The island of Maui is home to some of the most extraordinary sights in the world, including the legendary Road to Hana. Over 60 miles of highway hug the coastline offering breathtaking views. Here we uncover some of the reasons why the road is so legendary. This is the scenic drive of a lifetime!
Nestled between Kahului and Haiku on the famed Road to Hana, sits the colorful small town of Paia. A charming little gem of a village, Paia boasts a unique blend of rustic storefronts filled with local art galleries, one-of-a-kind shopping boutiques, and restaurants including the popular Paia Fish Market. With shops that range from elegant to eclectic you’ll be able to stock up on everything you need for your trip down Hana Highway. Whatever your interests, there’s something for everyone to love in Paia. We recommend taking the time to discover one of Hawaii’s coolest small towns.
Mile Marker #9: Ho’okipa Lookout
Located at Mile 9, just past Paia town, you’ll find one of the finest and most formidable surf breaks in the world at Ho’okipa. The steady wind on the North shore makes this location a world-renowned windsurfing destination and is home to the Aloha Classic (a Pro-Am competition). Break out a chair to watch the pros play or take a stroll down the mile-and-a-half long stretch of white sand to Baldwin Beach Park to revive in the lagoon. There is usually a food truck or two on Ho’okipa that keep the crowds happy with local cuisine and fresh coconuts. Definitely worth stopping on your way to Hana!
Mile Marker #10: Garden of Eden Arboretum
The spirit of old Hawaii awaits you as you delight in Maui’s Garden of Eden. This scenic wonderland is a little bit of paradise found along the Road to Hana. Delight in the twenty-six acres of this beautifully landscaped tropical oasis. Visitors to the Garden of Eden Arboretum & Botanical Garden can roam through an elaborate series of trails alive with brilliant colors, unique flowers, rare trees, and the sweet aroma of tropical blossoms. Panoramic vistas, including the sparkling Pacific, hidden waterfalls, and Keopuka Rock (made famous in Jurassic Park), are a photographer’s dream.
Mile Marker #17: Halfway to Hana Stand
For almost 30 years, Halfway to Hana has been a must-see stop on the Road to Hana for visitors and residents alike. Owners, Doug and Nita Chong have created a haven that is a north shore favorite for snacks, refreshments, friendly directions and other services including an ATM. Nita bakes her famous banana bread daily using home grown bananas and other ingredients supplied by the local agricultural community. The property includes an authentic thatched roof “Hale” where you can relax in the shade and enjoy a great lunch or cold drink and maybe even some coconut candy! Doug and Nita invite you to stop in at Halfway to Hana because you haven’t experienced the Road to Hana unless you’ve made it at least Halfway.
Mile Marker #32: Wai’anapanapa State Park
The first thing you’ll notice at Pa’iloa. The contrast between the black, pebble lava field and the deep blue-greens of the ocean are very powerful. The small beach has a cave on the east side which you can explore and leads you straight into the ocean. There’s also a naturally made lava arch that sits within the water. This area is rich with ancient Hawaiian history including pictographs, house platforms, shelters, and burial sites. Wai’anapanapa is also renowned as one of the best campgrounds on Maui due to the excellent swimming, hiking trails and amazing sunrise views. If you have time, an overnight adventure at Wai’anapanapa State Park is highly recommended.
Mile Marker #34: Hana Town
Take a pit stop into paradise when you visit the seaside town of Hana. This small village is the heart of old Hawaii and is characterized by lush greenery, botanical gardens, historical sites and churches. A visit to the Hana Cultural Center & Museum, or the Wananalua Congregational Church, will make you feel as though you’ve traveled back through time. Step inside the Hasegawa General Store for one of the most interesting shopping experiences on Maui. With many items marked “Uniquely Hana” it’s the perfect stop on the road to Hana for food, drinks, and of course souvenirs. If you’re looking for a bite to eat in Hana, check out the Hana Ranch Store, Ka’uiki Restaurant, or Paniolo Lounge. Or check into Travaasa Hana Resort and Spa to enjoy warm hospitality, the beauty of the island, and authentic Hawaiian pursuits like lei making, ‘ukulele, and throw net fishing. Set amid rolling grass fields and palm trees above Hana Bay, Travaasa is the first resort on the island to greet the rising sun and will immerse you in the real Hawaiian Aloha spirit. The magic of Heavenly Hana Town simply has to be experienced to be believed.
Grandma’s Coffee House
Visit a very special part of Maui and “enjoy a cup from the end of the rainbow” at Grandma’s Coffee House. Since 1918 Grandma’s Maui Coffee has been a family tradition and a labor of love. The highest quality coffee beans grown on the slopes of Haleakala are freshly picked to give Grandma’s Coffee its unique flavor. This attention to detail is one of the reasons why Grandma’s has become one of Hawaii’s premier gourmet coffees. Step inside Grandma’s Coffee House and experience exactly why it is the the place to go to eat, drink, and “talk story.”
Maui Tropical Plantation
Your excursion on Hana Highway would be incomplete without a stop at the Maui Tropical Plantation. As a leading destination and entertainment venue, the Maui Tropical Plantation offers some of the most alluring flowers, herbs, and crops on the island. An abundance of activities from trams to zip lines are available for those who want a deeper peek into this legendary region and a sense of adventure. The Mill House, a modern and magical restaurant tucked deep within the Maui Tropical Plantation produces plates of succulent meals using herbs, veggies, and fruit straight from the plantation. These dishes are so delectable they’ll linger on your mind long after you’ve left the island. The varieties of gift shops on the plantation have everything you need to take a taste of Maui home with you. Grab a pound of plantation-fresh beans or macadamias from the Mill House Roasting Co. or stop by Kumu for the famous Maui Gold pineapple. You’ll also find gorgeous prints, hand-made soaps, and even that classic Aloha shirt you were looking for.
Hana Rainforest Experience
What if you could see the legendary Road to Hana and also experience
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