The 17 Greatest Highway to Hana Stops on the Hawaiian Island of Maui

Driving the Highway to Hana, often known as the Hana Freeway,  is without doubt one of the finest issues to do in Maui. This 600ish-turn, 64.4-mile route takes you thru among the most stunning surroundings on the island. It’s loaded with tons of of hairpin turns, cascading waterfalls, a bamboo forest and dozens of gorgeous issues to see.

Whereas it’s attainable to drive the entire thing in lower than 3 hours with none stops, we’ll miss out on heaps of experiences that maintain vacationers coming again for extra. You understand what they are saying, the journey is usually extra vital than the vacation spot.

Let’s take a look at 35 of the perfect stops on this scenic route, from the perfect photograph alternatives to mountain climbing trails to the perfect eats on the street and a lot extra that can certainly make for a enjoyable driving tour..

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Mile Marker 0 — Paia City

What higher approach to begin your journey to Hana than on the unofficial beginning place, the metropolis of Paia? This as soon as sugar-mill city is now a famend laid-back windsurfing vacation spot, with common windsurfing spots like Ho’okipa and Spreckelsville attracting folks the world over. It’s also generally known as the “Windsurfing Capital of the World.”

Fashionable boutiques, eating places, surf retailers, and native artwork galleries, reminiscent of Nuage Bleu, Cafe Mambo, and Maui Palms, name the place their house. As that is the final city you’ll come throughout in your approach to Hana, it’s additionally an amazing place to top off on fuel (which may get fairly costly right here), snacks, toiletries, and whatnot.

Paia Town

Mile Marker 2 — Hana Freeway (360) — Twin Falls

Hawaii is thought for among the world’s most stunning waterfalls, and Maui is not any exception. The primary of many Highway to Hana stops, the Twin Falls is located within the Ho’olawa Valley. Whereas the realm across the falls is inside personal property (Wailele Farm), it’s simply accessible to the general public. There are additionally completely different meals stands the place you will get some refreshing smoothies and snacks. Since it is a common cease for a lot of vacationers and locals, parking area can replenish rapidly, so be sure that to regulate your schedule to work round peak instances (10AM to 2PM).

There are two waterfalls alongside the reasonably difficult 1.8-mile path resulting in Twin Falls. The primary one is comparatively near the parking zone, the place you’ll see a small waterfall and a pure pool you possibly can dip into. The second (the one usually seen on footage of Twin Falls) requires a little bit of mountain climbing however is certainly properly price it. As there are a lot of slippery (and generally harmful) spots alongside the best way, you should definitely deliver acceptable footwear, like water sneakers.

P.S. Don’t go away any valuables in your automotive, as (sadly) theft is often reported within the space.

Twin Falls

Mile Marker 3.5 — Kaulanapueo Church

Kaulanapueo Church was in-built 1853. At 8:45 within the morning, we had been the one ones there, in addition to the spirits buried within the quaint cemetery, some relationship again to 1940. The Protestant church buildings doorways had been locked, however the cease was price a peak across the grounds.

Kaulanapueo Church Road to Hana

Mile Marker 4.5 — Huelo Lookout

Early on the Highway to Hana drive we determined {that a} fruit smoothie could be so as and one of many first stands was Huelo Lookout. I ordered a banana bliss smoothie, which was made with contemporary papaya, coconut and bananas—if these elements don’t say Hawaii, I’m unsure what does.

Huelo Lookout

Huelo Lookout

Mile Marker 6.7 — Rainbow Eucalyptus Bushes

The Rainbow Eucalyptus Bushes are one among Maui’s most well-known sights. Whereas these large timber are discovered in several components of the island, the most well-liked spot is round mile marker 7, the place you’ll see the “painted forest” alongside the slopes of Haleakala in the direction of the ocean. The timber get their title from the rainbow-like inside bark that types when the outer bark peels away (which occurs a number of instances a 12 months).

Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees

Mile Marker 9 — Ho’okipa Seaside Park/Ho’okipa Lookout

Probably the greatest areas in Maui for leisure ocean actions is Ho’okipa Seaside Park at Mile Marker 9, which incorporates Ho’okipa Lookout.

This breathtaking white sand seaside provides among the finest windsurfing experiences on Maui’s coast, and it’s not unusual to see the professionals courageous the robust winds and waves. And let’s not overlook the lookout, which provides sweeping views of the adjoining shoreline and an up-close have a look at the highly effective waves that crash in opposition to the rocky shore.

