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A woman walking the black sand beach on Road to Hana in Maui

The Road to Hana in Maui is one of the most famous legendary drives in the world. At 64.4-miles long, the Road to Hana includes 620 curves, 59 bridges and breathtaking stops to enjoy on the way. In fact, Road to Hana in Hawaii is iconic for its narrow, one-lane bridges!

Overall, the Road to Hana was one of my favorite parts of my trip to Hawaii! The road features numerous overlooks that are absolutely breathtaking and there are so many great places to stop at and explore from a bamboo forest to various waterfalls and a black sand beach to numerous food trucks that sell delicious staples like vegan coconut ice cream to pineapple and banana bread.

A woman dancing through gardens found on Road to Hana in Maui

During March 2021, fellow travel blogger Alex of East Coast Contessa and myself did a wonderful 10-day trip to Hawaii and spent the first part of our trip on the island of Oahu and the second half of our journey on the island of Maui. Discover the 10 best things to do on Oahu!

Alex and I spent 6 days in Maui. We first explored West Maui for 3 days where we stayed in Lahaina and did a day trip to Wailea as well as a snorkeling tour to Molokini Crater. The later part of our time in Maui was spent exploring Hana. We stayed at the beautiful Hana Maui Resort, which is a heavenly boutique resort located on the Road to Hana, and the both of us explored all of the exciting things in the area.

Mountain views off of Road to Hana in Maui

In this blog post, discover the best stops on a self-drive Road to Hana tour in Maui and read all about our experience staying at the beautiful Hana Maui Resort in the actual town of Hana.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like. During my time in Hana, Hana Maui Resort hosted me for a few nights.


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Best Spots to see on the Road to Hana.

Traveling around Hawaii:

A woman sitting in a hot tub at Hana Maui Resort on Road to Hana

Getting to Hawaii was fairly easy. I flew from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey to Honolulu International Airport on the island of Oahu with a short layover in Los Angeles International Airport in California.

After spending four nights on Oahu, Alex and I took a short flight (that was less than 45 minutes) from Honolulu International Airport (Daniel K. Inouye International Airport) to Kahului Airport on the island of Maui. (Coming home, I flew from Kahului Airport to Newark with the same layover at LAX.) I found super affordable flights through Skyscanner! The best way to get from the airport to your accommodation is via Go Airport Shuttle!

Road to Hana in Maui

During a trip to Hawaii, I highly encourage everyone to rent a car on whatever island you choose to visit so that you can explore and not miss out on anything. (You should definitely have your own vehicle to drive the Road to Hana in Maui.)

On the island of Maui, there is a public bus transit system that includes 13 different routes, including one that goes to and from the airport. Please note that there are no bus routes to Hana. Maui also has Uber and Lyft services!

Driving on the Road to Hana – How to See the Best Stops Safely:

Beautiful views on Road to Hana in Maui

The Road to Hana on Maui is definitely made for confident drivers. The streets are very windy and narrow and there are a lot of potholes and unpaved areas. The road also includes one-lane bridges where you really need to be careful and mindful of other vehicles.

Before driving the Road to Hana, it is highly imperative that you have a functioning vehicle as well as a full tank of gas, since service stations are sparse until you reach the actual town of Hana. When we rented our car in Maui, we informed the rental company that we were going to be driving the Road to Hana and they recommended that we drive an SUV, so we were given a Chevy Equinox. It drove perfectly around Road to Hana’s curves and bridges.

Aunty Sandy's Banana Bread on Road to Hana in Maui

One of the most important things to bring on a journey around the Road to Hana is a map/GPS. Please make sure you download directions on your phone when you have service because there is barely any cell phone reception on the Road to Hana. I also recommend bringing proper hiking clothing, an optional change of clothes (I brought a dress for pictures), cash, comfortable hiking shoes or sneakers, bug spray, sunscreen, motion sickness medication (if you get car sick easily), an umbrella or poncho (in case it rains like it did on our adventure), a water bottle, a swimsuit for the beaches (please see below for outfit suggestions), sunglasses, a hat and hand sanitizer (since some of the restrooms don’t have soap containers).

I will admit that driving the Road to Hana to see the best stops is a little overwhelming when you first start your adventure. Since we stayed at Hana Maui, which is located right on Hana Highway, we had to drive on it quite a few times. (I was the driver on our trip.) Since we drove on Road to Hana a few times, I got used to it and became confident.

Where to Stay on a Road to Hana Hawaii Tour – Hana Maui Resort by Hyatt:

A woman enjoying a sunrise at Hana Maui Resort on Road to Hana

What I loved most about our Road to Hana journey during our time on Maui was staying at Hana Maui Resort in the actual town of Hana. It is super convenient as it is located right off of Hana Highway and is situated near awesome eateries, beaches and natural landmarks.

It was a treat staying at Hana Maui Resort by Hyatt. This beautiful hotel offers stunning hotel rooms, suites and family residences on their property. There are also 360-degree views all around that feature oceanfront views, a lot of great walking paths, two pools with a hot tub and plunge pool, a yoga pavilion, a fitness center with classes you can take, horse stables, cultural activities, an art gallery, library, spa and more!

A woman enjoying her stay at Road to Hana's Hana Maui Resort

Overall, Hana Maui Resort provides guests with a secluded luxury oasis where they can escape on East Maui and enjoy all of Hana’s renowned beaches, tropical forests, majestic waterfalls and more!

The Rooms at Hana Maui:
Sunrise views at Hana Maui Resort on Road to Hana

All of the hotel rooms, suites and family residences at Hana Maui Resort have views of the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Each room also comes with a private lanai, which allows people to enjoy Hana’s nature and even watch the sunrise over the ocean. In fact, a lot of the rooms are intentionally designed without clocks, radios or televisions so that guests can rest and relax.

