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The name of this waterfall is “Twin Falls”, but unknown to most, there are actually three different falls in the area - twin falls, rope swing, and caves. If you want to make it all the way to Hana and beyond today, there are better hiking opportunities waiting for you down the road.
Twin falls is a nice family-friendly walk. So if if it isn’t too crowded, or if you have children .. Or even some adults… that are grumbling to get out of the car, this is definitely a great stop!
This family-friendly trail is a short three quarter mile loop that takes you through a forest of giant eucalyptus and mahogany trees. Consider making a quick stop here if you’d like, especially if you have kids that are looking to stretch their legs.
Hana bay is the de facto central gathering place for weary drivers. It is a great place to walk around for a bit and stretch your legs. There’s also a café called the Barefoot Cafe at the bay that sells good local food. Look in the app under highlights for more restaurant options. There are restrooms here if you need them.
On the opposite side of the bay here, around the back side of the big cinder cone mountain is red sand beach if you are up for a little hike.
There have been talks to develop this bay into a more commercialized harbor but locals here in Hana are staunchly against development. They want to keep their town quiet and remote.
Just before you arrive at the bay, near the town center, is the Hana cultural center and museum. The museum has a small but wonderful collection of ancient artifacts, colorful quilts and even a courthouse and jail that was built back in 1871. Admission is free but donations are accepted. But be aware that since this is a non-profit run by volunteers, the museum is only open for sure on wednesday and thursday. Although it might also open on other weekdays on occasion. If you are in the area and not in a rush, it may be worth popping in to see if they are open today.
Hana Cultural Center and Museum
4974 Uakea Rd.
Hana, HI, 96713
Phone: (808) 248-8622
Explore a huge underground Lava tube! Fun for the whole family. Plan on about 40 minutes to really see the whole thing.
Admission is $11.95 per person. Flashlights included with admission.
“This is an incredible family adventure. It is safe, fun and free of mosquitoes and bats. You will marvel at the underground lavascape, as your mind expands and your world becomes more wondrous. Temperatures are comfortable year round and the clear cinder trail is easily traveled. (You must have good vision and be physically fit for walking on this natural terrain).”
Hana Lava Tube
205 Ulaino Rd, Hana, HI 96713
Phone: (808) 248-7308
Open daily 10:30 - 4pm
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Waikani falls is actually a series of 3 waterfalls, also known by its nickname - the three bears falls.
In case you are wondering, there are actually no bears in Hawaii. The falls likely got this nickname because the 3 falls have different heights, short, medium and tall, just like the family of bears in the children’s story – goldilocks and the 3 bears.
Unfortunately, there is no parking next to the waterfall but my recommendation is that you drive past the falls, find a place to park by the side of the road, then walk back for a good view and some pictures. However, the road is pretty narrow here so be careful and watch for cars.
If the road to Hana somehow hasn’t impressed you yet with all its waterfalls… get ready to be amazed by wailua falls, a breathtaking 80-foot waterfall, that you can see right from the road. Wailua falls is definitely the big daddy of all waterfalls on this drive. The best view of the waterfalls is also right from the bridge.
So drive past the bridge ahead, find parking to your left. Then, carefully walk back to the bridge, for that perfect waterfall selfie. If you want to walk down to the base of the falls, there is a small but tricky trail to the right of the bridge.
While here, remember to not get caught up in taking pictures so much that you forget to enjoy the moment… standing in front of the amazing wailua falls and surrounded by a lush tropical paradise.
Ching’s pond is a beautiful waterfall with a freshwater pond that you can swim in. It can get crowded sometimes, but it’s one of the most accessible waterfalls where you can swim on the tour today. There is a narrow area in the pond to rock jump. But make sure you check water depth before you jump. On occasion you may find some locals here swimming, they usually are nice enough but can sometimes be mean to tourists. Just have to feel them out.
You will see a large shoulder on your right after the bridge. Park at the shoulder, then walk across the street. You will find a trail down to ching’s pond behind the guardrails. Watch your steps, as the path is steep. Even if you don’t plan on swimming, ching’s pond still makes a great backdrop for some spectacular photos!
The pipiwai trail starts near the national park visitor center and winds through the jungle forest lined with fruiting guava and mountain apple trees.
About a half mile into the trail, you will find the Makahiku waterfall. It measures at just under 190 feet high, and empties into an amazing ravine. If you are not able to hike the entire 4 miles, you should consider at least hiking the half mile to the first waterfall overlook.
Oheo pools’ nickname of the seven sacred pools is not exactly accurate, since there are a lot more than 7 pools, more like 20 in fact. These pools stretch back far into the valley for about 2 miles.
So who came up with the idea of “7 sacred pools” then?
Well, supposedly, it was coined by some clever marketing person at the old Hana hotel to get people to drive all the way out here. It seems the marketing definitely has worked, at least in a small way, I mean, after all, hundreds of people make the drive everyday!
