The Road to Hana
The Road to Hana is everything it seems to be on social media. Along the famously curvy route there are waterfalls, amazing hikes, black sand beaches, blowholes and delicious food. The best way to experience it is to take your time, stopping along the way to explore new sights. We love breaking it up into at least two days, with an overnight stay in Hana. Some stands and food stops take credit cards but plan ahead and bring cash.
Road to Hana Sights
- Twin Falls
- Hana Lava Tubes
- Seven Sacred Pools (‘Ohe’o Gulch)
- Honokalani Black Sand Beach
- The Half Way to Hana Stand, known for its banana bread and shaved ice
Places to Stay in Hana
While so much of the landscape can be experienced on the scenic drive, there’s an element to being in Hana that can only be felt by stopping and spending time there. There are several B&Bs and AirBnBs, but our favorite place to stay is Travaasa. It has huge rooms and lanais that look more like a summer camp cabin than a traditional hotel in a wide-open natural setting. When you stay here, visitors can enjoy sights that day trippers miss, like the massive array of stars that come out after sunset and spectacular sunrises.
Traveling West to Hawaii from anywhere in the U.S. means that waking up at what would usually be ‘sleep-in’ time is still early in Maui. With its prime east facing beaches, Hana is the perfect place to walk out to see the sun rise. If you stay in Travaasa, you can do sunrise yoga or just stand on your deck with a fresh mug of coffee to take in the view. Wai'anapanapa State Park is also an excellent spot to watch the sunrise, with natural stone arches, lava caves and hidden blowholes.