During our time at Hana Maui, Alex and I stayed in the beautiful Two Queen Beds Ocean View Bungalow that offers breathtaking views of the ocean, vaulted ceilings with wooden beams, a dining table, couch and a wet bar. It was absolutely beautiful and I never wanted to leave!

Hana Maui Resort room

The beds at Hana Maui were so comfortable that I slept like a baby! I also loved how spacious the bathroom was. In addition to the private lanai that allowed us to watch the sunrise every morning, our room also came with plush robes, a coffeemaker, mini fridge, iron, safe and hair dryer.

Since Alex and I also had a little bit of a sunburn when we arrived at Hana Maui Resort, the hotel provided us with an aloe plant that helped ease our burns. It was awesome! They also provided us with snacks such as milk and dark chocolate bars, fruit chips, granola bars and more for our adventures along our Road to Hana tour.

Hana Maui Resort property off of Road to Hana

In addition to our room, there is also a King Studio with Partial Ocean View room; 1 King Bed Partial Ocean View room; 2 Queen Beds Partial Ocean View room; 1 King Bed Garden View room; 2 Queen Beds Garden View room; 1 King Bed ADA Tub Ocean View Bungalow; 2 Queen Beds ADA Tub Garden View room; 2 Bedroom Waikaloa Family Residence; 1 Bedroom Waikaloa Family Residence; Oceanfront Bungalow Premier Suite; 1 King Oceanfront Bungalow; 2 Queen Oceanfront Bungalow; Oceanfront Bungalow with Jacuzzi; 1 King Bed Ocean View Bungalow and 1 King Bed Garden Suite. Click here for more information.

Hana Ranch Restaurant:
Ukeleles from Hana Ranch Restaurant

Located at Hana Maui is Hana Ranch Restaurant, which features farm-to-table Hawaiian cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Both Alex and I ate at this wonderful restaurant for dinner two nights in a row, that’s how delicious it was!

Tropical drinks from Hana Ranch Restaurant
Chicken teriyaki from Hana Ranch Restaurant

During our first night, we both enjoyed delicious cocktails. Alex had the “Hamoa Breeze”, which came with strawberry purée and vodka and I had the “Lycheeto” that came with rum, lychee liquor and fresh mint. For dinner, I savored the chicken teriyaki and Alex enjoyed the Hawaiian plate that came with rice, ahi tuna poke, salmon loki and pulled pork. Everything was delicious and I would definitely add this restaurant as one of the best stops on Road to Hana!

Hawaiian garlic shrimp from Hana Ranch Restaurant
The Hawaiian Plate from Hana Ranch Restaurant

The next night at Hana Ranch Restaurant, we both had a full course meal. For drinks, both of us had the “Hana Ranch Mai Tai”, which was very refreshing! I then enjoyed the Hawaiian garlic shrimp as an appetizer and for my main meal, I savored the Hawaiian plate that Alex had the night before, but instead of pulled pork, I enjoyed it with chicken.

A chocolate mousse cake

We both got desserts as well! I had the chocolate mousse cake and Alex got the mango cheesecake. Alex also savored the hummus plate as an appetizer with the shrimp linguine as her main dish on our second night. Once again, everything was to die for!

Hana Maui Resort Amenities:
A woman enjoying a double rainbow at Hana Maui Resort

In addition to the Hana Ranch Restaurant that guests can enjoy a lovely meal at, the resort also has Hana Dry Goods, where you can purchase pre-packaged items such as salads, sandwiches and tropical fresh fruit to go for the Road to Hana journey. There is also a pool bar where you can savor poolside bites and drinks and you can also order in-room dining.

For those looking to stay healthy and fit on their trip to Maui, the resort has a wellness center with a yoga pavilion that offers classes every morning that overlook the infinity pool and ocean nearby. There is also a full fitness center!

Hana Maui Resort also offers event spaces for weddings and corporate events. Since the resort is also situated on a large property, there are golf carts that you can request and someone will pick you up anywhere on the property and take you from the main lobby to your room or suite or from the restaurant to the parking lot to get your car. It is super convenient!

A food truck park in Hana.

There is also a food truck park located steps near the resort that includes a Thai restaurant, a BBQ joint, places to get tropical fruit bowls and coffee, plus more! We enjoyed eating at the Thai restaurant one evening. It is worth checking out on an adventure along Road to Hana in Maui.

10 Best Stops to See on Road to Hana:

A rock beach on Road to Hana in Maui

The Road to Hana in Maui is absolutely amazing! There is so much to see along this breathtaking road and I recommend starting your journey early in the morning so that you can see as much as possible on your adventure to Hana.

I also don’t recommend driving Road to Hana at night since there are no streetlights and everything closes at a certain time. You definitely don’t want to miss out on anything and you don’t want to put yourself in danger!

Coconut Glens on Road to Hana in Maui

Our day exploring the Road to Hana in Maui was a self-guided driving tour with our own vehicle. There are numerous guided tours that you can take around Road to Hana and you can download the Shaka Guide, which is a Road to Hana app that guides you on a tour for a small price.

Enjoy Fruit Bread at Nahiku Café – One of the Best Road to Hana Food Stops:
Fruit breads from food trucks on Road to Hana

One of the first stops we made along the Road to Hana was to Nahiku Café for breakfast at mile marker 29! At this adorable spot, you can enjoy pineapple coconut bread like I did, banana bread, dried fruit, candies and more. It is also a gift shop where you can purchase souvenirs for your loved ones back home! During our stop at Nahiku Café, I also enjoyed a macadamia nut latte. (Macadamia is a common staple all around Maui.)

