People drive a convertible car on scenic tropical road to Hana in Maui, Hawaii

Driving the Road to Hana: know before you go


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Road to Hana Quick Facts: 

  • Total distance: 64 miles from Kahului to the town of Hana (longer to Pipiwai Trail)

  • Time needed: 8+ hours (2 days is ideal)

  • Best time to visit: December-March

  • Twists and turns: 617

  • Bridges: 59 (46 of these are only one-lane wide) 

  • Highlights: Twin Falls, Wai’anapanapa State Park, Hana Farms, and the Pipiwai Trail

  • Stay overnight: Hana-Maui Resort in Hana

With roadside waterfalls, black sand beaches, and epic hikes, The Road to Hana is a must on any adventure-lovers bucket list. You can do it in a day, but plan to take at least two days to fully experience the attractions on the way.

Nestled in the lush rainforest of east Maui, this quintessential drive is filled with breathtakingly beautiful sights but isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s worth doing a bit of research before visiting. Below you’ll find everything you need to know before driving the Road To Hana.

What is the Road to Hana?

Simply put, it’s exactly what it sounds like…a road to the town of Hana. But, it is so much more than your average everyday drive. 

The Road to Hana is a 64-mile road that stretches from the town of Kahului to the town of Hana. Throughout the drive, you’ll twist and turn through the lush Hawaiian rainforest (617 curves, to be exact) and cross over 59 bridges. 

If you were to drive straight through, the drive would take you just over 2 hours, but that wouldn’t be any fun. The Road to Hana is ALL about the journey. To make the most of your trip, expect to spend about two days on the Road to Hana. 

The north coast of Maui, near Hana

Highlights on the Road to Hana

The Road to Hana is a treasure trove of attractions nestled amidst Maui's breathtaking landscape.

Twin Falls

Begin your journey at Twin Falls, a short trek away from the trailhead, offering mesmerizing waterfalls and a refreshing dip in the pool below.

Pua'a Ka'a State Wayside Park

This 5-acre oasis has a picturesque waterfall and swimming hole a short hike from the car park.

Hanawi Falls

No visit to Maui is complete without witnessing the beauty of Hanawi Falls, a stunning roadside spectacle perfect for a couple of quick photos.

Hana Farms

About halfway to Hana, this 7-acre farm is the perfect place to refuel with fresh, locally grown produce.

Wai’anapanapa State Park

Expect a pristine black sand beach and a beautiful natural environment with ample opportunities for exploration and relaxation.

The Pipiwai Trail

This is actually past Hana, but well worth doing all the same. It's an epic 3.8-mile hike that leads to the majestic Waimoku Falls.

Forest, rocks and sea in Wai’anapanapa State Park, Maui

When is the best time to drive the Road to Hana?

Maui is a fabulous destination to visit year-round, but there are a couple of things to be aware of to ensure you have the best trip. 

Although the weather is pleasant 12 months a year, hurricane season runs from June 1 until November 30. Average monthly temperatures in Hana hover right around 80 degrees year-round and barely fall under 65 degrees. 

Also, the Road to Hana is located directly through a rainforest. With this being said, be prepared for rain no matter what time of year you visit. The town of Hana sees an annual average of 115 inches of rain, with an average of 15 days of rain each month. 

With all this being said, December through March are the best months to visit. No hurricanes and less chance of rain, but still great temperatures. 

The Hana Highway turns to cross a one lane bridge beside a waterfall on the north coast of Maui

Six tips for driving the Road to Hana:

  • Bring/take motion sickness medicine: 617 twists and turns are no joke. Be prepared in case you get car sick!  

  • Plan your stops: Once again, there are so many things to do and see along the drive. By having a plan, you’ll ensure you do not miss anything. You can see our suggested stops in this two-day itinerary.

  • Fill up on gas: Stop for gas in the town of Pai’a, as you will not pass any gas stations throughout the drive. There is a gas station in Hana, but you will pay a pretty penny for it! 

  • Bring cash: Throughout the drive, you’ll pass by many roadside stands selling drinks, banana bread, and other local goods. Not all of the vendors accept credit cards.  

  • Download GuideAlong (formerly Gypsy Guide): GuideAlong has a very helpful self-guided audio tour to listen to while you drive. It’s like having your own tour guide, complete with fun facts and history lessons! 

  • Do not leave valuables in your car: Unfortunately, theft is all too common in Hawaii. Make sure to bring your valuables with you at each stop, and do not leave anything in plain sight. 

A beautiful Black sand beach on the Road to Hana

How long do you need to drive the Road to Hana?

While most people complete the drive in one day (there and back), it’s much more enjoyable if you give yourself two days.

This way, you can spend more time at each stop, feel less rushed, and get a good night's sleep in Hana before tackling the drive back.

Is driving The Road to Hana worth it? 

YES, YES, YES! Even with the 617 twists and turns and slightly sketchy one-way bridges, it is 100 per cent worth it to drive The Road to Hana. As long as you are prepared and have a plan, you will surely have the best time on this adventure. Just remember, it’s all about the journey...

Need help planning the stops along your drive? Read our two-day Road To Hana itinerary. If you don't want to drive yourself, you can also join an organised tour.

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Author - Jordan

Jordan is a former elementary teacher turned freelance travel writer and the founder and editor of the USA travel blog, The Homebody Tourist. She is an avid planner, road-tripper, dog-lover, hiker, and adventurer. Jordan strives to plan and share adventurous USA road trips, weekend getaways, and dog-friendly itineraries that are jam-packed with all of the best things to do with (or without) your furry best friend! 

Last Updated 6 September 2023

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