Hana Highway Road Trip
Hana Highway in Maui, Hawaii is considered to be one of the best road trips for packing in a lot of sights and activities in just a short distance. Not only is the drive itself remarkable with over 600 curves and 59 bridges, the number of stops to make along the way to take in the sights on your trip is phenomenal for such a short drive.
Road Trip Summary:
Start: Kahului, Hawaii
End: Hana, Hawaii
Distance: 52 miles
Driving Time: 2 ½ hours
Best time: Any season
Despite an amazing amount of twists and turns along the Hana Highway this road is considered to be a safe drive for any alert driver. The intrepid traveler is rewarded with stunning views of green sided cliffs, dazzling waterfalls, beautiful tropical gardens, as well as black, white and red sand beaches.
While there is literally something worth stopping to see every mile of this highway, here are just a few of the must-see stops that will make this road trip exciting and memorable.
Twin Falls– located at mile marker #2 Twin falls is one of the Hana highways smaller waterfalls, but considering it is an easy hike to falls and there is even a stand where you get fresh coconut water, wonderful smoothies and even banana bread the stop may be worth it.
Waikamoi Nature Trail– Located around mile marker #9 the Waikamoi Nature trail offers two hikes a long hike and short hike, if you don’t have much time to spend then the short hike is just under a mile.
Garden of Eden Arboretum– Around mile marker #10 you will find the Garden of Eden Arboretum where you can wander through this beautiful botanical garden and learn about some beautiful and exotic plants. While here you can also visit the enchanted forest, a bird feeding station and a local art gallery.
Pua KAA State Wayside Park– Mile Marker 22- This wayside park offers a short walk to see one of the many waterfalls as well as fresh water pool and also a picnic area where you can stop and enjoy the lunch you packed for the trip.
Waianapanapa State Park– This park features a stunning black sand beach and is worth a stop if you want to do a bit of wading and cool off a little.
Hana Town– This quaint little town is very welcoming and if you want to stick around for a couple of hours you can visit Hana beach park, the Hana cultural center and Museum or visit one or more of the small souvenir shops before turning around and making the trip back to Kahului or going somewhere further down the line.