Explore Hana Lava Tube:
Hana Lava Tube in Maui

Our first adventure along Road to Hana was exploring Hana Lava Tube at mile marker 31. From 10:30am to 4pm everyday, Hana Lava Tube is open for self-guided tours. It is one of the best Road to Hana sites to stop at.

At around $12 USD per person (cash only) for those six years and older, you will be given a flashlight and head into the caves. It is a really cool experience! Before you get to the cave itself, there are beautiful gardens with stunning plant life for you to admire.

The cave was formed a little less than a thousand years ago as a result of molten lava coming up from underground and flowing towards the ocean. As the lava was draining out, that was when the tunnel was formed. The Hana Lava Tube is the 18th largest in the world! Only half of the cave has been discovered and it is one of the most fascinating things to see on Road to Hana in Maui.

Natural wonders on Hana Highway

As you make your way into the cave, you will descent deeper into the lava tube and it becomes even more interesting. The temperature of the cave ranges between 66 to 72 degrees (Fahrenheit) throughout the year. The humidity remains a constant 70%.

The hole that you descend into the cave is called a skylight and the ceiling of the cave is usually 30 to 60 feet thick, making it extremely strong! The floor of the cave has only been modified slightly and is still mostly natural. Overall, it will take you around 40 minutes to walk through and explore Hana Lava Tube.

Savor Vegan Coconut Ice Cream at Coconut Glens on Road to Hana in Maui:
Coconut Glens on Road to Hana in Maui
Organic vegan coconut ice cream from Coconut Glens

One of the most popular stops on a Road to Hana trip in Maui is Coconut Glens at mile marker 27 ½. This adorable food truck offers delicious organic and vegan ice cream in a variety of different flavors such as matcha mint, which is what I got, chili chocolate, pineapple banana and more. It was absolutely delicious and there are so many cute spots to sit at and enjoy your coconut ice cream!

Admire the Beauty at Hanawai Falls:
Hanawai Falls on Road to Hana in Maui

If you’re wondering where to stop as you continue driving the Road to Hana from Hana Maui, you will come across numerous waterfalls along the side of the road. One of the best waterfall spots to stop at is Hanawai Falls, which is located right along the road, a little past mile marker 24.

Thankfully, there are a lot of pullover spots on Road to Hana and there is a large space across from the waterfalls where you can park your car, get out and see the falls. In addition, there are pools at Hanawai Falls that you can swim in as well. What is great about spots like Hanawai Falls is that it is free, making it a cheap Road to Hana tour. There are so many gems like this along the highway.

Check out the Waterfalls at Pua’a Ka’a State Wayside Park:
Waterfalls on Hana Highway

Located at mile marker 22.6, Pua’a Ka’a State Wayside Park is the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic and admire the waterfalls. Just like at Hanawai Falls, there is a parking area alongside Road to Hana that is straight across from Pua’a Ka’a falls.

From there, you can admire the waterfalls and also hike a little upstream to the upper falls. It is absolutely beautiful and you can go swimming at this spot as well.

See Makapipi Falls in Hana, Hawaii:
A woman discovering the waterfalls on Road to Hana in Maui

A little past mile marker 25 is Makapipi Falls, which is an easily accessible waterfall on Road to Hana. Out of all of the falls along Road to Hana in Maui, this waterfall is considered one of the most special stops. If you are up for it, you can also hike up to the vantage point, which is right above the waterfall, that offers stunning views.

Stop at all of the Overlooks – Best Road to Hana Must Stops:
A woman enjoying the views of the Pacific Ocean on Road to Hana in Maui

As you continue to drive along Road to Hana in Maui, you will come across numerous areas where you can pull over and enjoy breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, mountains, and local beaches. (There are numerous rock beaches, a black sand beach and even a red sand beach!) You will definitely not be disappointed by the views on the Road to Hana. Everything is so magical!

Visit Ka’enae Peninsula Maui:
A woman at Ke'anae Peninsula off of Road to Hana in Maui

Continuing your way past mile marker 16 is a road that will take you down to the traditional Hawaiian village called Ke’anae. What makes Ke’anae historical is that it suffered devastation after a tsunami that happened in 1946 without warning. After the tragedy, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center was implemented on Oahu’s Ewa Beach.

There are a lot of beautiful viewpoints along Ka’enae Peninsula where you can watch the waves crash along black lava rocks. (Please note that you cannot swim here because of the rough tides and rocky shoreline.)

During your time at Ka’enae Peninsula, definitely check out the stone church that was built in 1856. It is the only remaining building after the tsunami. If you’re hungry, head over to Aunty Sandy’s Banana Bread for delicious banana bread, a smoothie, sandwich or coconut candy. It is totally worth it during a journey through Road to Hana in Maui.

Hike through Maui’s Bamboo Forest:
Bamboo forest

The last spot to stop at along the Road to Hana from Hana Maui Resort, before turning around to go back, is the Bamboo Forest at Haleakala National Park at mile marker 7. (It will cost you $30 USD to get into the National Park and they also accept the America the Beautiful pass.) The Bamboo Forest also makes for a great Road to Hana starting point.

Before you go, make sure there is no flash flooding because that is when this specific hike can be dangerous. Overall, the hike isn’t too hard and it is beautiful! Other things to do at Haleakala National Park is hike the Pipiwai Trail, which features a lot of stunning waterfalls and a bayan tree and also hike the Kūloa Point Trail and the 7 Sacred Pools where you can see the famous Ohe’o Gulch. It is absolutely breathtaking and one of the best Road to Hana stops!