Ho okipa Beach Park

Mile Marker 9.5 — Waikamoi Nature Path

The Waikamoi Nature Path is a straightforward loop hike crammed with ferns, tall timber and scenic overlooks. There are two mountain climbing choices; the lengthy route and the brief. With our restricted time on the Hana Freeway we took the shorter of the 2 which was just below a mile.

Waikamoi Nature Trail

Mile Marker 10.2 — Ka Haku Smoke Shack

Ka Haku Smoke Shack is without doubt one of the funkiest meals huts alongside the best way to Hana and the ten buck hen plate comes with a free coconut. Don’t hassle with the canned corn and rice sides that include it. However the hen, that’s grilled proper in entrance of you, is tender and flavorful. The contemporary coconut juice washed all of it down properly.

Ka Haku Smoke Shack Chicken

Ka Haku Smoke Shack

Mile Marker 10.6 — Backyard of Eden

The Garden of Eden is a kind of dear, touristy arboretums that I might usually cross up, however it’s a nice cease for figuring out all of the native vegetation that you will notice throughout your Hawaiian travels. Plus, they’ve a few waterfall lookouts.

Garden of Eden

Garden of Eden

Mile Marker 12 — Kaumahina State Wayside Park

Coming in at round mile marker 12 is the scenic Kaumahina State Wayside Park. This 7.8-acre woodland/viewpoint is a superb place to relaxation and revel in some grub, with picnic tables and restrooms accessible for guests. Breathtaking views of the northeast Maui shoreline and Ke’anae Peninsula are a deal with for the eyes, with tons of nice photograph alternatives from one of many spots looking out. There are additionally a number of (albeit unmaintained) loop routes going uphill, the place you’ll see quite a few native and unique timber and vegetation.

Kaumahina State Wayside Park

Mile Marker 14 — Honomanu Bay Lookout

Honomanu Bay is located between mile markers 13 and 14 of Hana Freeway, on Maui’s North Shore. And what higher method to absorb the bay’s best views than on the Honomanu Bay Lookout? This pullout, which is located simply previous Kaumahina State Wayside Park, provides a broad panorama of the bay and can be a preferred images spot. So whether or not you’re wanting to absorb the pure great thing about Maui or seize some superb pictures, the Honomanu Bay Lookout is certainly price a go to.

Mile Marker 16.7 — Ke’anae Arboretum

Situated previous mile marker 16 on the Hana Freeway alongside the Piinaau Stream is the Ke’anae Arboretum. What actually sells this one to vacationers and locals are the gorgeous tropical vegetation, flowers, and timber that develop right here (they’ve round 150 completely different species!) These embrace hibiscus, taro varieties, and the famed Rainbow eucalyptus. Entrance is free, and guests can take pleasure in a pleasant, straightforward stroll alongside the paved paths whereas taking within the breathtaking great thing about the flora.

Ke’anae Arboretum

Ke’anae Arboretum

Mile Marker 16.8 — Ching’s Pond

Ching’s Pond is a well-liked swimming gap that many individuals cross by with out even understanding it’s there. The courageous locals cliff dive from the bridge, a 25 foot drop. The much less adventurous leap from the decrease parts or just watch from the sidelines. Leaping is completely, positively not beneficial, however at the moment not taking the leap was additionally one among my Highway to Hana regrets. Unsure I’d be so courageous at this time!

Mile Marker 17 — Keanae Peninsula and Village

Simply previous the Ke’anae Arboretum and mile marker 16 is a street resulting in Ke’anae, a small however stunning peninsula fashioned by the lava that flowed down Haleakala Crater and the soil introduced by ancestral Hawaiians centuries in the past.

At this time, it’s identified for its historic Hawaiian city, taro farms, and gorgeous land and seascape. With completely different viewpoints/lookouts within the space, you’ll all the time discover one thing new to see. Plus, it’s additionally an effective way to take loads of pictures! Make sure you take a look at the rugged lava-rock-filled shorelines, the historic church, and a style of some scrumptious banana bread (Aunty Sandy’s).

Mile Marker 17 1/3 — Midway to Hana

The Halfway to Hana snack store is definitely a kind of locations common on account of its title and it’ll in all probability not be the perfect banana bread alongside the best way, however definitely worth the cease simply to say you’ve been. 

Halfway To hana

Halfway To hana

Mile Marker 18.8 — Wailua Valley State Wayside

A spot to stretch your legs and get a killer view! We took the steps on the proper of Wailua Valley State Wayside to the highest and had been handled to a view of Ke‘anae Valley, Ko‘olau Hole and the village of Wailua. It is going to be a fast cease, however definitely worth the excellent Hawaiian view.