These pools are located within the National Park so you must follow posted rules about swimming and diving. There is a restroom facility here to change into your swimming suit if you need to. Ask the helpful park rangers here if you have any questions about swimming.
Call this number to find out if the oheo pools is open for swimming today: (808) 248-7375 (9am-5pm HST). On occasion they close the pools due to heavy rainfall that makes the swimming dangerous.
The name of the hike is the Wailua Iki hike. It’s less than a mile roundtrip and is one of the best hikes on the entire road to Hana. This brief hike takes you to find a hidden waterfall, and a freshwater pond where you can do a little swimming. This waterfall is flowing year round because it is located above the aqueduct diverting water away. But be aware that if you swim here, know that it is used as water source for Maui residents. So treat it with respect.
But there’s one thing you need to know. Although all the land here is owned by the state of Hawaii, it is leased to a private company called east Maui irrigation that manages the watershed. It’s the same company that diverts water to supply water to other parts of Maui. So technically, it could be seen as trespassing on private property. Although this trail is frequently hiked without problems and not strictly enforced, i’ll let you be the judge whether to hike it or not.
The trailhead is located after the bend in the road. The trail goes up the hill to the right after the metal gate. Find a place to park by the side of the road. Then just follow the broad road and stay right at the top of the hill. From there you will a series of waterfalls open up before you. It is truly amazing!
Perhaps this might sound surprising to you, just past kipahulu in a remote graveyard is the final resting place of Charles Lindbergh. For those younger folks, this name may not ring a bell. During his time, he was the most famous man alive.
During his older years one of Lindbergh’s friends Sam Pryor told him “he had found heaven on earth in kipahulu maui.” After visiting, he also fell in love with the place for obvious reasons and decided to build a home here, in part, to get away from the chaos and pressure his fame brought to his life.
In 1972, he was diagnosed with lymphoma and after receiving various treatments in new york, he knew his health was failing. He told the doctor that “i would rather spend two days alive on Maui than two months alive here in new york.” Well, he got his wish, and passed away just a week later near Hana at the age of 72.
After living such a famous life, ironically - his funeral, at the Palapala Ho'omau Church, was attended by only a few. On his tombstone are inscribed the words – “if I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea.” Taken from the book of psalms.
You might notice a few small graves in the same graveyard. These are the graves of a few medium sized furry apes called gibbons. Lindbergh’s friend sam pryor had many pet gibbons that he treated as his kids. They were also buried here. Remember this is a religious place so please show respect. There is a donation box by the church to help them maintain the grounds. Behind the church is a small park, feel free to walk around and enjoy the serenity here.
If you just can’t get enough of the road to hana and want to squeeze in one more waterfall, we have one on the tour coming up, the alelele falls. It’s pretty accessible but does require a short hike and stream-crossing. The waterfall is about 50 ft tall and could be seasonally dry at times. It often has a pool for you to swim in. Note that this river can sometime be a torrent of water due to flash flooding. Do not hike it if the river is too high or too current too strong. But most of the time it is just a quiet stream.
To get to the waterfall: the audio narration will prompt you were to park. From there, next to the white color bridge, the stream below the bridge is the alelele river. The trailhead to the falls is located to the right of the bridge. But let’s drive past the bridge to find a safe place to park, then walk back to the trailhead.
Oheo Pools - change name “Oheo Pools, 7 Sacred Pools (at Kipahulu)”
Of all the places on the road to Hana, Nahiku is special because it will really allow you to slow down and just take in the majestic ocean scenery.
When we released this tour, the last segment of this road that leads to the ocean was closed for repairs. If this is the case during your visit, you’ll need to keep left after you see the church and walk for about 10 minutes to the ocean. It’s a beautiful walk and the road is paved and accessible for wheelchair and strollers. It doesn’t take long to see why this little stroll is one of the road to Hana’s best kept secrets!
If you are into hiking, and are prepared with the proper gear and supplies. A moderate hike called the pipiwai trail may be something that you’re interested in checking out. It is about 4 miles round trip with a rigorous 650 feet elevation gain, and takes about 2 hours to complete.
This rainforest trail is well maintained by the national parks and gives you a chance to see two epic waterfalls and explore a magical bamboo forest.
After passing a smaller waterfall and through a bamboo forest, you will be rewarded with an astounding 400-foot waterfall called waimoku falls. This waterfall is sometimes temperamental in its water flow. On a good day, it offers a dramatic sheath of water that fills the air with mist and the sound of falling water.
If you are not able to hike the entire 4 miles, you should consider at least hiking the half mile to the first waterfall overlook where you will find the Makahiku waterfall. It measures at just under 190 feet high, and empties into an amazing ravine.
If you have any questions ask a park ranger and review the posted hiking maps before you go.