Relax at the Black Sand Beach in Wai’anapanapa State Park:
A woman relaxing on the back sand beach on Road to Hana in Maui

Saving one of the best for last, the black sand beach in Wai’anapanapa State Park is a jewel off the Road to Hana in Maui. Located at Mile Marker 32, close to Hana Maui Resort, Wai’anapanapa State Park costs $5 USD to enter and $10 USD to park your vehicle. You will also need to make a reservation ahead of time to visit this State Park. We made our reservation early in the morning of the day we visited, but I recommend booking it a day or two before you decide to go because it is one of the best stops on Road to Hana.

The scenery at Wai’anapanapa State Park is absolutely breathtaking. You can sit and relax at the black sand beach (which is actually made out of small black pebbles) or do an easy hike to see the ocean caves, sea arches, blow hole and more. You can swim at this beach, but the water is usually rough. There are also numerous cliffs at Wai’anapanapa State Park, so that you can have fun cliff jumping.


A woman at a scenic overlook on Road to Hana in Maui

I hope you all enjoyed discovering the best stops on Road to Hana and reading about my stay at Hana Maui Resort. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]

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26 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on April 16, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    This was an amazing virtual tour for me. I felt like I was going through the road to Hana ~ your stunning photos brought it to life as if we were there. You look gorgeous in all the photos ~ such beautiful colorful outfits and the stunning floral headpieces that Alex’s mother made was perfect for this tropical paradise. The Hana Maui resort looked amazing ~ the grounds were breathtaking ~ this is going to be a new bucket list hotel and trip for your dad and I ~ love the informative blog ~ awesome read ~ love you, mom 👩 xoxo ♥️

    • Taylor Deer on April 16, 2021 at 10:45 pm

      Thank you mom! You guys should’ve done the Road to Hana on your honeymoon. Gives you a reason to go back! Love you too <3

  2. Emma on April 16, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    I’ve heard such great things about the road to Hana. I can’t believe how beautiful it is. All of that food looks absolutely amazing, especially those breads from the bakery. Pineapple coconut is like my favorite combination.

    • Taylor Deer on April 17, 2021 at 8:03 pm

      It is definitely one of the top things to do in Maui. Everything is so amazing and those breads are delicious! 🙂

  3. Katy on April 17, 2021 at 2:14 am

    Looks like a super fun adventure! The food looks *amazing*. I want to visit Coconut Glen’s too.

    • Taylor Deer on April 17, 2021 at 8:03 pm

      It definitely was Katy! The vegan ice cream at Coconut Glen’s was so delicious! 🙂

  4. Katherine on April 17, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Well this just made me miss Maui A LOT. We drove the Road to Hana once and I remember how narrow the roads are, I thought my poor boyfriend was going to have an anxiety attack. It is so beautiful though, with so many great places to stop!

    • Taylor Deer on April 17, 2021 at 8:04 pm

      Haha yes, I definitely experienced anxiety when I first drove on it to get to our hotel. Afterwards, I was fine driving it the second, third and fourth times. 🙂 It’s so beautiful!

  5. Kelly on April 17, 2021 at 11:43 am

    What a fun road trip! Great photos and I would love to see Hanawai Falls for myself. Would also love to stop at Coconut Glen’s. Great post.

    • Taylor Deer on April 17, 2021 at 8:04 pm

      Thank you Kelly and it was such a great spot! 🙂

  6. Kelly on April 17, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Going to Maui soon! This makes me so excited about it!

    • Taylor Deer on April 17, 2021 at 8:05 pm

      You’re going to have the best time Kelly! 🙂

  7. Devin Held on April 17, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing time here! I’ve been wanting to visit Maui for quite a long time but haven’t made it out yet! Thanks for sharing your experience – it has made me even more excited to visit one day!

    • Taylor Deer on April 17, 2021 at 8:05 pm

      You would love Hawaii and Maui! Everything is so beautiful and amazing there. 🙂

  8. Karen on April 17, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    I enjoyed reading about the many things to do on the Road to Hana, Also all the information about the covid protocol was helpful. We’ve been thinking of going to Maui so i got a ton of information from this. I’d love to visit the caves and waterfalls.

    • Taylor Deer on April 18, 2021 at 10:58 am

      I am so happy you found this article helpful! It truly is such a magical place. 🙂

  9. Natalia on April 17, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Hawaii is still so high on my list! Really want to go and hope I can go soon! Saving all your Hawaii blog posts! They are so useful and insightful !

    • Taylor Deer on April 18, 2021 at 10:59 am

      It is so amazing Talia! You would love it so much! Thank you. 🙂

  10. Emma on April 18, 2021 at 4:38 am

    Spectacular photos – I’m definitely dreaming of an Hawaiian holiday now!

    • Taylor Deer on April 18, 2021 at 11:00 am

      Thank you so much Emma! It is so amazing. 🙂

  11. Lina on April 18, 2021 at 7:06 am

    Omg all your photos are seriously stunning Taylor! I always knew Hawaii is a beautiful place but this makes me want to go there even more! 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on April 18, 2021 at 11:00 am

      Thank you so much Alina! You definitely have to go at some point in the near future. 🙂

  12. Cosette on April 18, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    Your resort looks amazing and I would love to drive the road to Hana! Love all the waterfalls along the road. Will have to see them all.

    • Taylor Deer on April 18, 2021 at 4:42 pm

      Yes, you definitely have to visit in the near future. It is so beautiful there. 🙂

  13. Ashley Smith on May 1, 2021 at 10:34 am

    I spent a week in Maui and ended up getting the flu and, as much as I fought it, I could NOT bring myself to take the Road to Hana drive. 😭 I’m making a do-over soon so I’ll definitely use this post! Thanks!

