The Hana Highway has a reputation for being one of the most insane driving experiences out there. The 52-mile road has 620 turns and 56 narrow, one-lane bridges that test many a driver’s skillset. While the road itself is long and challenging, driving the Road to Hana should really be an experience. As the saying goes, it’s about the journey not the destination. We encourage you to stop and explore the east side of Maui along the way. Some popular locations include Honomanu Bay, the Hana Lava Tube, and the ‘Ohe’o Gulch (seven sacred pools). And don’t forget to take a hike in the Bamboo Forest along the Pipiwai Trail.
Maui’s town of Hana is often referred to as the “real Hawai’i” for its embodiment of the aloha spirit and its deep cultural roots. The area is replete with history. It’s known as a battleground between Big Island and Maui chiefs, and also happens to be birthplace of King Kamehameha’s favorite wife Queen Ka’ahumanu. Visitors can soak in the rich Hawaiian history during a stop at the Pi’ilanihale Heiau, located in Kahanu Garden near the town of Hana. This heiau (place of worship) is the largest on Maui and is one of the most important archeological sites in Hawai’i! Take a cruise and learn a little bit more about Hana today.
During your drive expect to see:
- awe-inspiring waterfalls
- a picturesque jungle landscape
- steep cliffs
- secluded beaches
Hana Highway Fact:The famous Hana Highway was built in 1926