Wai’anapanapa state park is a must stop place on our tour today. There are lots of fun things to do and explore here. You got two freshwater caves where you can swim. There is also a blowhole, a sea arch, and one of Maui’s only black sand beaches. Plan on spending anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour here.
In addition to the freshwater caves that you can swim in, you may want to follow the same trail , which will take you down to the small black sand beach. Further down the pathway you’ll find a small lava tube cave, a sea arch and a blowhole.
If you want to do a little hiking, there is a coastal hike here that starts at the parking lot and follows the coastline for miles. Just follow the trail for as long as you want and then return the way you came. Along the trail you get many amazing views of the rugged black coastline.
Wai’anapanapa truly is a great stop for both the adventurous-minded and those who are just looking for a bit of relaxation.
If you think road to Hana is only about a bunch of waterfalls, there’s actually more to it than that!
There is a chance to explore a small lava tube cave for free! This cave was formed when hot lava from an eruption cooled and hardened on the exterior, while the red hot lava was still flowing in the inner core. After the lava drained out, at some 2000 degrees fahrenheit, (about 1000 degrees celsius), the hardened exterior shell remained, thus forming a cave.
The entrance to the cave is small but it quickly opens up to where you can easily stand up. It’s only about 150 feet deep, and takes just a few minutes to walk through it. Don’t worry, the cave is safe and there are no bats. I recommend using the flashlight on your smartphone while in the cave. If you keep walking you will come to a banyan tree nestled against a small brook. Follow this trail around the tree to return to the road. Have fun exploring!
So who came up with the idea of “7 sacred pools” then?
Venus pools is a lot of fun to swim here because unlike Kipahulu, here you can even try some rock jumping. I will point out where to park soon.
Here are the directions to get there; after I tell you to park, follow a short 10 minute trail through a field and then turn right at an old stone oven. From there follow the trail down to the venus pools.
Sometimes the waterfall is dry but the swimming hole is always fun with an optional 30 foot jump into a 15 foot deep pool. You may even find some sea turtles coming in here to feed on algae.
Remember to be safe and check the depth before jumping, and as with other pools, always watch out for flash flooding.
Note that access to venus pools requires walking through Hana ranch land, which they have graciously granted access for anyone to visit. However they have also posted a sign clearly stating that you swim at your own risk.
There are restroom and showers facilities near the parking lot here if needed.
One of the unique experiences in Hana is to take the short hike out to kaihalulu beach or more commonly known as red sand beach. This beach is enveloped in steep hills of red volcanic cinder cones. The unique reddish black sand is the result of the breaking down of these cinder cones. **Trail to beach can be very dangerous for small children and elderly. Proceed at your own risk**
To get to Kaihalulu red sand beach, just continue to the end of main road through town until it dead ends just past the Hana Community center. From there find street parking or a spot across the street from the baseball field. Be sure to find a legal spot because police do ticket here.
The trail start across a grass field to the right of the Community center and towards the ocean. You should be able to see a well worn path as you near the ocean. From there, follow the ocean coastline until it wraps around the peninsula. You may need to climb on a boulder or two but it is safe for the whole family. Just be extra careful to not get too close the cliff as you make your way to the beach.
At the beach there is a natural reef that protects against the waves but you still may need to be cautious about swimming because at times, the ocean surf can be very high and dangerous. When the ocean is calm, the snorkeling here can be very good!
When you are done, just return the way you came.
This is a nice little wayside park and a welcome sight for weary travelers. Here you’ll find restrooms, a nice little waterfall and picnic tables. If you brought a picnic lunch, this is an ideal place to stop. But since the park does get crowded with tour buses, if you prefer to avoid the crowd, there are a few other options and picnic locations down the road:
Nahiku landing with no restrooms (10 minutes further).
Wai'anapanapa park with restrooms and showers (20 minutes further).
Hana town with restaurants and restrooms (25 minutes further).
This is a perfect family beach because of the protected cove and the large sandy area. If the waves aren’t too strong, there is some pretty decent snorkeling on the far left side of the cove.
The only way to get down to the beach is through a set of stairs on the left side of the road. It is easy to miss so try to keep an eye out for cars parked on the the shoulder. This is where you will find the stairs to the beach.
Be cautious here at the beach. There are no lifeguards here so be extra careful during big surf. There are hidden rip tides on this beach that can be very dangerous at times. There are no public facilities here at the beach.
Now, just around the bend from ching’s pond is an amazing overlook of the Ke’anae peninsula. You will see a large shoulder on the left that you can pull in for a great bird's-eye view of the peninsula.
Notice the many taro patches that dot the landscape. Again, pull into the parking area up ahead on your left for the overlook. This is a great place for a picture with that special someone if you can manage to take in the view.
This viewpoint is of Nua’ailua bay. It is a pretty decent view of sheer cliffs and crashing surf, hundreds of feet below.