    • Taylor Deer on May 1, 2021 at 6:23 pm

      Oh no! I’m sorry to hear you got sick during your trip. You definitely have to revisit at some point. 🙂

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A woman walking the black sand beach on Road to Hana in Maui

The Road to Hana in Maui is one of the most famous legendary drives in the world. At 64.4-miles long, the Road to Hana includes 620 curves, 59 bridges and breathtaking stops to enjoy on the way. In fact, Road to Hana in Hawaii is iconic for its narrow, one-lane bridges!

Overall, the Road to Hana was one of my favorite parts of my trip to Hawaii! The road features numerous overlooks that are absolutely breathtaking and there are so many great places to stop at and explore from a bamboo forest to various waterfalls and a black sand beach to numerous food trucks that sell delicious staples like vegan coconut ice cream to pineapple and banana bread.

A woman dancing through gardens found on Road to Hana in Maui

During March 2021, fellow travel blogger Alex of East Coast Contessa and myself did a wonderful 10-day trip to Hawaii and spent the first part of our trip on the island of Oahu and the second half of our journey on the island of Maui. Discover the 10 best things to do on Oahu!

Alex and I spent 6 days in Maui. We first explored West Maui for 3 days where we stayed in Lahaina and did a day trip to Wailea as well as a snorkeling tour to Molokini Crater. The later part of our time in Maui was spent exploring Hana. We stayed at the beautiful Hana Maui Resort, which is a heavenly boutique resort located on the Road to Hana, and the both of us explored all of the exciting things in the area.

Mountain views off of Road to Hana in Maui

In this blog post, discover the best stops on a self-drive Road to Hana tour in Maui and read all about our experience staying at the beautiful Hana Maui Resort in the actual town of Hana.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like. During my time in Hana, Hana Maui Resort hosted me for a few nights.


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Best Spots to see on the Road to Hana.

Traveling around Hawaii:

A woman sitting in a hot tub at Hana Maui Resort on Road to Hana

Getting to Hawaii was fairly easy. I flew from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey to Honolulu International Airport on the island of Oahu with a short layover in Los Angeles International Airport in California.

After spending four nights on Oahu, Alex and I took a short flight (that was less than 45 minutes) from Honolulu International Airport (Daniel K. Inouye International Airport) to Kahului Airport on the island of Maui. (Coming home, I flew from Kahului Airport to Newark with the same layover at LAX.) I found super affordable flights through Skyscanner! The best way to get from the airport to your accommodation is via Go Airport Shuttle!

Road to Hana in Maui

During a trip to Hawaii, I highly encourage everyone to rent a car on whatever island you choose to visit so that you can explore and not miss out on anything. (You should definitely have your own vehicle to drive the Road to Hana in Maui.)

On the island of Maui, there is a public bus transit system that includes 13 different routes, including one that goes to and from the airport. Please note that there are no bus routes to Hana. Maui also has Uber and Lyft services!

Driving on the Road to Hana – How to See the Best Stops Safely:

Beautiful views on Road to Hana in Maui

The Road to Hana on Maui is definitely made for confident drivers. The streets are very windy and narrow and there are a lot of potholes and unpaved areas. The road also includes one-lane bridges where you really need to be careful and mindful of other vehicles.

Before driving the Road to Hana, it is highly imperative that you have a functioning vehicle as well as a full tank of gas, since service stations are sparse until you reach the actual town of Hana. When we rented our car in Maui, we informed the rental company that we were going to be driving the Road to Hana and they recommended that we drive an SUV, so we were given a Chevy Equinox. It drove perfectly around Road to Hana’s curves and bridges.

Aunty Sandy's Banana Bread on Road to Hana in Maui

One of the most important things to bring on a journey around the Road to Hana is a map/GPS. Please make sure you download directions on your phone when you have service because there is barely any cell phone reception on the Road to Hana. I also recommend bringing proper hiking clothing, an optional change of clothes (I brought a dress for pictures), cash, comfortable hiking shoes or sneakers, bug spray, sunscreen, motion sickness medication (if you get car sick easily), an umbrella or poncho (in case it rains like it did on our adventure), a water bottle, a swimsuit for the beaches (please see below for outfit suggestions), sunglasses, a hat and hand sanitizer (since some of the restrooms don’t have soap containers).

I will admit that driving the Road to Hana to see the best stops is a little overwhelming when you first start your adventure. Since we stayed at Hana Maui, which is located right on Hana Highway, we had to drive on it quite a few times. (I was the driver on our trip.) Since we drove on Road to Hana a few times, I got used to it and became confident.

Where to Stay on a Road to Hana Hawaii Tour – Hana Maui Resort by Hyatt:

A woman enjoying a sunrise at Hana Maui Resort on Road to Hana

What I loved most about our Road to Hana journey during our time on Maui was staying at Hana Maui Resort in the actual town of Hana. It is super convenient as it is located right off of Hana Highway and is situated near awesome eateries, beaches and natural landmarks.

It was a treat staying at Hana Maui Resort by Hyatt. This beautiful hotel offers stunning hotel rooms, suites and family residences on their property. There are also 360-degree views all around that feature oceanfront views, a lot of great walking paths, two pools with a hot tub and plunge pool, a yoga pavilion, a fitness center with classes you can take, horse stables, cultural activities, an art gallery, library, spa and more!

A woman enjoying her stay at Road to Hana's Hana Maui Resort

Overall, Hana Maui Resort provides guests with a secluded luxury oasis where they can escape on East Maui and enjoy all of Hana’s renowned beaches, tropical forests, majestic waterfalls and more!

The Rooms at Hana Maui:
Sunrise views at Hana Maui Resort on Road to Hana

All of the hotel rooms, suites and family residences at Hana Maui Resort have views of the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Each room also comes with a private lanai, which allows people to enjoy Hana’s nature and even watch the sunrise over the ocean. In fact, a lot of the rooms are intentionally designed without clocks, radios or televisions so that guests can rest and relax.

