For most, traveling to Hana is about the journey, not the destination. A quiet town nestled on the Maui’s eastern shores, Hana would not be on the tourist map if not for the Road to Hana—known as one of the world’s most scenic drives. That said, the town of Hana is a tranquil escape and an excellent base for exploring the region.
Hana and the famous Road to Hana (also called the Hana Highway) are known for their unspoiled ocean views, vibrant rainforests, and waterfalls. Top sights include the black-sand beaches at Wai‘anapanapa State Park, the Hana Lava Tube, and Hamoa Beach. You can also visit the town’s cultural center and museum and shop for souvenirs at Hasegawa General Store and the Hana Ranch Store.
Consider joining a guided tour of the Road to Hana, which allows you to enjoy the sights along the way without worrying about navigating the road’s hairpin turns and one-lane bridges. Alternatively, if your time is limited or you are looking for a luxury experience, you can visit Hana and view its famous coastline on a helicopter tour.
Things to Know Before You Go
There are a couple of small stores and restaurants in Hana but no big supermarkets or chain restaurants.
Allow yourself three to four hours for driving the Road to Hana. The speed limit is 25mph, and you will want to take your time.
The town of Hana is difficult to navigate in a wheelchair, but the popular Travaasa Hana resort is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Most people start the journey to Hana in Kahului, which is just over 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of Hana. From Kahului, take Highway 36 to where it turns into Highway 360 (Hana Highway). Alternatively, skip the hassle of driving by joining a guided tour; many tours take the Road to Hana one way and fly back by helicopter.
When to Get There
If you are making a day trip to Hana, start early in the morning to allow yourself ample time for the drive, exploring Hana, and making the return trip before dark. While rain is common in eastern Maui all year round, spring and fall offer the best weather.
Visiting Wai‘anapanapa State Park
Wai‘anapanapa State Park, which sits 3 miles up the coast from the town of Hana, is best known for the stunning black sand at Pa‘iloa Beach. The park also offers numerous other attractions: Visitors can explore freshwater caves and groves of wild coconut, guava, and hala trees; and hike volcanic coastal trails, including the historic King’s Highway. The park also offers picnic areas and some of the most scenic campsites on Maui.
- Waiʻanapanapa State Park
- Hana Lava Tube (Ka'eleku Caverns)
- Puaʻa Kaʻa State Wayside Park
- Pipiwai Trail
- Oheo Gulch
- Haleakala National Park
- Kaumahina State Wayside Park
- Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm
- Surfing Goat Dairy
- Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery
- Haleakala Crater
- Ulupalakua Ranch
- Road to Hana (Hana Highway)