Road To Hana Is About The Journey – Not The Destination
The important thing to remember about driving to Hana is that the city of Hana is not the final destination. In fact, some are disappointed with the tiny town of Hana, as it’s a very small, historic community.
It’s the breathtaking journey! It’s the full-day drive into a true Maui paradise that makes this scenic drive so famous. Yes, it’s over 45 miles of twists and turns along with 617 hair-pin curves and 57 one-lane bridge. Plus much more!
Where Does The Road To Hana Start? Well, it starts in Kahului (near airport) at the intersection of Dairy Road and Hana Highway (Hwy. 36) It’s the intersection with the K-Mart department store in the northeast corner.
You’ll drive east and go through the historic, plantation town of Paia. You might want to consider stopping in the town to top-off your gas tank, or pick-up coffee or sandwiches for your trip to Hana.
How Long Does It Take? Well, that is a difficult question. It depends on where you are staying, where you start from,
where you are staying, how fast you drive, and how many stops you make. It’s a 20-30 minute drive to Kahului from the Kihei/Wailea area, and if you are staying on the west side of Maui, it can add up to an hour to get to Kahului from Lahaina, Napili, and Kapalua.
It can take anywhere from 7 to 10 hours (or more) to make the Drive To Hana. So plan on this taking a full day, as you’ll enjoy the journey more if you take your time, stop and take many pictures of the scenic drive, and plan to spend the whole day exploring Hana.
When Should You Leave For The Road To Hana? You should plan to leave sometime between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. There’s a total misconception that you should leave at 5 a.m. You can, but there’s really no need to leave that early. Leaving at 7:30 a.m. give you plenty of time to stop for coffee and a pastry, stop in Hana for snacks and sandwiches, and get on the Road To Hana.
The best place to top-off-your-gas-tank is several stations on your right-hand side on Dairy Road as you approach Hana Highway. There are several places along the way with nice restroom facilities. A popular spot to stop is the “Half Way To Hana” location, offering drinks and snacks.
What To Take? It’s best to plan for the unexpected, as you might feel like jumping in a pool of water somewhere along the way, or hiking to a waterfall. So, take several towels, sunscreen, tennis shoes, and an extra t-shirt or two. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing, as you’ll be in the car a lot and also walking a lot.
Also, get a cheap ice chest and take some water, drinks, and snacks. You’ll be glad you did this!
How Far Is Hana? From the Kahului Airport, the town of Hana is about 53 miles. From Lahaina it’s about 77 miles to Hana and from the Kihei area it’s 61 miles.
How Far To 7 Sacred Pools? From the small town of Hana, Koki/Hamoa Beach is just two miles outside the town. It’s another 3 miles to Wailua Falls, and about 8 miles to 7 Sacred Pools.
Driving Tips! While the Road To Hana is one of the most spectacular drives in the world, please remember there will be others using the same road, many are locals and there is often construction equipment along the sides of the road. Locals tend to drive a bit “carefree” and you should respect their driving.
Things To Do On Maui!
Visit Honolua Bay when you’re on the west side of Maui, and maybe grab a pizza at Dollie’s. There plenty of activities on Maui and also some of the best burger places are in Lahaina Town. Don’t forget to make a trip to Haleakala Crater and snorkel at Black Rock or Airport Beach.
Looking for a great breakfast? Try The Gazebo in Napili. Do some shopping at Lahaina Cannery Mall, try some pizza in Lahaina Town at Prison Street Pizza, or go upcountry and have a great steak at Makawao Steakhouse.
Big Wave Taffy on Maui!
Take a look at our delicious Hawaii Flavors of salt water taffy – our salt water taffy is soft and creamy and it makes a great gift item, too. The taffy is sold at many stores on Maui, and you can also order on-line with Big Wave Taffy.