It is a little tricky to spot and there is no signage. Look for the a large shoulder on the right side of the road. You will then have to cross the road and look over the guardrail to see the view. Please be careful, and watch for cars when you cross the street for the view.
Wailua valley state wayside park is not much of a park but more like an overlook. Here you can get an excellent view of little wailua town and a famous church called the “coral miracle church”.
From the parking lot, take the stairs to your right to the overlook. Just follow the stairs up, and you will be rewarded with an expansive view of wailua town with its taro patches, coral miracle church and the ocean in front of you. Behind you is the haleakala volcano. You may even get lucky and see a waterfall or two cascading down in the distance. This overlook is a great photo op and definitely worth the stop. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the breathtaking view!
Of all the places on the road to Hana, Nahiku is special because it will really allow you to slow Down and just take in the majestic ocean scenery.
When we released this tour, the last segment of this road that leads to the ocean was closed for repairs. If this is the case during your visit, you’ll need to keep left after you see the church and walk for about 10 minutes to the ocean.
This sleepy town of Nahiku was first put on the map in the early 1900s when the first ever commercial rubber plantation in the whole united states opened its doors here. It was called the Nahiku rubber company.
There was even a mule drawn train and railroad to transport the rubber to ship out from the Nahiku landing. This landing is located right next to the ocean and is where you have to go to see the the best view yet!
It’s a beautiful walk to the landing with a paved road that is accessible for wheelchair and strollers. It doesn’t take long to see why this little stroll is one of the road to Hana’s best kept secrets!
The Keanae Peninsula is a short detour off of the Hana highway that leads you to the old village of keanae where you can get some awesome ocean views of the blue ocean ripping through jagged young lava rock. I highly recommend this little detour. It should only take 15 minutes round trip.
The best viewpoint is at the end of this road, next to the baseball fields. While driving out there, you will see an old-stone church to your right. This is was the only building standing after a april 1964 tsunami that devastated the community.
There is also another overlook down the road where you can get a great view of the whole peninsula with all of its many taro patches.
This well-maintained park is a great place to stretch your legs and use the restroom. In fact, this is probably the cleanest restroom you’re gonna find until you get to, Kipahulu in the Haleakala national park, towards the end of this drive. Here at Kaumahina, you can take some great photos of the Keanae peninsula which we will be visiting in a bit.
After Kaumahina state park, around the bend in the mountain, you will begin to see honomanu bay come into view. Down the road there is a small pullout on the right side of the road where you can park, then cross the street for an excellent view of the bay.
Huakini Beach is a long rocky beach that actually stretches for quite a while. But I recommend you go to a section of it where the beach is covered with rocks made smooth by the constant pounding of the ocean here. When the conditions are right, you’ll hear strange, interesting kinda rumbling sound when the waves crash on these rocks. It has kind of a calming effect in cool a way. It’s a very unique and different sound than the waves that you are used to hearing. The tour audio narration will point out the access path to visit this beach.
The audio narration will tell you when to look for an amazing overlook of nuu bay. You will recognize it because of a couple worn trail to the left that takes you to an awesome vantage point of the nu’u bay and mountain range. Check them out by pulling over when prompted.
My friends, as the road hugs the coast ahead, you are going to see some very amazing views. Imagine for a moment with me, the red, hot lava flowing down haleakala, eventually meeting the pacific ocean cooling down. Initially the whole mountain was black cooled lava. Overtime life settled in, lichens, grass and trees began to grow. Ah, the power of life! And if you are here at the right time, the view of sunset from here is out of this world. I will tell you where to pull over up ahead for a great view and photo op.
Along the drive you will drop down into a way cool looking valley. That valley is the Manawainui gulch and is a major natural water canal. As you drive over the bridge, pay attention to the magnificent rock layers that were formed layer by layer by red hot lava.
If we had a helicopter, we could trace this gulch all the way back to the haleakala summit. En route, you’ll find numerous magnificent waterfalls along the way. But of course, this is a driving tour not a helicopter tour!
Near the gulch is an overlook to get a perfect view of this gulch. Be aware that the wind here can get really strong!
One interesting feature of koki beach is the large hill located right next to it. Hawaiians have a name for it – it’s called Ka Iwi o Pele - meaning the bones of pele. Actually, this hill is a cinder cone that erupted lava just prior to haleakala going dormant.
Off the shore, you will see a small island in the distance, it’s called Alau island. If you look closely, you’ll see a coconut tree on top of the island. People have debated how that tree got planted there. But according to one version of the story, it was a grieving father who planted that coconut tree there in memory of his son, who died in war.
Take your time, and enjoy this beautiful koki beach and take some amazing photos with the hill of pele’s bones as the backdrop.
Please note that it is very dangerous to swim here as the current and tides can be unpredictable. As a general rule, try not to swim at any beaches that do not have lifeguards.