During our time at Hana Maui, Alex and I stayed in the beautiful Two Queen Beds Ocean View Bungalow that offers breathtaking views of the ocean, vaulted ceilings with wooden beams, a dining table, couch and a wet bar. It was absolutely beautiful and I never wanted to leave!

Hana Maui Resort room

The beds at Hana Maui were so comfortable that I slept like a baby! I also loved how spacious the bathroom was. In addition to the private lanai that allowed us to watch the sunrise every morning, our room also came with plush robes, a coffeemaker, mini fridge, iron, safe and hair dryer.

Since Alex and I also had a little bit of a sunburn when we arrived at Hana Maui Resort, the hotel provided us with an aloe plant that helped ease our burns. It was awesome! They also provided us with snacks such as milk and dark chocolate bars, fruit chips, granola bars and more for our adventures along our Road to Hana tour.

Hana Maui Resort property off of Road to Hana

In addition to our room, there is also a King Studio with Partial Ocean View room; 1 King Bed Partial Ocean View room; 2 Queen Beds Partial Ocean View room; 1 King Bed Garden View room; 2 Queen Beds Garden View room; 1 King Bed ADA Tub Ocean View Bungalow; 2 Queen Beds ADA Tub Garden View room; 2 Bedroom Waikaloa Family Residence; 1 Bedroom Waikaloa Family Residence; Oceanfront Bungalow Premier Suite; 1 King Oceanfront Bungalow; 2 Queen Oceanfront Bungalow; Oceanfront Bungalow with Jacuzzi; 1 King Bed Ocean View Bungalow and 1 King Bed Garden Suite. Click here for more information.

Hana Ranch Restaurant:
Ukeleles from Hana Ranch Restaurant

Located at Hana Maui is Hana Ranch Restaurant, which features farm-to-table Hawaiian cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Both Alex and I ate at this wonderful restaurant for dinner two nights in a row, that’s how delicious it was!

Tropical drinks from Hana Ranch Restaurant
Chicken teriyaki from Hana Ranch Restaurant

During our first night, we both enjoyed delicious cocktails. Alex had the “Hamoa Breeze”, which came with strawberry purée and vodka and I had the “Lycheeto” that came with rum, lychee liquor and fresh mint. For dinner, I savored the chicken teriyaki and Alex enjoyed the Hawaiian plate that came with rice, ahi tuna poke, salmon loki and pulled pork. Everything was delicious and I would definitely add this restaurant as one of the best stops on Road to Hana!

Hawaiian garlic shrimp from Hana Ranch Restaurant
The Hawaiian Plate from Hana Ranch Restaurant

The next night at Hana Ranch Restaurant, we both had a full course meal. For drinks, both of us had the “Hana Ranch Mai Tai”, which was very refreshing! I then enjoyed the Hawaiian garlic shrimp as an appetizer and for my main meal, I savored the Hawaiian plate that Alex had the night before, but instead of pulled pork, I enjoyed it with chicken.

A chocolate mousse cake

We both got desserts as well! I had the chocolate mousse cake and Alex got the mango cheesecake. Alex also savored the hummus plate as an appetizer with the shrimp linguine as her main dish on our second night. Once again, everything was to die for!

Hana Maui Resort Amenities:
A woman enjoying a double rainbow at Hana Maui Resort

In addition to the Hana Ranch Restaurant that guests can enjoy a lovely meal at, the resort also has Hana Dry Goods, where you can purchase pre-packaged items such as salads, sandwiches and tropical fresh fruit to go for the Road to Hana journey. There is also a pool bar where you can savor poolside bites and drinks and you can also order in-room dining.

For those looking to stay healthy and fit on their trip to Maui, the resort has a wellness center with a yoga pavilion that offers classes every morning that overlook the infinity pool and ocean nearby. There is also a full fitness center!

Hana Maui Resort also offers event spaces for weddings and corporate events. Since the resort is also situated on a large property, there are golf carts that you can request and someone will pick you up anywhere on the property and take you from the main lobby to your room or suite or from the restaurant to the parking lot to get your car. It is super convenient!

A food truck park in Hana.

There is also a food truck park located steps near the resort that includes a Thai restaurant, a BBQ joint, places to get tropical fruit bowls and coffee, plus more! We enjoyed eating at the Thai restaurant one evening. It is worth checking out on an adventure along Road to Hana in Maui.

10 Best Stops to See on Road to Hana:

A rock beach on Road to Hana in Maui

The Road to Hana in Maui is absolutely amazing! There is so much to see along this breathtaking road and I recommend starting your journey early in the morning so that you can see as much as possible on your adventure to Hana.

I also don’t recommend driving Road to Hana at night since there are no streetlights and everything closes at a certain time. You definitely don’t want to miss out on anything and you don’t want to put yourself in danger!

Coconut Glens on Road to Hana in Maui

Our day exploring the Road to Hana in Maui was a self-guided driving tour with our own vehicle. There are numerous guided tours that you can take around Road to Hana and you can download the Shaka Guide, which is a Road to Hana app that guides you on a tour for a small price.

Enjoy Fruit Bread at Nahiku Café – One of the Best Road to Hana Food Stops:
Fruit breads from food trucks on Road to Hana

One of the first stops we made along the Road to Hana was to Nahiku Café for breakfast at mile marker 29! At this adorable spot, you can enjoy pineapple coconut bread like I did, banana bread, dried fruit, candies and more. It is also a gift shop where you can purchase souvenirs for your loved ones back home! During our stop at Nahiku Café, I also enjoyed a macadamia nut latte. (Macadamia is a common staple all around Maui.)