Wailua Valley State Wayside

Mile Marker 19.5ish — Higher Waikani Falls

The Higher Waikani Falls, often known as Three Bear Falls, is without doubt one of the hottest waterfalls of all of the Highway to Hana stops. It bought its title from the three separate side-by-side falls of various sizes, paying homage to the unique bear trio from Goldilocks and the Three Bears. It’s additionally a comparatively fast hike to the falls proper on the aspect of the street.

Upper Waikani Falls

Mile Marker 22 — Pua’a Ka’a Falls/Pua’a Kaa State Wayside Park

Pua’a Ka’a State Wayside Park is positioned farther down the Hana Freeway, round half a mile previous milepost 22, and is a superb place to stretch your legs and revel in the fantastic thing about Maui. Guests can take a brief hike by the forest to see among the birds and vegetation up shut. There’s additionally a waterfall on the property (Pua’a Ka’a Falls), which makes for a refreshing swim on a scorching day.

Pua’a Ka’a Falls

Mile Marker 24 — Hanawi Falls

The Hanawi Falls is one among Maui’s most stunning and photographed waterfalls, positioned simply round mile marker 24. Repeatedly fed by the waters of the Hanawi Stream and surrounded by dense rainforest, the waterfalls are separated into two components: the higher and decrease falls.

The higher waterfall is a 30-foot cascade that plunges right into a small pure pool discovered simply close to the bridge/roadside (which is a unbelievable spot for viewing it). The decrease waterfall is a 200-foot cascade accessible by way of a path from the Nahiku village. Sadly, some components of the path are underneath personal property, which prohibits any mountain climbing.

Hanawi Falls

Mile Marker 27. 5 — Coconut Glens Ice Cream

It’s not simply the sights that make Highway to Hana a visit price remembering, but in addition the little candy treats we get to style alongside the best way. And on the subject of consuming ice cream, you’ll need to cease on the funky bus at mile marker 27 1/2.

Comprised of domestically sourced elements, Coconut Glen’s natural vegan ice cream prides itself as the perfect there’s in Maui, and it might positively be the case when you get a style your self. With completely different flavors reminiscent of mint chocolate, lemongrass, and their signature coconut taste (and extra), your journey will certainly be a complete lot sweeter!

Mile Marker 28.8 — Nahiku Market

Nahiku Marketplace is a Hana procuring heart, which consists of a tiny handful of Hawaiian product retailers. That is the place I found one among my absolute favourite Maui treats, coconut sweet. The coconut is hand lower, sprinkled with brown sugar and gradual baked. And it’s scrumptious!

Nahiku Marketplace

Nahiku Marketplace Coconut

Mile Marker 31 — Hana Farms Roadside Stand

The Hana Farms Roadside Stand is a well-liked cease for vacationers alongside the street to Hana. It’s a neighborhood market the place you should purchase all kinds of products made in Hana and the farm itself, reminiscent of scorching sauces, spreads, skincare merchandise, and extra.

Make sure you take a look at their bakery for some freshly-made breads, bagels, desserts, and their signature banana bread (is available in 4 completely different flavors.) In the event you’re searching for one thing heavier, you possibly can take pleasure in an open-air eating whereas munching on their wood-fired pizzas, pupus (a sort of Hawaiian appetizer), harvest salads, and extra.

Mile Marker 31 — Hana Lava Tube

Situated previous mile marker 31, the Hana Lava Tube is without doubt one of the many pure wonders yow will discover on the Highway to Hana. This large tube is constructed from solidified lava fashioned when the molten rocks cooled and hardened and is sufficiently big to stroll by.

Guests can take the self-guided tour, which takes them contained in the underground lava tube. Completely different rock formations like stalagmites and stalactites fill the partitions and ceilings, and uncommon ones just like the Chocolate Hall and Chockstone are positively a must-see. In the event you fancy one thing above floor, you possibly can as a substitute discover and ‘get misplaced’ of their Pink Ti Botanical Backyard Maze.

Hana Lava Tube

Mile Marker 32 — Luana Spa Retreat

After indulging in an excessive amount of coconut sweet, we made a rapid cease at Luana Spa Retreat to get a tour of a yurt. Why? As a result of I had no thought what the heck a yurt was both. Seems it’s a fancy-smancy collapsible tent generally utilized in Mongolia. However, you possibly can sleep (or, even higher, get a spa therapy) in a single at Luana.

Luana Spa Retreat

Mile Marker 32 — Nutcharee’s Thai meals

Proper subsequent to Luana Spa Retreat is Nutcharee’s, a scrumptious and genuine outside Thai restaurant. Although it’s off the overwhelmed path of the Hana Freeway, this place generally will get so busy it has to show away friends. Yep, it’s that good.

