Road to Hana
- Type: Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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The Road to Hana is a scenic highway that twists through lush rainforest, cascading waterfalls and past Maui's dramatic northeast coastline. Most people start their trip along this highway in Kahului, Maui's main city, with the intention of motoring the 55 miles to Hana. Along the way they encounter hair-splitting blind turns, more than a few harried commuters, and some awful traffic. But to most, the experience is oh so worth it.
Despite all the hype and mental preparation, travelers are regularly surprised by the drive's beauty. One IgoUgo.com user says, "For nature lovers, I can't imagine not taking this road. The lushness of the surrounding coastline is something that cannot be fully described. I have never seen so many different shades of green in my entire life."
The Road to Hana might seem short, but travelling it will most likely take all day. There are many notable photo opportunities along the way, including the Twin Falls around the two-mile marker; and the Wailea Overlook or Waikani Falls around the 21-mile marker. The Waianapanapa State Park and Ho'okipa Beach are also popular stops. Since the trip will take you awhile, pack snacks and a cooler with drinks. Also, prepare to stop along the way to take photos (and to let your stomach calm down after some harrowing curves).