete. So, it’s important for drivers to relax and recharge. This rest stop offers a quick hike to a waterfall and freshwater pool, as well as bathrooms and a picnic area. It’s a great place to stretch your legs!
5. Nahiku Marketplace | Mile Marker #29
By now, you’re probably ready for lunch. Be sure to check out the Nahiku Marketplace. This little roadside market has beautiful gifts like handmade jewelry, clothing, and artwork. It’s also a lovely place to enjoy a meal; you’ll find several food trucks selling everything from kalua pork tacos to Thai food. Don’t forget to buy a bag of toasted coconut chips from Coconut Willy!
6. Lava Tube | Mile Marker #31
The Hana Lava Tube, also known as Ka’Eleku Caverns, provides a wonderful adventure for families and couples alike. Self-guided cave tours are available seven days per week and take about 40 minutes. Plus, the handrails and comfortable temperature make this activity fun, safe, and easy for visitors of all ages.
How to Get There: Around the 31-mile marker, turn left on ‘Ula’ino Road and drive for less than half a mile. On the left, you’ll see a place to get flashlights for the massive lava tube!
7. Wai’anapanapa State Park | Mile Marker #32
The most popular Road to Hana stop (besides Hana Town) is Wai’anapanapa State Park. Between the sea caves, hiking trails, and a stunning black sand beach, you can easily spend an entire day here. We recommend hiking the loop trail and taking a refreshing dip in the ocean before continuing your journey to Hana.
8. Hana Town | Mile Marker #34
Historic Sophia’s Church marks your arrival into Hana, where the pastures roll right up to the main street. Hana is considered “Real Hawaii” by many and has remained relatively unchanged compared to the rest of the island’s development. The town is quiet, beautiful, and full of history. Some of our favorite attractions include:
- Hana Beach Park
- Hana Cultural Center & Museum
- Hale Piilani, the state’s largest Hawaiian temple
- Hasegawa General Store and Hana Ranch Store
- Ka’uiki Restaurant
- Travaasa Spa
9. Wailua Falls | Mile Marker #45
Wailua Falls is Maui’s most photographed waterfall and is an absolute must-see. Cascading 80 feet down the side of a lush jungle, this is one of the island’s most accessible and majestic falls. Feel free to admire it from the road or take a dip in the plunge pool below.
10. Hamoa Beach | Mile Marker #50
Consistently named one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Hamoa Beach is surrounded by shady trees and sea cliffs. It’s a few miles past Hana and offers a secluded oasis away from the crowds. Guests enjoy swimming, body surfing, and boogie boarding in the turquoise waves, and restrooms and showers are available. Keep in mind that there are no lifeguards on duty; you’re responsible for the safety of your family and yourself!
11. Koki Beach | Mile Marker #51
Is seeing a red sand beach on your bucket list? You’re in luck! Koki Beach is less than a mile from Hamoa and is famous for its dark, red sand. It’s a favorite spot for local surfers, but we don’t recommend swimming here. There are no lifeguards and the water has high waves and frequent rip tides.
12. Seven Sacred Pools | Last Stop
The Seven Sacred Pools within the ‘Ohe’o Gulch are mesmerizing natural wonders of Haleakala National Park. A short hike leads you to numerous freshwater pools that are fed by flowing waterfalls. It’s a wonderful place to swim and cool off when the water levels are high – just be sure to comply with signs and be cautious when swimming or hiking in any stream in the Hana district.
Tip: Consider hiking the scenic Pipiwai Trail while in the park! This two-mile trail boasts cascading waterfalls, a gigantic banyan tree, and a bamboo forest.
Start Your Route to Hana From The Old Wailuku Inn
Now that you know about the best Road to Hana stops, it’s time to start planning your trip to Hawaii! Our bed and breakfast in Wailuku gives guests a 30-minute head start on the Hana Highway. You’ll be ahead of the crowds coming from major resorts and can experience a relaxing adventure through Maui! After an exciting day, come back to one of our beautiful guest rooms and unwind. We can’t wait to hear about your trip over breakfast the next morning!If you’re not sure which room to book, consider our Hibiscus Garden Room. This picture-perfect accommodation has its own lanai and private walled garden. You can even combine it with the Lehua Room to create a larger suite!
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