The Road to Hana

Designated as the Hana Millennium Legacy Trail by President Bill Clinton in 2000, the Hana Highway was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Road to Hana is 64.4 miles long on Hawaii Routes 36 and 360 and connects Kahului and the town of Hana. The official starting point of the route is in the town of Paia. The entire route can take up to 3- 4 hours to drive because of the steep winding roads, one way traffic and the beautiful scenic sights en route.

The Road to Hana can take a toll on those suffering from motion sickness because of the continuous twisting and turning. Here are some tips:

1.  Do not forget to take your Dramamine (or any motion sickness medication) an hour before the journey
2. Chewing gum and Ginger candy help
3. Keep your car window rolled down. Fresh air eases the nausea
4. Make frequent stops to get your bearings back 
5. Throw your gaze at a distant object in the horizon. Do not allow your eyes to watch the road as it curves as it will make you dizzy

The following are a list of prominent mile markers, bathroom stops, and food options on Road to Hana.

Note: Mile markers start at #16. After Hana town, mile markers jump to #51 and go backwards.

Road to Hana Mile Marker #2: Ho’olawa Valley

— Twin Falls Trail: Easy trail to lower waterfalls
— Caveman Falls: Follow gravel road; hike is across slippery, rocky terrain
— Porta Potties

Road to Hana Mile Marker #9.5: Waikamoi Ridge Trail

— Heliconia ‘lobster claws” rainforest flowers
— Kukui nut which is the state tree
— Some of Maui’s oldest trees including 600 year old ‘ohia
— Ke’anae Peninsula, lava fields with taro patches, oldest church, fishing village

Road to Hana Mile Marker #10: Garden of Eden Arboretum 

— Admission $15
— 100 year old mango tree
— Upper Puohokamoa Waterfalls

Road to Hana Mile Marker #12: Kaumahina State Wayside Park

— Bathrooms

Road to Hana Mile Marker #14: Honomanu Bay Lookout

Road to Hana Mile Marker #16: Ke’anae Arboretum

— 150 varieties of tropical plants

Road to Hana Mile Marker #17: Halfway to Hana

— Food stands

Road to Hana Mile Marker #18: Wailua Valley

— Waikani Stream Bridge is one of Maui’s famous bridges
— Upper Waikani Falls/ Three Bears

Road to Hana Mile Marker #22: Pua’a Kaa State Wayside Park

— Bathrooms

Road to Hana Mile Marker #24: Hanawai Falls

— Actually this is the Upper Hanawai Falls, a 30 foot cascade
— Can be seen from the road
— The lower Hanawai Falls is a 200 foot cascade and can be accessed from a trail in the town of Nahiku

Road to Hana Mile Marker #29: Nahiku Marketplace

— Porta Potties
— Food stands

Road to Hana Mile Marker #31: Kahanu Garden

— Pi’ilanihale Heiau, largest temple in Hawaii

Road to Hana Mile Marker #31: Hana Lava Tube

— Self guided tours from 10:30am to 4:00pm
— Admission $11.95 

Road to Hana Mile Marker 32: Wai’anapanapa State Park

— Pa’iloa Beach consists of black volcanic sand. The waves were thrilling; but only the strongest of swimmers can battle the tides.      

Road to Hana Mile Marker #34: Hana Town

— Travaasa Hana: Voted as one of the top 25 resorts in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards. We had lunch in the open air restaurant, The Preserve Kitchen + Bar with a wonderful view of Kauiki Hill and Hana Bay.

Grilled Vegetable Spinach Wrap: Fresh grilled vegetables, lettuce, tomato, basil pesto and goat cheese. Comes with pickles and sweet potato chips.

Road to Hana Mile Marker #50: Hamoa Beach

— Bathrooms

Road to Hana Mile Marker #45: Wailua Falls

— 80 foot waterfall and plunge pool
— Can be seen from the road

Road to Hana Mile Marker #42: Haleakala National Park Kipahulu Entrance

— Pipiwai Trail to Waimoku Falls
— ‘Ohe’o Gulch or 7 Sacred Pools

Further Reading

Haleakala National Park | Maui, Hawaii

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