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Hana for a single night for family of 5?

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Hana for a single night for family of 5?


We are planning our first Maui vacation for this August where we will be staying in one of the Kapalua Golf Villas (3 adults, kids 9 and 12). In our 8 days on the island we are trying to decide how to approach the Road to Hana adventure...should we go for one full day trip (12 hours) or do an overnight in Hana, so we can explore south of Maui and return to Kapalua mid afternoon to relax on the beach before dinner. I understand there is road construction that may impact that option. We are interested in the gardens for photo opportunities, BRIEF hikes to waterfalls and swim ponds...and of course local food stands. I saw in another post to be wary of accommodations in Hana that may not be “legal”. Any suggestions? We just need clean beds and a private bathroom. We figure it is our 2 days of “roughing it” for the week. [We are staying at the Volcano House on the Big Island for 4 days, so we have a diverse vacation planned.]. If there are sights or towns to hit to get the local, non-touristy Hawaiian feel, please do tell. It will be great to do in between the beach days and Laihana.

Any advice is welcomed! Mahalo!

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1. Re: Hana for a single night for family of 5?

Hi Maria,

Not sure where to stay in Hana, but re doing it as a day trip, I wondered if you saw the responses to your question yesterday in this thread? https:/…91086869

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2. Re: Hana for a single night for family of 5?

We stayed a night at the Wai'anapanapa State Park Cabins and thought it was a neat, rustic experience. Minimum booking is for two nights but the cost was still lower than everything else we had seen. It gave us the freedom to slow down and enjoy the “Road” and all it had to offer. I highly recommend staying a night somewhere around Hana.

We have two kids and these are the stops we made; Wai'anapanapa, Pipiwai Trail, Hamoa Beach, Koki Beach, Huli Huli Chicken, and Ching’s pond.

We also downloaded the app tour guide for our phone (Shaka Guide) and loved hearing the Hawaiian music, history and stories etc.

Have fun!


Edited: 14 April 2018, 23:47
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3. Re: Hana for a single night for family of 5?

A couple of years ago, I decided to do the Road to Hana solo. So as to enjoy the drive and stops at an unrushed pace, I booked one night at the Hana Kai. Simple but quality lodging at an affordable price.

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4. Re: Hana for a single night for family of 5?

We have a reservation at the cabins in September for just one night. What I did was look at the schedule of availability for our time in Maui and then picked a date that was open for one day between other bookings. So we got our one night stay and didn't have to pay for two nights and they filled a night they might otherwise not have booked.

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5. Re: Hana for a single night for family of 5?

Staying for only 8 nights I would not devote 2 days to Hana. You will also by double booked for 5 people.

Booking a night requires commitment - the risk is that the weather and road conditions are bad on the day you booked, which could cause you to cancel. Plan a day trip early in the visit, then any cancellation allows flexibility to reschedule.

Staying over also means more stuff in the car, you cannot leave anything in the car unattended, hidden or not, theft does occur.

Do a day trip, save the money and spend it on something else.

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6. Re: Hana for a single night for family of 5?

I wouldn't do an overnight-or 2. Not only for the reasons already cited, but the fact that August is often when we get tropical storms here. They may not happen, or may not be bad---but Hana is often impacted by them even if the main storm is a hundred miles away.

You will have soooooooooo much to see and do on Maui. You can explore north of Kapalua a ways, spend a day down south at La Perouse, Makena, Wailea, and Kihei. Another day could be the Waihe'e Ridge Trail and 'Iao Valley. Then another out on the ocean! Then there is still Haleakala and/or Hana to consider-but you are almost out of time.

I'd put either Hana or Haleakala on the list-and be prepared to throw the list away :-).

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