Road to Hana (Hana Highway)

Road to Hana, Maui

The Road to Hana (see more photos), also known as the Hana Highway, is one of Maui’s most popular attractions. You can either drive this adventurous road yourself, or book a tour with one of the local activity companies. Both options have advantages. If you drive yourself, you can stop wherever you wish and as often as you want. If you’re on a tour bus, you can relax and let your tour guide do the driving while you sit back and enjoy the views.

Even though this legendary road is just 52 miles (84 km) long (from Kahului to Hana), it takes around three hours and can be quite a challenge to navigate. That’s because it is narrow and winding. There are about 620 curves and 59 bridges, 46 of which are one-lane bridges. It can take a toll on one’s nerves, especially if one is used to driving on wide, multiple-lane highways. That’s why the Road to Hana is also known as the “Divorce Highway,” because it has caused quite a few arguments among some couples.

The drive is very much worth it though and offers many scenic views of Maui’s northern coastline, rainforests, black-sand beaches, waterfalls and lush, tropical vegetation. The Road to Hana is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hana itself is a sleepy little town. There is a luxurious hotel, the Travaasa Hana, an art gallery and some small shops, eateries and road stands.

So in case you plan to drive yourself, just take your time and make an entire day of this road trip. Stop at the scenic lookout points and take in all the views. Also, stop at some of the roadside stands that sell local foods, including really good banana breads and Hawaiian coffee.

Just south of Hana is another popular attraction, the Oheo Gulch, also known as the Seven Sacred Pools. The road continues as a dirt road, the Piilani Highway (Highway 31).

Road to Hana Overview

  • Scenic road on Maui's northern coastline
  • One of Maui's top visitor attractions
  • See lush rainforests, cascading waterfalls, black-sand beaches and sleepy Hawaiian villages

Location:
Hawaii State Routes 36, Maui


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Reviews and Comments:
 
This is a must see must do while in Maui. Along the twisted road you have waterfalls, botanical gardens, Oheo Gulch, black sand beach, quant churches and many more jaw dropping views. The road is paved and many years ago it wasnít so this experience is even better. If you do nothing else while in Maui this is a must. It takes hours and hours to get there but every minute you are welcomed with what nature has to offer.
CindyR, Thu Mar 24, 2011