Maui

REVERSE ROAD TO HANA TOUR

Description

Most Road to Hana tours start in Paia, but our Reverse Road to Hana Tour begins in Kula on the opposite side of the island. There are some serious advantages to this. Mainly, you’ll beat the crowds at some of the Road to Hana's most popular spots, like Oheo Pools and Hana Town. Not only that, you’ll visit the rarely explored backside of the Road to Hana.

Here are just a few of the fun things you can do on the tour!

•⁠ Explore the back road to Hana
•⁠ Beat the crowds to Oheo Gulch (Seven Sacred Falls)
• Visit Hana Town
•⁠ Explore Wai'anapanapa State Park to visit a Black Sand Beach⁠
•⁠ Visit loads of scenic waterfalls

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Recommended Start Time: Before 8:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Kula Town
Direction: Counterclockwise, beginning in Kula Town in Upcountry Maui and ending in Kahului
Please Note: The backside of Hana has some graded dirt roads and rusty guardrails so the drive requires extra caution. Because of this, some rental car companies will void insurance if you drive on the backside of Hana. Confirm that you're able to drive this section of the island with your rental car company in advance.

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Full-Day Tour (10-12 Hours) 127 Narration Points

​Features

  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling

Tour Stops

  • Natural Sea Arch

  • Huakini Beach

  • Alelele Waterfall

  • Charles Lindbergh's Grave

  • Oheo Gulch aka Pools of ‘Ohe’o aka Seven Sacred Pools

  • Pipiwai Trail

  • Waioka Pond (aka Venus Pool)

  • Wailua Falls

  • Hamoa Beach

  • Koki Beach

  • Hasegawa General Store

  • Hana Town

  • Wai'anapanapa Blacks Sand Beach

  • Kahanu Gardens

  • Nahiku Landing

  • Makapipi Falls

  • Nahiku Marketplace

  • Ka'eleku Caverns (Secret Lava Tube Cave)

  • Wailua Iki Falls hike

  • Waikani Falls (3 Bears)

  • Wailua Valley State Wayside Park

  • Halfway to Hana

  • Keanae Valley Overlook

  • Ching's Pond

  • Ke'anae Peninsula

  • Aunty Sandy’s Banana Bread

  • Ke'anae Arboretum

  • Nua'ailua Viewpoint

  • Honomanu Bay View

  • Kaumahina State Park

  • Garden of Eden Arboretum

  • Waikamoi Ridge Trail

  • Twin Falls

  • Jaws

  • Ho’okipa Beach

  • Paia Town

Tour FAQ’s

Where does the tour go?

This tour begins in Kula Town in upcountry Maui and travels around the eastern coast of the island until you reach Hana Town. From there, you’ll travel along Hana Highway to Paia, the traditional starting point for the Road to Hana.


Here are some of the popular spots you can explore on the tour! 


  • Backside of Hana
  • Charles Lindberg's Grave
  • Wailua Iki Falls
  • Oheo Gulch & Pipiwai Trail
  • Venus Pools 
  • Hamoa Beach
  • Hana Town
  • Wai'anapanapa Black Sand Beach
  • Nahiku Landing 
  • Keahua Peninsula 
  • Honomanu Bay
  • Twin Falls

For help planning your day check out our Reverse Road to Hana suggested itinerary and here's everything you need to know before you go.

What should I pack and budget?

  • Sneakers & hiking clothes
  • Water
  • Bug spray
  • Towel
  • Bathing Suit & sandals 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Sun Glasses and/or Hat
  • Snacks
  • Car Charger
  • Camera
  • Cash (see budget below)


How much you spend really depends on the activities you choose to do along the tour route, but here’s a breakdown of some costs. 


  • $9.99: Shaka Guide’s Reverse Road to Hana Tour
  • $30.00 per car: Haleakala National Park (Oheo Pools) 
  • $15.00 for adults: Garden of Eden (per person)
  • $11.95 per person: Hana Lava Tube 
  • $10.00 per person: Kahana Gardens
  • $15.00 per person: Lunch 
  • $10.00: Local snack, like banana bread or shave ice 

Can I join the tour along the route?

Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. If you don’t begin at one of the tour starting points you’ll miss a few stories, but you’ll still have a great experience. 

Can I take the tour in the opposite direction?

No, this tour can only be done counterclockwise starting in Kula Town. If you’d like to start the tour in Paia or Kahului check out our Loop Road to Hana Tour. 

What time will I get to Hana?

From the start of the tour in Kula, it takes about three hours to get to Hana, depending on the stops you make and how long you stay at each spot. 


Check out our Reverse Road to Hana suggested itinerary for help managing your time and planning your day.

What if I am spending the night in Hana?

Great! This means you can really take your time and break the tour up into two days. Just switch the tour off when you arrive in Hana, and turn it back on when you’re ready to get on the road the next day.

Is it safe to drive the Road to Hana at night?

Yes, however, the Road to Hana is a one-lane highway with twists and turns. For this reason, we recommend you start this tour early to avoid night-time driving as much as possible. One pro to this tour  you’ll arrive to some of the most popular stops before anyone else and you’re traveling in the opposite direction. This means you’ll save time sitting in traffic. 


Check out our suggested itinerary to learn more about planning your day to avoid driving at night.

Other Questions? Contact Us!

Still have questions? Send us an email at aloha@shakaguide.com or give us a call on 1-888-250-2261.

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Great directions and interesting stories!

bananaBEN2046 | March 2021
The app takes you turn by turn and explains the points of interest and history of all major points along the way. We learned a lot, the directions were clear and stress-free, and there were several excellent hikes and stops along the way!

Great app!

Jess C O | March 2021
A must have for road to hana.

Awesome!

Sick nasty 2121 | March 2021
🤙🏻🤙🏻🤙🏻 Great App! Wouldn’t have had as much fun without it. Tells you places to avoid because there are better sights to see. You need to make a reservation for black sand beach (probably because of COVID) they usually don’t do same day reservations so book in advance! Awesome time along the Road to Hana! Thank you!
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