Adventuring in Hana

Known as one of the most beautiful drive, Hana Highway has 617 curves and 56 single lane bridges. This isn’t a road to be rushed.  Take your time and allow yourself to enjoy the gorgeous surroundings.

Make sure to pack snacks, sunscreen, and plenty of water. Stop at a local stand along the route and enjoy some fresh made banana bread. It will be like none other you’ve ever tasted!

To finish off your Hana Adventure, make sure you stop off in Paia. The town has some unique jewelry, art, and local boutiques. Great restaurants can also be found up and down the local strip!

The Road To Hana And Beyond

Hana is considered the last unspoiled Hawaiian frontier. A soulful respite from modern day stress. The journey to Hana is part of the reward, traveling through lush tropical jungle and with 600 curves and 54 bridges to cross, hundreds of waterfalls and secret spots, breathtaking vistas, remote peninsulas and scenic picnic spots, it’s best to take the journey at your own pace maybe staying on a hotel or go camping with the best equipment from Survival Cooking. There are several books, guided CDs and GPS apps available that take you through the journey. You may want to review some and see which one suits you best. Remember to start your journey early if you want to make the most of it.



Setting out on the wonderful, winding Road to Hana, make sure you fill up on gas at the beginning of the journey. Pack some snacks and drinking water and prepare to expect the unexpected and try to always get a road risks insurance just in case anything happens. Hana has a handful of restaurants and small convenience stores, but they close early and some close for holidays.

To begin your journey, you will want to head towards Paia Town on the North Shore of Maui. Here you will find an assortment of surf shops, boutique stores and restaurants. If you stay here a while, you may even fall in love with Paia’s small town charm.

Traveling East of Paia along Hana Highway, the journey to will take you past world famous Mama’s Fish House restaurant, a great option for dining upon returning from Hana, but reservations are a must! Just after Mama’s, you will pass Ho‘okipa Beach Park, home to the Aloha Classic Windsurfing Tournament. The lookout has an elevated parking lot that overlooks the bay, great for seasonal whale watching from the shoreline.

Heading past Ho‘okipa, you will be heading towards heavenly Hana, a few more curves in the road and the scenery will transform from rolling pastures into wild rainforests with an abundance of fruit trees, fragrant wild ginger and an assortment of fruit stands that offer delicious fruit smoothies, banana loafs and other snacks.


Road To Hana

You will notice mile markers along the road. After mile marker 16, the Hana Highway mile markers reset to zero. Our first recommended stop along the journey is just past the next Mile Marker 2 ~ Twin Falls. Estimate 1-2 hours for this stop.


Falls in Hana

There is a parking lot to the right of the highway that fronts the entrance to Twin Falls, an easily accessible set of waterfalls that requires minimal hiking. Depending on weather conditions, the paths may be a little muddy. Swimming is optional, so bring spare clothing and towels incase you do get wet. There is a small stand that sells juices and snacks in the earlier part of the day. There are several waterfalls and scenic hiking paths. The area is a popular hiking spot, so can become crowded, with difficulty finding parking. Budget time carefully here if you have a lot of other stops planned along your journey.

Just after Mile Marker 16 you will see a turn in the road to the left. Here you will find Keanae Peninsula. A great spot to stop and admire the sweeping landscape of lava fields and sea cliffs. There are public restrooms and a few small shops that sell fresh banana macadamia nut bread and other snacks and drinks.

Travel a little further towards Hana and as you pass the Half Mile after Mile Marker 19, you will reach the Upper Waikani (Three Bears) Waterfalls, a breathtaking trio of waterfalls which can be seen from the road. A great stop for a photo opportunity if parking is available.

Just before you arrive in Hana, you will see a sign and a left turn towards Wainapanapa state park. This is a great area to visit in Hana offering a variety of sights, hikes, camping, with caves, blowhole – black sand beach

Arriving in Hana Town, there are an array of local eats, we recommend the restaurant at Traavasa which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. While there, you may also want to check out the art gallery which showcases a wide array of Hawaii artists. There are some magnificent pieces that would appeal to any avid collector. Indulge in a Travaasa Spa treatment, sure to leave you feeling renewed and rested. Reservations a must: (888) 820-1043

If time permits, adventure awaits in Kipahulu. Located approximately 15 minutes beyond Hana, this sacred and special area is part of the Haleakala National Park. Explore the area with hikes and walks of varying difficulty. Be sure to read our Blog about exploring Kipahulu which includes info about Seven Sacred Pools, Oheo Gulch and more.


Bridge in Hana

There is so much to do around East Maui. You may even want to stay a night or two to get the most of your journey. Keep in mind that the journey is the reward so expect the unexpected.

What better way to end your journey through Hana is with an unforgettable dinner. Driving back the scenic route towards Haiku and Paia, you may want to stop at Mama’s Fish House which is located at Kuau Cove (just outside of Paia). All their fish is caught daily and the menu even names the fisherman who caught it. The service is excellent and their dishes are some of the best on Maui. Reservations are recommended. (808) 579-8488.

Tips for taking the road to Hana
– leave early,
– bring hiking shoes and clothing
– bring towels and spare clothes incase it rains
– check weather to see if it’s raining
– fill your gas tank
– drive carefully and slowly and enjoy the journey
– stay overnight for an additional day of relaxation in heavenly Hana


Paia Town-Your Starting Point On the Road to Hana


Town of Paia

Paia Town has been named as one of America’s best small towns by and it’s no surprise why. For having only one traffic light, this town sure packs a punch when it comes to dining and shopping. Some of Maui’s best dining experiences can be found in North Shore Paia, like the fresh fish sandwiches at the Paia Fish Market.  Some other dining highlights: Breakfast at famous Charlies, which also doubles up as Paia’s main nightlife spot with regular live performances and DJs. For something more upscale, Mama’s Fish House is a Maui Must! Reservations are also a must, especially at dinner and with impeccable service and delightful dishes, it’s easy to see why visitors return year after year. Lunch at Mama’s is a little less expensive, but definitely not for thrifty travelers.

Mama’s Fish House

Shopping is another Must when visiting Paia Town. Treasures abound in the plethora of Boutique stores with rarities of all shapes and sizes, (and prices too!). From art to accessories to one-of-a-kind designer dresses.  And who knows, you may even find yourself bumping elbows with a celebrity hunting for the perfect swimsuit in one of Paia’s surf shops.  Paia has several beaches, most famous are Baldwin Beach and Baby Beach which is tucked in the far east corner, providing a little shelter from unpredictable North Shore winds. Hookipa Beach Park, just east of Paia Town is famous for windsurfing and sun bathing, but not the best swimming as there’s a lot of coral and rocks.

Baldwin Beach

If you find yourself in Paia, we highly recommend a stop at her only grocery store, Mana Foods. ( You will find a wide variety of healthy groceries, eco friendly products and friendly staff at hand, all at great prices too. Grab a snack to go at the hot bar and some healthy juices for the road.

Mana Foods

Paia has some gas stations, it would be advisable to fill up before setting off on a trip to Hana. a full tank is more than enough to get you there and back, but there are no more gas stations directly along the way to Hana.