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Hana Highway - Road to Hana, Makawao

Must see · Scenic Drive · Tourist Spot
One of the area's most famous highways, Hana Highway - Road to Hana is about the journey rather than the destination. Your 84 km (52 mi) trip between Kahului and Hana will guide you to some of the island's most beautiful sites, many of which are significant in local mythology. You can drive the road yourself or take a tour. The latter is a better option for nervous drivers because the winding road is very narrow. Along the way, you'll see towering waterfalls, miles of coastline, and gardens, and will have several opportunities for hiking or swimming. Food vendors are dotted along the highway, but it's a good idea to bring water and snacks with you. Stop at Halfway to Hana to sample some of its famous banana bread. Use our Makawao travel itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Hana Highway - Road to Hana and other attractions in Makawao.
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  • This was our first trip to Hawaii (4 girlfriends). Christy was our tour guide and she was amazing! She was so full of information regarding the island, the history and the Hawaiian culture! She is....  more »
  • We used the GyPSy app and absolutely loved our experience on the road to Hana. We took our time and stopped at places where we could park. The Gypsy app told us great stories and suggestions. We...  more »
  • Not relaxing, busy and long with many switchbacks with lots of dangerous tourists driving and walking the road and understandably occasional aggressive locals! Pretty sights though. Sort of a poor.....  more »
  • The most scenic and beautiful drive ever! From volcanic landscapes to ocean view to mountain with lush trees, you see everything on this drive. Would recommend to go all the way around instead of turning back the same way if you are comfortable with driving.
  • An amazing all day activity. If you are in Maui this is a must do, prettiest views on the island. Black and red sand beaches, waterfalls, hikes, cliff views and more.
  • Mixed feelings about this road. On the one side, the roads are challenging and interesting with so many turns inside the rain forest. There are also some good stop points where you can check out tropical plants and waterfalls. On the other hand, the effort taken to survive this road may not worth the fun — it can be really tired and nervous driving this road, especially when there are heavy rains/winds and you have to drive after sunset. The rain forest view stays pretty the same all the way, and when you finally arrive at Hana, there’s nothing much, normal beaches, no souvenirs stores or landmarks to take photos — possibly because the local gov wants to avoid over development. So I’d say plan out your time carefully to make sure to get out by sunset, prepare to stop to let faster cars (they drive really fast above the limit) pass. It’s also okay to return at half way to save some time and effort.
  • Road to Hana was a scenic but very windy and sometimes treacherous ride if you’re not paying attention to a certain portion of the ride coming from the south towards the city of Hana. The locals don’t care about the visitors driving this stretch of road for the first time as they drive well over the speed limit around these very sharp turns that can easily cause head on collisions or veer others off the road. Considering this is a major road going around the island, the roads needs serious maintenance and a major facelift as conditions are very bumpy making an uncomfortable ride in certain portions of the road to Hana and out of it. Other than that, stop on many of the scenic overlooks, the waterfalls, the coves, the cliffs, the vendors, the food trucks and several Botanical Gardens along the route. This is definitely a must do if you’re visiting Maui, Hawaii. As for rentals, I highly suggest renting a Jeep, nothing else, unless you’re a city person and only do city scenes. Like this review and follow if you find this helpful.
  • This was awful. The locals rode my bumper, blared their music, honked, and shouted obscenities when I wouldn’t pull over to the side to let them pass even though I was going the speed limit on what is a treacherous road. The driving experience was so stressful that I would not recommend this to anyone.

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