The epic Wai’anapanapa state park is a must stop place on our tour today. There are lots of fun things to do and explore here. You got two freshwater caves where you can swim. There is also a blowhole, a sea arch, and one of Maui’s only black sand beaches. Plan on spending anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour here.
In addition to the freshwater caves that you can swim in, you may want to follow the same trail , which will take you down to the small black sand beach.
Further down the pathway you’ll find a small lava tube cave, a sea arch and a blowhole. Wai’anapanapa truly is a great stop for both the adventurous-minded and those who are just looking for a bit of relaxation.
The trail to the caves starts at the far end of the parking lot behind a brown sign. It might get a little crowded here at times, but there is also plenty street parking.
There is a restroom facility and picnic tables here for your convenience. Have a great time here at wai’anapanapa state park!
The Hana Bay is a great place to take a break after a long day of driving. Feel free to get out of the car and walk the beach here. There are restrooms here if you need. There’s also a little restaurant called the barefoot cafe at the bay that sells good local food. Look in the app under highlights for more restaurant options.
Can you imagine a fleet of war canoes landing here on the bay? This is where King Kamehameha first landed as he began his siege of Maui. The Hana warriors tried valiantly to protect the bay with sling shots on top of the mountain overlooking the bay.
During the months between december and march when the wind and ocean conditions are just right, Jaws can produce waves as high as 70 feet! That’s 20 meters high, or in other words, as high as a 6-story building! Hey! That's one big buggah monster wave!!! In fact, the surf here at the jaws is so big that surfers have to be towed into the wave by a jet ski!
There are many big wave competitions held here every year that attract the best surfers from around the world. I don’t recommend going now since we still have so much ahead of us. But if you are really dying to go, find directions by selecting direction from this detail page.
If you plan to go, be aware that it’s a long bumpy dirt road that leads out to the beach, and you may be disappointed if there isn’t any big surf when you go! So make sure you check surf conditions first if you do plan to check out ‘Jaws’.
This is a 26-acre private arboretum that opened its doors about 20 years ago. They have an interesting array of exotic plants from tropical rainforests throughout the world. The most popular thing to do here is see the Keopuka rock, featured in the opening scene of jurassic park. But from the garden here, the rock is a long ways away.
The other fun thing to do here is hike down to the Puohokamoa waterfall. This is the only way to see this waterfall because the Garden of Eden has restricted access to outside visitors. So if you do go, you will likely have the place to yourself. The view of the waterfall is ok. There are plenty more down the road.
For plant lovers a stroll around this botanical garden is truly heavenly, making the name Garden of Eden very fitting.
Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children. Infants are free.
Kahanu gardens is a native Hawaiian botanical garden, with the focus on plants of value to Hawaiians and pacific islanders; plants like bananas, sugar cane, taro, and kava.
But the most interesting things you’ll find at Kahanu garden is an ancient Hawaiian temple called the pi’ilanihale heiau. It was completed in 1570 A.D. For king pi’ilani, who had united the people of Maui under his rule. The heiau, or temple was, at one time, one of the most sacred sites in Hawaii.
Kahanu garden charges an admission per person of $10. Children under 12 years old are free.
The gardens are nice but you can’t really get a good view of the heiau because it is just too big! There is not a huge diversity of plants, mostly plants native to the pacific islands. Visit would be great if you are into ancient Hawaiian culture, history, or plants.
The Pork and shrimp tacos here are pretty awesome. The pork is slow roasted and the salsa on top was pretty good. The portions here are pretty decent but may not fill you up if you have had a full day of hiking. Plan on about $8-9 per person for a taco. They also have chili and hot dogs if tacos don’t sound good for you.
Open daily from 11 am - 5pm (if you are lucky). Hours of operation vary depending if they are feeling like opening that day. Pretty laid back so far out in the middle of nowhere.
The ladies that work here are friendly. There are tables out in front here to eat on.
This is a great food truck for everything fried! Their fish and chips is excellent and they only use local fresh fish. The coconut shrimp is also pretty incredible. Huge portions here and the prices range from $10 - 12 per plate but may be able to feed 2 people depending on how hungry you are.
The only thing is the do not keep regular business hours. So catching them when they are open is the trick. Generally speaking they are open most days of the week for lunch but not always dinner. Just have to drive by and take your pick from the food vendors that are open at Nahiku Marketplace.
Nahiku Marketplace at Mile Marker 28-29
Hana Hwy, Hana, HI 96713
Phone: (808) 248-4944
This little snack shop is on the way to the Keanae Peninsula. It is definitely one of the best places to buy banana bread on the Road to Hana. Of course because it is so good, be prepared to spend a little extra, it is worth it.
They also have some great shave ice and an array of standard local food items and drinks if you are hungry and looking for more than a snack. Just depends what you are feeling like.