Explore Hana Lava Tube:
Hana Lava Tube in Maui

Our first adventure along Road to Hana was exploring Hana Lava Tube at mile marker 31. From 10:30am to 4pm everyday, Hana Lava Tube is open for self-guided tours. It is one of the best Road to Hana sites to stop at.

At around $12 USD per person (cash only) for those six years and older, you will be given a flashlight and head into the caves. It is a really cool experience! Before you get to the cave itself, there are beautiful gardens with stunning plant life for you to admire.

The cave was formed a little less than a thousand years ago as a result of molten lava coming up from underground and flowing towards the ocean. As the lava was draining out, that was when the tunnel was formed. The Hana Lava Tube is the 18th largest in the world! Only half of the cave has been discovered and it is one of the most fascinating things to see on Road to Hana in Maui.

Natural wonders on Hana Highway

As you make your way into the cave, you will descent deeper into the lava tube and it becomes even more interesting. The temperature of the cave ranges between 66 to 72 degrees (Fahrenheit) throughout the year. The humidity remains a constant 70%.

The hole that you descend into the cave is called a skylight and the ceiling of the cave is usually 30 to 60 feet thick, making it extremely strong! The floor of the cave has only been modified slightly and is still mostly natural. Overall, it will take you around 40 minutes to walk through and explore Hana Lava Tube.

Savor Vegan Coconut Ice Cream at Coconut Glens on Road to Hana in Maui:
Coconut Glens on Road to Hana in Maui
Organic vegan coconut ice cream from Coconut Glens

One of the most popular stops on a Road to Hana trip in Maui is Coconut Glens at mile marker 27 ½. This adorable food truck offers delicious organic and vegan ice cream in a variety of different flavors such as matcha mint, which is what I got, chili chocolate, pineapple banana and more. It was absolutely delicious and there are so many cute spots to sit at and enjoy your coconut ice cream!

Admire the Beauty at Hanawai Falls:
Hanawai Falls on Road to Hana in Maui

If you’re wondering where to stop as you continue driving the Road to Hana from Hana Maui, you will come across numerous waterfalls along the side of the road. One of the best waterfall spots to stop at is Hanawai Falls, which is located right along the road, a little past mile marker 24.

Thankfully, there are a lot of pullover spots on Road to Hana and there is a large space across from the waterfalls where you can park your car, get out and see the falls. In addition, there are pools at Hanawai Falls that you can swim in as well. What is great about spots like Hanawai Falls is that it is free, making it a cheap Road to Hana tour. There are so many gems like this along the highway.

Check out the Waterfalls at Pua’a Ka’a State Wayside Park:
Waterfalls on Hana Highway

Located at mile marker 22.6, Pua’a Ka’a State Wayside Park is the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic and admire the waterfalls. Just like at Hanawai Falls, there is a parking area alongside Road to Hana that is straight across from Pua’a Ka’a falls.

From there, you can admire the waterfalls and also hike a little upstream to the upper falls. It is absolutely beautiful and you can go swimming at this spot as well.

See Makapipi Falls in Hana, Hawaii:
A woman discovering the waterfalls on Road to Hana in Maui

A little past mile marker 25 is Makapipi Falls, which is an easily accessible waterfall on Road to Hana. Out of all of the falls along Road to Hana in Maui, this waterfall is considered one of the most special stops. If you are up for it, you can also hike up to the vantage point, which is right above the waterfall, that offers stunning views.

Stop at all of the Overlooks – Best Road to Hana Must Stops:
A woman enjoying the views of the Pacific Ocean on Road to Hana in Maui

As you continue to drive along Road to Hana in Maui, you will come across numerous areas where you can pull over and enjoy breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, mountains, and local beaches. (There are numerous rock beaches, a black sand beach and even a red sand beach!) You will definitely not be disappointed by the views on the Road to Hana. Everything is so magical!

Visit Ka’enae Peninsula Maui:
A woman at Ke'anae Peninsula off of Road to Hana in Maui

Continuing your way past mile marker 16 is a road that will take you down to the traditional Hawaiian village called Ke’anae. What makes Ke’anae historical is that it suffered devastation after a tsunami that happened in 1946 without warning. After the tragedy, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center was implemented on Oahu’s Ewa Beach.

There are a lot of beautiful viewpoints along Ka’enae Peninsula where you can watch the waves crash along black lava rocks. (Please note that you cannot swim here because of the rough tides and rocky shoreline.)

During your time at Ka’enae Peninsula, definitely check out the stone church that was built in 1856. It is the only remaining building after the tsunami. If you’re hungry, head over to Aunty Sandy’s Banana Bread for delicious banana bread, a smoothie, sandwich or coconut candy. It is totally worth it during a journey through Road to Hana in Maui.

Hike through Maui’s Bamboo Forest:
Bamboo forest

The last spot to stop at along the Road to Hana from Hana Maui Resort, before turning around to go back, is the Bamboo Forest at Haleakala National Park at mile marker 7. (It will cost you $30 USD to get into the National Park and they also accept the America the Beautiful pass.) The Bamboo Forest also makes for a great Road to Hana starting point.

Before you go, make sure there is no flash flooding because that is when this specific hike can be dangerous. Overall, the hike isn’t too hard and it is beautiful! Other things to do at Haleakala National Park is hike the Pipiwai Trail, which features a lot of stunning waterfalls and a bayan tree and also hike the Kūloa Point Trail and the 7 Sacred Pools where you can see the famous Ohe’o Gulch. It is absolutely breathtaking and one of the best Road to Hana stops!

