The Hāna Highway is a 64.4-mile long stretch of Hawaii Routes 36 and 360 that connects Kahului with the town of Hāna in east Maui. From the east after Kalepa Bridge, the highway continues to Kīpahulu as Hawaii Route 31.The Hana Highway is stunning; more so in person than even in pictures. It is raw and lush and beautiful, and at every turn there are several waterfalls, black sand beaches, iconic surf spots, and locals selling all sorts of fruit breads. It feels like real Hawaii, with the blissful lack of big resorts and its low key, barefoot vibe. It can be a tough road to drive, without doing a little homework and listening to some sound advice.
The Road to Hana is more than just a great drive through the beautiful area of Maui. Most visitors tend to zip to and from Hana with checklist of sights to photograph. This is the wrong way to do . Do the due diligence beforehand, decide on a few locations that look the most intriguing, and take the time at each location. Few drives are more beautiful than the Road to Hana on Maui and It’s a curvy coastal road with views of cliffs, beaches, waterfalls, and miles and miles of rainforest. It’s a well paved road, but we do need to keep your wits about you when you drive it because of the many sharp curves and one-lane bridges.
Most people drive to Hana, then turn around and drive back to Paia. Technically it is possible to continue on and drive the way around the island, but the roads detoriate and most car rental agreements don’t cover that part of the island. The road does get a little narrower and less maintained out here, but the park is really neat. We can take a short .5 mile hike to the ‘Ohe’o pools or a longer 4 mile hike on Pīpīwai Trail to the bamboo forests.