210 Keanae Rd,
Haiku, HI 96708
Phone: (808) 344-1885
Congratulations for making it all the way to the half-way point! But before you celebrate, I need to tell you that if you plan on driving all the way to the oheo pools of Kipahulu past Hana, which is the end of our tour, you are actually only 1/3 of the way there.
This little snack shop is just past the Keanae Peninsula. It is definitely one of the best places to buy banana bread on the Road to Hana. Of course because it is so good, be prepared to spend a little extra, it is worth it.
Before the larger Nahiku marketplace, you’ll first come upon a little vegan ice cream shop that makes small batch ice cream with coconut milk instead of dairy milk. It’s a little different, and plenty ono! Perfect for those lactose intolerant or anyone else that loves local style gelato.
Phone: (808) 248-4876
Located to the left of the Nahiku Marketplace, this little coffee shop is not only very well decorated providing an inviting interior but also has some great coffee and local muffins, banana bread and of course hot and cold coffee options. If you need a little pick me up, this is your next best option to a Starbucks! Prices are reasonable considering you are in the middle of nowhere.
“Hana Harvest was created out of a quest to provide sustainable, organic products and uniquely created crafts. We specialize not only in healthy goodies for your island traveling needs but are a showcase for unique household items created by local talent from the natural resources that Hana and Maui County have to offer. The flowers grown right here on the property will add just the perfect island touch to your home or home away from home and make great gifts for anyone!
Come visit our roadside stand where you can enjoy some made to order wood fire pizzas, delicious coffees and local art all ready to be taken home with you.”
800 Hana Hwy, Hana, HI 96713
Open: Mon - Fri 8am - 5pm
“Find Jaws Country Store on the road to Hana at mile marker 14.5 on the Hana Highway past Paia. As the crow flies, we are above the world famous big wave surf break, Jaws, aka Peahi.
Enjoy our freshly made food, cold drinks, coffees and espressos, shop Maui-made gifts and merchandise, walk the grounds of our functional farm. Eat your lunch next to one of the daring big waves surfers fueling up after a session at Jaws.”
Jaws Country Store :
4320 Hana Highway
Store Open: Mon - Sun 7am-7pm
Kitchen Open: Mon - Sun 7am-4pm
Phone : (808) 419-6887
Welcome to Huelo Lookout Fruit Stand.
We are located 2 miles past Twin Falls, just past mile marker 4.5 on the beautiful Hana Highway.
Stop by to grab a healthy breakfast and some locals goodies for your trip.
Enjoy our private ocean view Lookout. We serve a wide selection of seasonal fruits - cut or blended into an epic fresh cut fruits smoothie.
The Gateway to the Hana Hwy !!!
Huelo Lookout Fruit Stand :
Coffee / Food / Drinks / Smoothie Bar
Open 730am - 530pm Daily
Phone: 808-573-1806 . 808-280-4791
This country style theme gift store has lots of fun locally made products that may be fun to take home as souvenirs. But the main event here at the store is the outdoor restaurant and grill. The chef has brought a refined and fresh menu with a variety of burgers such as: grass feed beef, elk, venison, lamb, and taro veggie. If the weather is good here, which it usually is, the outdoor seating overlooking the lush green pasture lands makes for a great reward for enduring the drive out there! This ranch store is just across the street from the Maui Winery.
Ulupalakua Ranch Store & Grill :
37 Piilani Hwy, Kula, HI 96790
Phone: (808) 878-2561
Laulima Farm is located on the Hana Highway just about a mile past the “7 pools”, Haleakala National Park Kipahulu Area. Our farm stand gives tourists and locals alike a chance to enjoy our fresh farm products, including coffee, fresh tropical fruits, various beverages, snacks and cool one of a kind gifts.
We encourage visitors to take a stroll through the surrounding gardens and orchards to drop into our world. We have two bamboo circles that have handcrafted tables inside, inviting all to relax & enjoy a beverage or even your own picnic. Our goal is to connect people with nature and get folks off the Hana Highway and exploring the beautiful area that we live in. We look forward to seeing you there!
Laulima Fruit Stand :
40755 Hana Hwy, Kula, HI 96790
The shop is open every day 9am to 5pm.
If you need to fill up on some snacks, drinks or use the restroom, here’s your last chance for another long while. This historic store was originally built by an enterprising chinese immigrant in the 20s, but now run by a local kaupo resident. You can find all the old cameras on the shelf that belonged to the original owner of the store. Quite an interesting place to make a stop. But oh, by the way the store is open from 10am - 5pm (if you are lucky). Sometimes on occasion they are not open.
Note: the restroom is in a wood-style shack but at least the toilet flushes. With water scarce in the area, “donations” for the bathroom are welcome.
Also, the kaupo store is going through a transition as they try to re-build the old store. Until then, the store is outside on the grass under a tent.
