Road to Hana Must See & Do
The scenic Road to Hana on Maui is the undisputed number one attraction on the island. We've been researching the attractions on the Hana Highway since 2002, when the highway first made a major and incredibly positive impression on us. We can now offer our visitors over 14 years of expertise on this beautifully scenic drive. From checklists for making the drive, to the best guidebooks, audio CD's we've researched it all.
This entry includes resources to provide Driving Tips and Advice, plus maps and even information regarding closures, when applicable. When it comes to driving the Hana Highway on Maui, it's the journey, not the destination, that is the main attraction. There are few words that can describe the beauty of this drive with its cliffs cloaked in green and lush valleys bursting with waterfalls. Curves hug the coast and gaze over an ocean that stretches uninterrupted all the way to the Alaskan coastline. Couple that with black, red, and white sand beaches, a multitude of trails, and beautiful gardens and you've discovered the highway to heaven itself.
And while we have several years of experience exploring this famous road, we certainly understand driving it is certainly not for everyone. If you’d rather sit back, relax, and simply concentrate on having a good time, we recommend booking your tour with our friends at Valley Isle Excursions- the absolute best Road to Hana Tour providers. They offer hotel pick up from most major locations, their expert local guides are top notch, and their luxury vans have panoramic windows. Best of all, they know all the best stops so you won’t have to worry about a thing. And because they are the first Hawaii-based tour company to complete the Hawaii Green Business Program, you can feel good about your adventure.
The Highway to Heaven...
Hopefully you've already perused our article about 'Is the Hana Highway worth it?.' If not, you might want to check that article out before continuing to plan your trip down the Hana Highway as we share lots of helpful hints about making the drive on your own.
We're here to help you plan that perfect road trip down this beautiful stretch of highway. Be sure to also check out our article entitled, 'Can I make the drive to the 'Ohe'o Gulch and back in a single day?,' as it may also prove useful for many visitors planning to make the Highway a day trip only.
Many visitors often ask us the same questions about the Hana Highway and that's why we've created this entry - to help answer the most basic questions about the drive to Hana town. So let's start with a few common Q&A about the drive.
Hana Highway Q & A
Q: Where is the drive located?
A: The scenic drive is located on the northeast coastline of Maui. Officially the road is named the Hana Highway and on maps will be listed as Hwy 36 and Hwy 360. Many folks, ourselves included, consider the Hana Highway to continue beyond Hana to the Oheo Gulch, or even beyond that to Upcountry Maui via Highway 31.
Q: Is the drive to Hana (and beyond) safe?
A: It's very safe for drivers who can keep their eyes on the road; trust us, they'll be tempted to look around. The highway is fully paved and even though it has many curves and one-lane bridges, the drive is very safe. For more information about driving the highway, check out our Driving tips for the Hana Highway.
Q: How many waterfalls are there on the drive?
A: It depends, but there are a lot of them. It depends because if it's rained recently then waterfalls burst forth from almost every curve on the Highway. But if it has been dry, some falls may dry up and not be flowing. EMI, a company that diverts stream water for the hungry cane fields in central Maui, also can cause certain falls to cease flowing - again, usually when it's dry. In our opinion, the best waterfalls are actually beyond Hana town, with Wailua Falls being the crown gem. If you're up for a little hiking however, you can even get a good view of 400' Waimoku Falls at the end of the Pipiwai Trail. The later is located inside Haleakala National Park at the Oheo Gulch (also known as the Seven Sacred Pools). For more information on all the major falls along the drive, see our Road to Hana Waterfalls entry.