Mile Marker 32 — Pa’iloa Seaside Black Sand Seaside at Wai’anapanapa State Park

The Pa’iloa or Wai’anapanapa Black Sand Seaside in Wai’anapanapa State Park (mile marker 32) was my favourite cease alongside the Highway to Hana. Due to its distinctive black sand and exquisite tropical environment, this brief stretch is a particular Instagrammable spot.

A brief, steep path led us to the seaside, which began with a big coal-colored rock, adopted by shiny black sand with descending sizes of pebbles. Circumstances-permitting (as it may possibly usually get harmful), you possibly can go swimming within the water, however even simply the sight of it’s definitely worth the journey. There are additionally neighboring lava caves with freshwater lakes in the event you like exploring for a bit. Lovely!

Mile Market 33 — Hana Tropicals

Hana Tropicals is a unique tropical flower farm and orchid nursery positioned within the charming city of Hana in East Maui. The farm is an homage to one among nature’s most stunning and distinct signatures across the island of Maui. The grounds are nestled away in a lush ethereal jungle, teeming with natural magnificence. 

They provide a free guided tour of their farm, offered by one among their passionate volunteer staff, or chances are you’ll select to discover the property at your personal tempo and curiosity.

Hana Tropicals

Mile Marker 34 — Hana City

Right here at mile marker 34 lies the small city of Hana, the place the entire journey is called after. It was as soon as house to the primary sugarcane plantations on the island, which paved the best way to the creation of the roads coming to and from Hana.

Though it’s a quiet, sleepy city, Hana’s allure lies in its wealthy historical past and the stuff you’ll uncover as soon as you already know it a bit higher. Lush rainforests, stunning seashores, and scrumptious eats are simply among the many issues awaiting the weary traveler, and is certainly the best place to pause and rejuvenate. Some must-see locations embrace the Hana Cultural Center and Museum and Hana Bay Beach Park.

Hana Town

Mile Marker 35 — Kaihalulu Pink Sand Seaside

The crimson sand seaside of Maui, often known as Kaihalulu Beach, is arguably some of the gorgeous and scenic seashores in the whole world. The seaside will get its crimson coloration from the iron-rich hill discovered within the space, which superbly contrasts the ocean’s blue waters.

One thing to remember is that the entry path crosses personal property, which is why the locals draw back from going to the seaside and why chances are you’ll choose out too. You might discover it disrespectful if one trespasses. The hike is comparatively brief, however the path is steep, slender, and harmful, particularly in the event you’re not sporting correct footwear. Use your finest judgment in the event you’re planning to go to right here, or in the event you’ll go for different sights as a substitute.

Kaihalulu Red Sand Beach

Mile Marker 41 — Lindbergh’s Grave

Tying in with our earlier entry, the Palapala Ho’omau Church additionally serves as the ultimate resting place of flier Charles Lindbergh, who’s finest identified for being the primary particular person to fly a monoplane nonstop and solo throughout the Atlantic Ocean. He spent his final years in Maui till he died of lymphoma on August 26, 1974 (age 72.)

His grave might be discovered underneath the shade of a plum tree and can be one of many causes folks go to the church.

Mile Marker 41 — Palapala Ho’omau Church

The Palapala Ho’omau Church is a fantastic church positioned simply previous mile marker 41 (eight miles south of Hana). In 1864, Christian missionaries constructed the church out of limestone coral and lava rock. Over the subsequent century, it served as a spot of worship and a middle of exercise for the locals. Sooner or later, nevertheless, it was deserted till it was restored in 1964 by Sam Pryor and famed aviator Charles Lindbergh.

At this time, it attracts guests worldwide with its gorgeous gardens, surroundings, and seaside vistas. Add to that the peace and quiet one feels inside church grounds, making it an amazing cease after an extended drive.

Palapala Ho omau Church

Mile Marker 42 — Ohe’o Gulch — Seven Sacred Swimming pools

Our final cease on the Highway to Hana loop was the Ohe’o Gulch, often known as the Seven Sacred Swimming pools. There are a number of falls that stream by Ohe’o Gulch and they’re common. By the point we bought there, round 2:30pm, it was loaded with vacationers.

Ohe’o Gulch Maui

Mile Marker 42 — Pipiwai Path

Shifting on to Haleakala National Park at mile marker 42 is without doubt one of the finest (if not the perfect) trails in Maui: Pipiwai Path. This 4-mile, reasonably difficult route takes you to a few of its highlights, such because the 200-foot tall Makahiku Falls, a large 137-year-old Banyan tree, Maui’s most picturesque bamboo forest, and ending with the magnificent 400-foot tall Waimoku Falls.