Kaupo Store :
HCR 217 , Hana, Maui, Hawaii 96713
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a great place to stop for breakfast, a cup of coffee, and even a picnic lunch if you are taking the Reverse Road to Hana tour. They offer a large assortment of pastries, warm and cold coffees, as well as sandwiches with fresh ingredients.
“One can not say they went to Maui without going to Grandma's.. It's a must go to place for those who chose to go off the normal path... Make the extra journey and get the local vibe + some great grinds and great coffee!”www.grandmascoffee.com/
Grandma’s Coffee House :
9232 Kula Hwy, Kula, HI 96790
Phone : 808-878-2140
Open 7am - 5pm Daily.
If you are craving some artisan pizza then you have come to the right place. This restaurant serves up a variety of healthy salads and pizza’s (flatbread) cooked in their clay wood fire oven.
The pizza’s are not cheap but the good news they are large enough to feed two people. You can also ask them to split the pizza with two kinds of menu choices on the same pizza. This way you get a little more variety with the same pizza.
The restaurant itself is nice with a fun local homegrown vibe. The service is laid back but not bad for Maui standards. This place is good option to eat at on your way back from Hana.
89 Hana Hwy,
Paia, HI 96779
They serve up a very fresh selection of fish prepared charbroiled, cajun or sauteed flavor served with rice or potatoes. The fish is usually Mahi mahi but also Ahi as well. You can also go for the burgers. Beside the standard chicken and beef they have some great fish burgers you ought to try. Fish and chips was only okay, I guess it depends which cook is working on the day you go.
It is always crowded here so plan on waiting for your food for a bit. The seating is picnic style and was also a little crowded. Usually a seat will open up about the time your food is ready. So just be patient.
Paia Fish Market
100 Baldwin Ave
Paia, HI 96779
Phone: (808) 579-8030
Open daily for lunch and dinner
Everything about this restaurant is amazing; The food, the decorations, and ambiance. All are excellent. The restaurant is literally right next to the ocean so the view is incredible. Just be prepared to spend $50- $60 per entree. With everything be prepared to spend $100 -$120 for the bill. You may want to dress up a little for this restaurant.
The fish here prides itself on being the freshest on the island. Most all same day caught. All of the menu options are fun local flavors with a twist. This is definitely the place to go if you are a foodie!
Mama's Fish House Restaurant
799 Poho Pl
Paia, HI 96779
Phone: (808) 579-8488
This is a solid Tex-mex restaurant right in the heart of Paia.
The guacamole and chips with homemade salsa is awesome. The menu entrees are a standard range of mexican food favorites with prices ranging from $12 - $20 depending on what you get. What everyone raves about here is their drinks! They serve a wide range of local beer and margarita and mixed drinks with local flavors like lilikoi.
If you are in the area around hour deals they have some great deal that might interest you.
Milagros Food Co.
3 Baldwin Ave
Paia, HI 96779
Phone: (808) 579-8755
Aloha! Here at The Hana Picnic Co. we specialize in packing your perfect lunch for your Hana adventures and has been Maui's go-to one stop shop for the last 16 years, earning us the nickname "Hana Headquarters ".
Our lunches come with choice of sandwich, chips and cookies. We offer everything you'll need for your day on the road to Hana, or any outdoor adventures in Maui. We have coolers to keep your lunches cold, bug spray, motion sickness remedies, tips on the road and weather conditions.
We also have breakfast items, coffee, smoothies and the islands best Gelato! Stop by or call ahead, we'll have your order ready when you get here!We are open daily from 7am to 10pm to visit with us and our lunches served from 7am to 2:00 pm.
We look forward to serving you soon! Aloha!
The Hana Picnic Lunch Co :
99 Hana Hwy, Paia, Maui
“Rock & Brews Pa’ia offers guests a family-friendly, music-inspired, dining experience featuring its signature American comfort food and locally-inspired dishes. Dining is available both indoors and outdoors on the covered lanai and we have a special Li’l Rockers area for kids. The restaurant also offers a full bar with a vast selection of international and craft beers along with an extensive wine and cocktail list including many cocktails with an island flair. Join us everyday for our happy hour from 3 – 6pm.”
Rocks and Brew :
120 Hana Hwy, Paia, HI 96779
Open Daily - 11am - 11pm
Phone : 808-579-9011
This place is a food truck just past Hana town. It serves up primarily BBQ style lunch plates with rice and mac salad. Pretty local. The BBQ Pork and Chicken are pretty solid but it depends on who you ask. They also offer a variety of tacos and pasta dishes. The fish plate also offers a nice break from all that meat. Service is great but food portions are only ok, ranging in price from $13-$14. Cash only.
This place is a pretty decent option outside Hana town. Makes for a great place to stop on the way home if you are still hungry.
