Hana Highway - Road to Hana

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Hana Highway - Road to Hana

Hana Highway - Road to Hana
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A scenic and often dangerous road popular with the more adventurous visitor.
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Soos Pel
Omaha, NE8 contributions
Family
I have done the road to Hana 2 1/2 times. The first time we did need to turn around partway because my daughter was carsick. I would definitely encourage anyone who does not like curves to make sure you take some medication before hand. We downloaded an app that took us through the entire journey. It was very helpful and we tried stopping everywhere we could. The kids did some cliff jumping, we saw beautiful trees and flowers, and had some nice little hikes. The state park that is closer to Hana is now reservation only. That is a beautiful park that we really enjoyed the first time that we went but we were unable to enjoy this time because of the reservation system. It’s definitely changed the journey, so please try to get an appointment. We found the other drivers to be very courteous and did not feel nervous about the ride at all. This is a must do when in Maui. You might never get the chance again!
Written 16 August 2022
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Tina C
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Family
Thanks Sale! Great tour, learnt and saw a lot. We requested for our son, youngest on the minibus, prone to motion sickness and sensory/autistic tendencies to sit near front on reserved for disability, explaining all of the above, and we were told by driver that he would see if anyone with a physical disability needed it first before he would allow that as he couldn’t just allow anyone who wants the seat to have it. This was fair enough but just need the driver to be aware that not all disabilities are visible and it was a bit embarrassing to be almost accused of just lying in front of other customers, to be able to sit in the front seat! Apart from that awkward start, the rest of the trip was lovely.

Just to note though, a long day for young families, 6:30am start for us - finished 12 hours later. But plenty of stops made along way, and opportunities for drinks/snacks. Lovely lunch. Some of the stops felt a bit rushed, but overall lots experienced on this tour. The driver was really interesting and informative.
Written 16 August 2022
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Amr A
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Couples
The Road To Hana is something that needs to be less advertised as an epic adventure.

It’s an Instagram fad that is very dangerous, and terrifying. My wife and I, on our honeymoon decided to go; as it was a “must do in Maui” we did tons of research, but came to very little negative reviews on what it’s actually like. We did all the recommended things - downloaded the gypsy app; left super early, fueled up before we went….

People usually say “oh it’s a little tight and pack some patience.” But what they fail to tell you, is how overpacked and unsafe this road actually is.

I am a very experienced driver and after being on the edge of our nerves for 3 hours, we weren’t even interested in seeing the sights. We just wanted to go home.

This highway is used by the locals to travel the entire stretch is pretty much a 1-laned highway passing through a lush Forrest with plenty of sights to see.

It is truly beautiful.

However let’s talk facts; some other drivers are careless and impatient. They don’t respect the speed limit, or signs, the locals rightfully get frustrated at the overcrowding, and disrespectful nature of the tourists. There is little to no parking anywhere along the road you… you have to just improvise? Further complicating the experience.

By the end of the trip you are rewarded by getting to do that entire length back on nerves - again. Only it’s probably darker out - and everyone is trying to leave before nightfall.

The only reason we gave this an additional star is because of the local park ranger at the Haleakala National park - Kīpahulu District; she was lovely. We shared our experience with her and she honestly recommended the back road out and not going back via Hana. What an absolute superstar!

10 mile of sketchy road vs the entire length back on edge. She kept saying “be patient with the road and it will reward you. 10 miles and it gets great.” She was not wrong. It opens up on the back end of Maui behind Haleakala. It’s landscape is vast and breathtaking. Way better then the route via Hana. The entire time you are ascending Haleakala catching the sweeping landscape. The locals here are far more patient, there is way less traffic and you feel safer.

We did not enjoy the road to Hana, but loved the road back from Hana because of that park ranger.

There needs to be a toll on this road (for tourists only) with a limit on how many vehicles can be permitted through within three hours. Pay for the road expansion from the tolls, and continue to regulate the flow of tourism via the toll gate to help ease the tension between locals and tourists; as well as that parking situation.

This is not a safe route for regular tourism, there is very little infrastructure to support the amount of volume that is pouring into this sacred place.
Written 14 August 2022
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Wikumj
Bromley, UK202 contributions
Couples
An unforgettable experience! We were daunted about renting a car and doing this ourselves given the long and curvy nature of the road, but the drive was fine in the end. The road is in good condition and there weren’t any parts that we felt were unsafe. It helps we had two people to rotate driving between.