Relax at the Black Sand Beach in Wai’anapanapa State Park:
A woman relaxing on the back sand beach on Road to Hana in Maui

Saving one of the best for last, the black sand beach in Wai’anapanapa State Park is a jewel off the Road to Hana in Maui. Located at Mile Marker 32, close to Hana Maui Resort, Wai’anapanapa State Park costs $5 USD to enter and $10 USD to park your vehicle. You will also need to make a reservation ahead of time to visit this State Park. We made our reservation early in the morning of the day we visited, but I recommend booking it a day or two before you decide to go because it is one of the best stops on Road to Hana.

The scenery at Wai’anapanapa State Park is absolutely breathtaking. You can sit and relax at the black sand beach (which is actually made out of small black pebbles) or do an easy hike to see the ocean caves, sea arches, blow hole and more. You can swim at this beach, but the water is usually rough. There are also numerous cliffs at Wai’anapanapa State Park, so that you can have fun cliff jumping.


A woman at a scenic overlook on Road to Hana in Maui

I hope you all enjoyed discovering the best stops on Road to Hana and reading about my stay at Hana Maui Resort. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]

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26 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on April 16, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    This was an amazing virtual tour for me. I felt like I was going through the road to Hana ~ your stunning photos brought it to life as if we were there. You look gorgeous in all the photos ~ such beautiful colorful outfits and the stunning floral headpieces that Alex’s mother made was perfect for this tropical paradise. The Hana Maui resort looked amazing ~ the grounds were breathtaking ~ this is going to be a new bucket list hotel and trip for your dad and I ~ love the informative blog ~ awesome read ~ love you, mom 👩 xoxo ♥️

    • Taylor Deer on April 16, 2021 at 10:45 pm

      Thank you mom! You guys should’ve done the Road to Hana on your honeymoon. Gives you a reason to go back! Love you too <3

  2. Emma on April 16, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    I’ve heard such great things about the road to Hana. I can’t believe how beautiful it is. All of that food looks absolutely amazing, especially those breads from the bakery. Pineapple coconut is like my favorite combination.

    • Taylor Deer on April 17, 2021 at 8:03 pm

      It is definitely one of the top things to do in Maui. Everything is so amazing and those breads are delicious! 🙂

  3. Katy on April 17, 2021 at 2:14 am

    Looks like a super fun adventure! The food looks *amazing*. I want to visit Coconut Glen’s too.

    • Taylor Deer on April 17, 2021 at 8:03 pm

      It definitely was Katy! The vegan ice cream at Coconut Glen’s was so delicious! 🙂

  4. Katherine on April 17, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Well this just made me miss Maui A LOT. We drove the Road to Hana once and I remember how narrow the roads are, I thought my poor boyfriend was going to have an anxiety attack. It is so beautiful though, with so many great places to stop!

    • Taylor Deer on April 17, 2021 at 8:04 pm

      Haha yes, I definitely experienced anxiety when I first drove on it to get to our hotel. Afterwards, I was fine driving it the second, third and fourth times. 🙂 It’s so beautiful!

  5. Kelly on April 17, 2021 at 11:43 am

    What a fun road trip! Great photos and I would love to see Hanawai Falls for myself. Would also love to stop at Coconut Glen’s. Great post.

    • Taylor Deer on April 17, 2021 at 8:04 pm

      Thank you Kelly and it was such a great spot! 🙂

  6. Kelly on April 17, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Going to Maui soon! This makes me so excited about it!

    • Taylor Deer on April 17, 2021 at 8:05 pm

      You’re going to have the best time Kelly! 🙂

  7. Devin Held on April 17, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing time here! I’ve been wanting to visit Maui for quite a long time but haven’t made it out yet! Thanks for sharing your experience – it has made me even more excited to visit one day!

    • Taylor Deer on April 17, 2021 at 8:05 pm

      You would love Hawaii and Maui! Everything is so beautiful and amazing there. 🙂

  8. Karen on April 17, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    I enjoyed reading about the many things to do on the Road to Hana, Also all the information about the covid protocol was helpful. We’ve been thinking of going to Maui so i got a ton of information from this. I’d love to visit the caves and waterfalls.

    • Taylor Deer on April 18, 2021 at 10:58 am

      I am so happy you found this article helpful! It truly is such a magical place. 🙂

  9. Natalia on April 17, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Hawaii is still so high on my list! Really want to go and hope I can go soon! Saving all your Hawaii blog posts! They are so useful and insightful !

    • Taylor Deer on April 18, 2021 at 10:59 am

      It is so amazing Talia! You would love it so much! Thank you. 🙂

  10. Emma on April 18, 2021 at 4:38 am

    Spectacular photos – I’m definitely dreaming of an Hawaiian holiday now!

    • Taylor Deer on April 18, 2021 at 11:00 am

      Thank you so much Emma! It is so amazing. 🙂

  11. Lina on April 18, 2021 at 7:06 am

    Omg all your photos are seriously stunning Taylor! I always knew Hawaii is a beautiful place but this makes me want to go there even more! 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on April 18, 2021 at 11:00 am

      Thank you so much Alina! You definitely have to go at some point in the near future. 🙂

  12. Cosette on April 18, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    Your resort looks amazing and I would love to drive the road to Hana! Love all the waterfalls along the road. Will have to see them all.

    • Taylor Deer on April 18, 2021 at 4:42 pm

      Yes, you definitely have to visit in the near future. It is so beautiful there. 🙂

  13. Ashley Smith on May 1, 2021 at 10:34 am

    I spent a week in Maui and ended up getting the flu and, as much as I fought it, I could NOT bring myself to take the Road to Hana drive. 😭 I’m making a do-over soon so I’ll definitely use this post! Thanks!

    • Taylor Deer on May 1, 2021 at 6:23 pm

      Oh no! I’m sorry to hear you got sick during your trip. You definitely have to revisit at some point. 🙂

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