In the case of Hana, the journey may be as important as the destination. With giant waterfalls, artist hamlets, and rainbows along the way, make it a day trip and stop for picnic supplies in Paʻia. The infamous Road to Hana is curvy and adventurous. Guided tours are available, and letting someone else do the driving has its rewards. Being able to take in the gorgeous sights in comfort and style allows everyone to enjoy the trip without the worry of the road.

Explore this heavenly, undeveloped town by foot, taking special notice of its steepled churches. Take a swim and sunbathe at Hana Beach Park and snorkel at Waianapanapa State Park, a beautiful black sand beach. See a red sand beach after a hike to the secret and isolated Kaihalulu Beach. Or hike to the 400 foot Waimoku Falls through the Bamboo Forrest.

Hana Bay is a family gathering place for local residents on the weekend. It is the perfect spot for picnics and water activities such as outrigger canoe races. About nine miles beyond Hana at Haleakala National Park in Kipahulu are the popular pools of Oheo Gulch.

Thank goodness the development of this isolated town has been limited so visitors can enjoy a truer sense of Hawaii.

Tips from Facebook Friends

We asked our Facebook friends the question, “What are your favorite stops along the Road to Hana?” Here’s what they said!

Hana is awesome, ever part of it is different, from ocean to mountains, waterfalls, ginger blossoms, picking mountain apples, jungles of ferns & ti plants. I can go on & on…everyone needs to experience a trip to beautiful Hana Maui. – Vanessa W.

Shop the local stands on the way. If Auntie Tutu’s is still there, Go there!!! Best lil burger ever. Be sure u get the coconut candy as well!! – Randa P.

Auntie Sandie’s Banana Bread and of course all the waterfalls and scared pools. – Nicole C.

We stopped at the half way point and had the BEST banana bread! – Linda G.

Keanae!!!! – Stephanie S.

The eucalyptus trees are awesome. – Kay C.

I loved stopping at all the little stores. – Gus R.