Braddah Hutts - Island Style Barbeque
5305 Hana Hwy
Hana, HI 96713
Hasegawa general store. This store has been owned and operated by the same family since 1910 and has an interesting collection of everything from machetes to pregnancy tests. It is also a produce market and book store all in the same place. This is your best bet if you need to fill up on snack and drinks for the rest of your drive. You can also stop her on your way back.
The store used to be the old Hana movie theatre. You can still see the holes in the back wall where the old 8 millimeter film projector used to be. Hasegawa store still has that small town Hana charm.
Across the street is the only gas station in Hana so don’t forget to fill up.
Hasegawa General Store
5165 Hana Hwy,
Hana, HI 96713
Phone: (808) 248-8231
This food truck is on the way to the Red Sand Beach. It is a straightforward authentic Thai place, serving up mostly a variety of curry options serviced over chicken, pork, and even fish. Occasionally this Thai food place goes by another name, depending on who is working at the time.
Thai food by Pranee :
5050 Uakea Rd, Hana, HI 96713
Phone : 808-419-1533
Located right off the road near the middle of town. This place serves up a variety of bento options. Bentos are pre-prepared lunches that can be eaten cold and convenient to take with you as a picnic lunch. They have an excellent variety of fish and chicken salads, fruits, and vegetables, using all locally grown produce.
Hana Fresh :
4590 Hana Hwy, Hana, HI 96713
Phone : 808-248-7515
Only Open - Tue, Wed, Thurs 10am - 2pm
Nahiku landing with no restrooms (10 minutes further).
Wai'anapanapa park with restrooms and showers (20 minutes further).
Hana town with restaurants and restrooms (25 minutes further).
There is a restroom here located on the large grassy area next to the baseball field. They are public restrooms so be prepared. But hey, when nature calls anything will work right?
At the Nahiku Marketplace, you’ll find an assortment of cafes and restaurants, serving island-style fish tacos, beer battered fish and chips, shrimp, some tasty thai food, and even a few pastry options. If nothing else, the marketplace is a great place to stretch your legs and use the porta-potty restrooms.
But hey, when nature calls porta potties are better than nothing!
This is a must stop place on our tour today. There are lots of fun things to do and explore here. You got two freshwater caves where you can swim. There is also a blowhole, a sea arch, and one of Maui’s only black sand beaches. Plan on spending anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour here exploring the many interesting features here.
There is an outdoor shower and public restrooms here if you need to use them. They are mostly clean but again, it depends on which day of the week in their cleaning routine.
Kipahulu is the end of our tour and within a National Park. The restrooms here are pretty basic but generally clean. Make sure you use the restroom before starting the long drive back to Kahului. The water fountains here don’t always work so your next best option is to buy bottled water from the Visitor center gift shop here.
Maui Wine is the largest winery on the Hawaiian Islands and the only one in Maui. Since 1974, it has been committed to growing and creating quality wines that capture the essence of Maui through its pineapple, estate-grown and traditional method sparkling wines. Its 23-acre vineyard grows six varietals including syrah, malbec, grenache, viognier, chenin blanc and gewürztraminer.
The vineyards and winery are located in Ulupalakua, Maui’s upcountry on the southern slopes of Haleakala volcano. The winery offers daily public and private tastings and tours of the cellar and historic grounds including the newly restored History Room inside the King’s Cottage, built for King David Kalakaua. Maui Wine carries on the agricultural and legacy of hospitality Ulupalakua is so known for and embraces its responsibility to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture.
14815 Piilani Hwy, Kula, HI 96790
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information or to schedule a private tasting and tour call or visit our website.
Kaupo Store :
HCR 217 , Hana, Maui, Hawaii 96713
Email : email@example.com
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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.
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This tour starts in Kahului near the airport and travels along Hana Highway past Hana Town where you’ll continue along the rarely explored backside of Hana to Kula.
Here are some of the popular spots you can explore on the tour!
For help planning your day check our Loop Road to Hana suggested itinerary, the complete list of tour stops here, and tour highlights in the app!
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.
No, this tour can only be done clockwise, beginning in Kahului and ending in Kula. If you’d like to start the tour in Kula and end near the airport in Kahului, try our Reverse Road to Hana tour.
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.
Yes, however, on this tour you won’t be driving on the Road to Hana at night; unless you get a really late start (which we don’t recommend). You’ll end the tour in Kula Town and from there you can plug in directions back to your hotel. However, this tour travels on some dirt roads along coastal cliffs, so although you're not going to be on the Road to Hana, we recommend you start early to avoid driving these roads at night.
Check out our suggested itinerary to learn more about planning your day to avoid driving at night.
We’ll use GPS to give you directions to popular spots with stories and music along the way.
No data needed! Just download the tour before you go.
It’s your vacation -- flexible to stop and go as you please.
Use it now, later or as many times as you’d like.