The Hana Highway runs along the northeast coastline of the island of Maui. The Hana Highway connects Maui’s principle city of Kahului with the tranquil town of Hana. The highway is officially 68 miles long, the shoreline scenic route is 52 miles long.
The Road to Hana is world famous for it’s lush tropical scenic features, towering waterfalls, natural streams, and picturest ocean views. The road itself is very winding and narrow. Driving the road to Hana takes approximatelyt 2.5 hours to drive non-stop. Stoping to take advantage of it’s tropical scenic beauty, the full trip could take you anywhere from 3.5 – 4 hours. Plan for an all-day tour, as you will make several stops. The scenic route passes over 59 bridges, 46 of which are only one lane wide. Many of the concrete and steel bridges are original, dating back to 1910. Along with the historical bridges, the highway encompasses 620 curves.
Starting your drive from Kahului, you’ll come to Baldwin Beach Park and the old Hawaiian town of Paia. Then it’s off to Ho’okipa Beach Park and Lookout, known for it’s world class windsurfing and kiting. You’ll come to the roads first horse-shoe curve which outlines Maliko Bay in the area of Haiku. After several bridges and curves comes the lush botanical gardens at the Garden of Eden and Puohokamoa Falls.
Winding back down to the shoreline, it’s Kaumahina State Wayside and State Park. Passing through a few more horse-shoe turns are the historical Hawaiian taro patch farms at Ke’anae and the area of Wailua. Before you know it you’ll reach Waianapanapa State Park, the start of Hana town. The Hasegawa General Store is a popular stop which takes you back to old Hawaii. You can find just about everything you need for the rest of your trip before you head down to Red Sand Beach. The red colored sand is the second most rarest in Hawaii. Driving past Hana is ‘Ohe’o Gulch, known for the Seven Sacred Pools. The series of waterfalls and pools is actually located inside the Haleakala National Park.
That’s your trip advisory for the Hana Highway. Guess what? Time to turn around and head back to Kahului. Stopping at all the places you missed the first time.