Some tips:
- Set off as early as you can. If you start the drive from 7am you can beat a lot of the crowds and traffic and get back before it gets dark
- Download the ‘Get Your Guide’ app and its Road to Hana guide which narrates during the drive. This explains the points of interests and provides insight into Hawaiian history and culture
- Wear swimwear underneath and bring everything you would usually take to a beach (towel, sun cream etc) so you can dip in the waterfall pools
- Bring mosquito repellant and reapply it throughout the day
- Bring something to charge your phone, such as a battery pack or car charger
- Bring both regular footwear (for walking trails) and either sandals or water shoes for the waterfalls
- Food options seemed fairly limited on the road. We brought sandwiches and snacks, which also saves a lot of time.
- Being a raincoat or poncho in case of rain

It’s impossible to do everything on Road to Hana in one day so reading ahead helps you to prioritise stops. Our highlights were the beautiful Garden of Eden arboretum and the Keannae peninsula (be sure to pick up Aunty Sandy’s awesome and famous roadside banana bread, it is delicious!).

A couple more warnings:

- Waiʻānapanapa State Park, where the black sand beach is, requires a reservation booked in advance on their website. We didn’t have a reservation so missed this.

- Road parking next to some of the waterfalls is very limited. If there’s nowhere to park at one waterfall simply drive on, don’t worry there are plenty of waterfalls along the way

- Locals travel much faster on the roads than the speed limits advise. If a string of cars is building up behind you simply pull up at one of the many waysides and let them pass, it’s less stressful than worrying if you’re holding people up.
Written 8 August 2022
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VanFam
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Family
What to drive: You’ll see a lot of Wranglers, but if you don’t plan to venture off road IMO the vehicle of choice would be a sports sedan. (Dodge Charger or similar. Challenger if only 1 or 2 people). Don’t get me wrong, Wranglers are one of the best vehicles on the planet. But with Hana rain chances occurring throughout the day, you’ll be putting the tops on and off all day long. For those who need Dramamine take it.
What to do: Before you head out, plan your route for stopping at the occasional scenic spots, banana bread stands, and food trucks. We stayed in Hana which was a great way to explore all Hana has to offer vs driving from the west side. If you do stay there, start your adventure with the furthest place on the road to Hana and work back against the wave of crowds.
Also keep in mind most food options close either when they run out or by 5:00pm. I believe only one restaurant in Hana is open late; Hana Ranch. There are a couple small grocery options as well. Oh, one last piece of advice. Let the locals pass when you get to a pull off.
Mahalo.
Written 8 August 2022
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Catherine
6 contributions
Family
Black Sand Beach is NOT good for boogie boarding or snorkeling as it is very dangerous with rip tides and strong currents!
Written 6 August 2022
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awdang_99
Redwood City, CA69 contributions
I am glad to have experienced this drive for myself, but to be honest, I probably won't do it again (assuming I am able to visit Maui again in the future).

We left early to beat the crowds. However for the most part, you are always going to experience some number of people as their is limited parking for all of the people visiting this area. I watched a number of Youtube videos so I was pretty prepared for this experience. Most of the waterfalls are 1-2 mile hikes from the road which was a little too much for what we wanted to experience. So we ended up skipping most of the sites.

The road is narrow and becomes even more narrow when the big trucks come flying by. The drive was long due to the narrow roads.

If you are adventurous, this will be great for you. For others, if you don't mind the long drive, narrow road, dirty shoes from hiking, then this will also be for you.
Written 6 August 2022
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Richard F
Beverly, MA3 contributions
Crazy fun trip. We went on a private tour with Hawaii by Storm. Our guide, Mana, was the best tour guide any of us have ever traveled with. That is not hyperbole. He had us informed, laughing, and coming up for air all day long. It is definitely something you should do and leave the driving in an experts hands. Again, Mana at Hawaii by Storm if you ever go.
Written 30 July 2022
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Panos A
UK112 contributions
Family
Excellent.. a must do when in Maui. This trip has it all, amazing scenery, rainforest, waterfalls. Could be a little hairy in places if driving yourself.
Written 30 July 2022
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Carakmd
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Family
The most terrifying road I have ever been on in my life. We only went halfway. Steep cliffs, one lane roads and no guardrails. Many places you can barely make it by oncoming vehicles. Maui needs to invest some tourist money on their roads. We came to Maui for a relaxing vacation. This road is anxiety attack drive. The road around the Big Island is so much better, beautiful and not terrifying like Road to Hana. No thanks. Very overrated. I think they are just trying to up tourism on that road. Trying to sell more banana bread? Make your roads better/safer with all that tourist money Maui. Some people like it so you can always go halfway up and see what you think. I’ll go back to relaxing on the beach. Other places have much better/ grander waterfalls.
Written 28 July 2022
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