Make sure you put on acceptable footwear as some components of the path can get muddy and slippery, deliver numerous water, some bug repellants, and naturally, go away no hint behind.

Pipiwai Trail

Mile Marker 45 — Wailua Falls

Wailua Falls, described as Maui’s “most photographed waterfall,” is located proper after mile marker 45 alongside the Honolewa Stream. That is undoubtedly one among Maui’s most accessible and luxurious waterfalls, cascading round 80 toes down the aspect of a lush jungle cliff into a powerful plunge pool. What’s extra, you don’t even must go on a hike to see it!

Wailua Falls

Mile Marker 50 — Hamoa Seaside

After passing the city of Hana, we made a rapid cease at Hamoa Seaside, a fantastic, crescent public seaside. This golden white sand seaside is without doubt one of the finest surf breaks on the island (together with Koki Seaside), with the waters altering from mellow to fierce in a snap (you should definitely watch your youngsters!)

Throughout the calmer instances, particularly within the morning, you possibly can take pleasure in different water actions reminiscent of snorkeling and bodysurfing. We simply took a peek, however we might have spent extra time sunbathing if we didn’t should get again to Paia by dinner.

Hamoa Beach

Hamoa Beach

Mile Marker 51 — Koki Seaside

Koki Seaside is a crimson sand seaside positioned on the island of Maui in Hawaii and is without doubt one of the two well-known Hana surf breaks cherished by native surfers (the opposite one being Hamoa Seaside). The neighboring Ka Iwi O Pele, or “Bones of Pele” cinder cone hill, is liable for the darkish crimson sand at Koki Seaside.

Because the waters can get fairly tough across the seaside, it’s not an excellent spot for swimming. Nonetheless, it’s a unbelievable spot to calm down and have a picnic whereas taking within the views of the surfers and the ocean.

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It’s simple that Highway to Hana is without doubt one of the hottest vacationer sights in Maui. From lush rainforests and luxurious waterfalls to crimson and black sand seashores to scrumptious eats, there’s a lot this a part of the island has to supply. Whereas it might take a while to get by these nice stops, simply bear in mind to take pleasure in and take advantage of out of your journey!

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Important Ideas for Visiting Maui and the Highway to Hana

Getting There: Kahului Airport is a serious hub and most airways will fly into it. It’s the solely airport in Maui that accommodates direct flights from the U.S. mainland. You’ll be able to simply examine for the perfect fare offers at Skyscanner, which additionally has the choice to decide on ‘least expensive month’ because the departure to seek out the bottom priced dates to fly to your vacation spot. Though there’s an airport in Hana, there aren’t taxis, shuttle companies, or automotive leases on the Hana Airport, so fly into Kahului Airport and decide up your rental automotive, take a taxi, Uber, Lyft or a shuttle to your resort.

The place to Keep in Maui: It’s finest to remain close to the airport in Kahului, near the beginning of the Hana Freeway.  The Napili Sunset Beach Front Resort (reasonable) is a superb alternative in Lahaina. For one thing a bit nearer, the Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono will prevent some 

journey time on the best way to the Highway to Hana. For one thing on the inexpensive aspect, attempt the Kihei Kai Oceanfront Condos or the Banyan Tree Bed and Breakfast Retreat. For a resort with a bit extra extravagance, ebook a room on the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. Or search some nice offers on motels of your alternative at In the event you’re searching for extra of a house environment (or are touring with a gaggle of individuals), head over to Airbnb that has homes, flats and even only a room for hire in each worth vary. 

Getting Round: Renting a automotive in Maui is the perfect to actually expertise the Highway to Hana and has some nice offers. In case you are not renting a automotive, there are many choices. Taxis, Lyft and Uber can be found throughout Maui, plus a lot of the prime sights might be accessed with the Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley, the Hula Hula Hopper. In case you are not renting a automotive however wish to expertise the Highway to Hana, take a look at among the finest excursions that supply pick-up companies out of your resort or apartment under within the ‘Greatest Excursions in Maui and the Highway to Hana’ part.

Metropolis Transportation Passes: The Hula Hula Hopper Trolley provides a 2-Day all 

inclusive cross for $48 that permits entry to all 4 Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley traces.

Greatest Excursions in Maui and the Highway to Hana: You will discover among the prime excursions at Get Your Guide or Viator, and listed below are among the prime ones:

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