Best Stops on the Road to Hana

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A paved road in the middle of a lush rainforest.
Curator’s statement

Welcome to Maui's most enchanting adventure, the Road to Hana! Having lived on Maui, I always tell travelers that the Road to Hana is my absolute favorite thing to do on the island and is an activity that can't be missed. This iconic drive along Maui's northeastern coast is a breathtaking journey filled with natural wonders, cultural treasures and awe-inspiring landscapes. With its cascading waterfalls, lush rainforests and stunning coastal views, the Road to Hana offers an unforgettable experience for travelers seeking a true Hawaiian paradise.

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Things to do on the Road to Hana

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Stop 1: Paia

Kickstart your journey in the vibrant town of Paia, located at the beginning of the Road to Hana. Explore its charming streets filled with eclectic shops, art galleries and cozy cafes. To prep for the roadtrip, load up on snacks for the at the Ku’au Store which offers various local items and grab and go food items. If you're a windsurfing enthusiast, Ho'okipa Beach Park is the place to be, where you can witness some of the world's best windsurfers riding the waves.

Stop 2: Twin Falls

As you arrive at Twin Falls, you'll be greeted by the gentle sound of cascading water and the invigorating scent of tropical foliage. The name "Twin Falls" refers to the two adjacent waterfalls that flow into natural pools, creating a tranquil oasis perfect for swimming and relaxation. The hike to the first falls is relatively short. Enjoy the falls, but keep moving down the highway as there is so much more to see!

Stop 3: Bamboo Forest Trail

This trail is a little harder to find, but you’ll likely see cars parked on the road around mile market 6.5. To enter, you’ll see many pine and bamboo entrance points, that all lead to the same trail. Trails lead to beautiful swimming areas and picturesque waterfalls. Warning, this trail is for intermediate/advanced hikers and can be very slippery. Proceed with caution!

Stop 4: Ke’anae Peninsula

Ke'anae Peninsula is a captivating gem that showcases the untouched beauty of Hawaii's landscapes. This scenic peninsula is a testament to the island's rich history and cultural heritage, offering visitors a glimpse into a bygone era. With its rugged cliffs, lush taro fields and ancient stone church, Ke'anae Peninsula provides a serene retreat and a captivating destination for those seeking a deeper connection to the island's past.

Stop 5: Roadside Lava Tube

Around mile market 23, there is a lava tube that can be found right off the side of the road. It is very easy to miss as it’s small and not a lot of people know about it. If you are following the Road to Hana on a GPS tour app (ie: Shaka Guide), the tour will give you a heads up when it’s approaching. It’s a quick view and you can go inside of the lava tube through the small opening off the side of the road. This is a great opportunity to catch a glimpse into the island's geological history and provides a captivating adventure!

Stop 6: Wai'anapanapa / Black Sand Beach

Wai'anapanapa is a place of stunning natural beauty and cultural significance. This coastal paradise boasts black sand beaches, lava caves and dramatic sea cliffs, inviting visitors to explore its mystical allure. With rich heritage and breathtaking vistas, Wai'anapanapa is a must-visit destination that leaves a lasting impression.

Stop 7: Nahiku Marketplace

Located around Mile Market 29, this marketplace is a great place to get out and stretch the legs and enjoy a quick bite to each offered from the various roadside food options. Some of the food options includes Thai, tacos, and island style coffee. Or, stop in the store to pick up some locally made memorabilia to take home and cherish. I collect holiday ornaments and have picked up a few from this spot.

Stop 8: Red Sand Beach, Hana

Red Sand Beach is a hidden gem that offers a truly unique experience. This secluded beach, also known as Kaihalulu Beach, is renowned for its striking red-colored sand, created by the presence of iron-rich volcanic cinder cone remnants. Accessible via a short but slightly challenging hike, the beach is nestled within a dramatic cove, protected by rugged cliffs and crystal-clear turquoise waters. This off-the-beaten path adventure is one of my favorite spots on the island of Maui.

Stop 9: Pipiwai Trail

Pipiwai Trail is a beautiful hiking trail that offers an immersive journey through lush rainforests. This 4-mile trail takes hikers on a memorable adventure, leading them past towering bamboo groves, serene streams, and enchanting waterfalls. The highlight of the trail is the awe-inspiring 400-foot Waimoku Falls, a majestic cascade that serves as a grand finale to the captivating hike. With its stunning natural beauty and rewarding vistas, Pipiwai Trail is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers exploring the wonders of Maui's Hana region.

Stop 10: Venus Pools

Venus Pools is a hidden treasure that offers a serene and picturesque escape for nature enthusiasts. These natural tide pools, named after the Roman goddess of beauty, entice visitors with their crystal-clear turquoise waters and captivating rock formations. With its tranquil ambiance and breathtaking ocean views, Venus Pools provides a secluded haven where visitors can unwind, swim, and marvel at the beauty of the surrounding landscape. If you decide to visit Venus Pools, please be mindful as this majestic place is located near private homes. Respect the Aina (land) and be sure to not leave any trace behind.

Places to eat & drink on the Road to Hana

Halfway Hana food stop

Cafe de Amis - Paia
This vibrant café is renowned for its eclectic menu, featuring delectable dishes that blend Mediterranean, Mexican and Middle Eastern influences.

Paia Bowls - Paia
This charming eatery specializes in acai bowls, smoothies and other nourishing delights made with locally sourced and organic ingredients.

Halfway to Hana Stand
As its name suggests, this charming stand is located approximately halfway on the journey to Hana, making it a convenient spot to refuel and recharge. Make sure to pick up a banana bread (or two!).

Coconut Glen’s - Hana
Coconut Glen's, nestled in the tropical paradise of Hana, Maui, is a beloved ice cream shop that offers a delightful and unique twist on frozen treats. Coconut Glen’s offers vegan and dairy free coconut-based ice cream and is a must-visit destination for ice cream lovers looking for a taste of paradise.

Ae’s Thai Kitchen - Hana
Ae’s Thai is a food truck style establishment located in the picturesque town of Hana. This culinary gem brings the authentic flavors of Thailand to the island.

Need to Know

Looking for more Maui travel inspo? Check out Fora Travel Advisor Kat Saval's guide, Maui Travel Guide: Explore the Best of Hawai'i's Paradise.

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