Road to Hana- tips

Road to Hana

Road to Hana

It’s been a couple of years since My Vacation Lady has been to Hawaii and it’s time to go back.  It’s in the plans for later this fall.  Whenever we go, we always try to do something new and different but this time around, we’ll be heading back to do the Road to Hana again for the 3rd time.  It’s a must-see and must-do if you are going to go to Maui.  We recommend it to all of our clients and while we usually recommend driving it on your own, some of our clients prefer to take a tour so that they can enjoy the sights and leave the driving to someone else.

What is the Road to Hana?

It’s actually called the Hana Highway or HI-360.  It’s 52  miles of winding roads- 620 curves to be exact, 59 one lane bridges and sites that will just amaze you.

The drive for tourists can take between 2 and 4 hours (depending upon how often you stop to pull over to see some fabulous views.

View from the Road to Hana

View from the Road to Hana

According to the website:

The road leads you through flourishing rainforests, flowing waterfalls, plunging pools and dramatic seascapes. There are plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy the lovely views, so get an early start and take your time on your drive.

Historic St. Sophia’s Church marks your arrival into Hana, where the pastures roll right up to the main street. The historic Travaasa Hana is a luxurious retreat in this village rooted in Hawaiian tradition. Browse the Hasegawa General Store and Hana Ranch Store for unique souvenirs. Swim and sunbathe at Hana Beach Park or Hamoa Beach, cited by author James Michener as the most beautiful beach in the Pacific. Snorkel at Waianapanapa State Park, a beautiful black sand beach. Or visit Hale Piilani, the state’s largest heiau (Hawaiian temple), in Kanahu Gardens, one of five National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Hawaii.

Beyond Hana, venture 10 miles south to the outskirts of Haleakala National Park in Kipahulu. There you’ll find the popular Pools of Oheo, where waterfalls spill into tiered pools leading to the sea. View these tranquil natural pools or hike up the Pipiwai Trail to the 400-foot Waimoku Falls.

Last time we didn’t make it up to the Waimoku Falls but this time, that is our goal!

My Vacation Lady includes maps and tips to all of our clients visiting Maui to help make the trip a bit easier but our biggest tip is….. if there are lots of cars pulled over on the side of the road, there is something to see!   For around $5, many of our clients have downloaded an app which they have found really helpful too.


My Vacation Lady is a Hawaii Destination Specialist and we love planning honeymoons and special vacations for our clients to Hawaii.  Please don’t ask us which is our favorite island because it’s always the last one that we visited 🙂


About the Author:

Mindy Gilbert of My Vacation Lady has been helping clients, just like you, plan their dream vacations, cruises and honeymoons since 1994.