Maui Road to Hana Tours and CD
Get ready for a trip back in time to the old style, slower paced Hawai'i and the most beautiful tropical rainforests you've ever seen! But be prepared to take your time getting there, as the road to Hana offers some of the most spectacular scenery found anywhere in the Hawaiian islands, but the road is long and winding, with over 600 curves and 54 bridges. It's only 53 miles from Kahului Airport to Hana, but it usually takes about 2½ to 3 hours to make the drive, of course that depends on how often you stop.
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Remember! It's the journey not the destination. Stop often.
Early on the road you will see that farming is still an important lifestyle for many people on Maui, from the pineapple fields of Haiku, and a little later on, the taro fields of Keanae. Taro, or Kalo as it is called in Hawaiian, is a starchy root vegetable that was a staple food for the ancient Hawaiians, and is used to make poi which you will hopefully get to sample at a luau during your visit. Later along the road, you will encounter lush tropical rain forests with an astounding variety of exotic flora, especially guava, papaya, and bread fruit trees, and bird of paradise, ginger and heliconia blossoms. Watch for the Rainbow Eucalyptus trees. They are incredible! If it's raining, please try not to hit the frogs on the road!
If you enjoy old churches, you may want to drive through Keanae and nearby Wailua to see some of the oldest churches on Maui. You will have seen many beautiful waterfalls by now, both large and small, and fresh water pools that you might want to take a swim in. Just before Hana town, take a short drive down to Wainapanapa State Park. It's just a quick walk in the park to see a wonderful black sand beach, and you can hike through some small caves. Swimming here is only recommended for the strongest of swimmers, as the waves are often very large and the currents very strong
Next stop is Hana town, a very sleepy little town with the charm of old style Hawai'i. There is a quaint little museum here, a cute little homestyle take out restaurant down at Hana Bay, an expensive place to stay and eat called the Hotel Hana Maui, and Fagan's cross on the hill. Mr. Fagan founded the hotel, and if you want to hike up to the cross, ask at the hotel desk for a key to the gate. You will need to travel another 45 minutes or so down the road to reach Oheo Gulch, better known as the "Seven Sacred Pools", but it's worth it. The pools are located in Haleakala National Park, and you can swim in the pools if it's not raining. If you have the time, there is a great rainforest hike to some upper waterfalls, but it takes 2 hours to reach the farthest and biggest one.
There is so much more to tell about the road to Hana, so if you want to be sure you don't miss anything, stop by Boss Frog's before you go to purchase Boss Frog's Hana CD Tour for just $9.95. Or book a guided van tour. Click here for more info.
If you're interested in some helpful hints and tips of what to bring, where to go, and what to do on the way to Heavenly Hana, see The Road to Hana guide for detailed information from Maui locals.