Best Stops on the Road to Hana in Maui
The Road to Hana is one of the must do things when in Maui Hawaii. This 6-8 hour round trip drive to the town of Hana on the east coast of Maui is the most windy and scenic on the island. On this drive you’ll get to see waterfalls, black sand beaches, gorgeous Hawaiian scenery, and more! While the destination of Hana is cool, this drive is all about the journey. The length of the drive is all dependent on how many stops you make. The stops along the way are noted by mile markers (MM) since there aren’t any actual road signs for most of the stops. Below, we’ll break down our best stops on the road to Hana in Maui.
MM #2 Twin Falls
Twin Falls is the first stop in your road to Hana journey. It is usually the busiest but also has the most parking. The two waterfalls are within short walking distance. There aren’t any restrooms but there are portable toilets on site. There is also a food stand on site should you forget snacks or drinks.
MM #10 Waikamoi Falls
Waikamoi is a hugely underrated stop on the road to Hana. It is probably underrated because of the lack of parking and if you blink, you’ll literally miss on the drive. There are two waterfalls at this stop with the first one being right next to the road. The second and larger one is a little further inland but a nice little walk. Both waterfalls have a wading pool. These waterfalls are also tricky to see as the water from the stream can sometimes be diverted to farms.
MM #17 Ke’anae Peninsula
The Keanae peninsula was formed from the lava flow from the Haleakala crater. This stop provides gorgeous views of the north Maui shoreline. Take a stroll on the peninsula and check out the taro field and the Ke’anae Congregational Church. For a banana bread fix, check out Aunty Sandy’s on the peninsula.
MM #18 Wailua Valley State Wayside
This stop is another one that you may miss if you aren’t looking hard for it. Nestled between two cliffs, the Wailua Valley State Wayside provides an awesome view of the Wailua and the ocean as well as the Wailua valley. The valley looks like something out of the Jurassic Park movies!
MM #22 Pua’a Ka’a State Wayside
Pua’a Ka’a is a great stop to find a small waterfall, picnic tables, and real bathrooms. There is a small plunge pool at the base of the waterfall but the water was super cold when we were there. This is a good stop to get out and take a break from the windy road. If you’re lucky, you may even spot some Hawaiian mongoose at this stop.
MM #29 Nahiku Marketplace
After a long drive, you’ll be hungry. The Nahiku Marketplace is a great stop to grab food, coffee, and even some homemade souvenirs. At Nahiku, you’ll find a taco stand, Thai food, and some great Hawaiian coconut shrimp. Be sure to grab some delicious homemade coconut strips!
MM #32 Wai’anapanapa State Park
Try to say Wai’anapanapa three times fast! If you’re like us, you won’t even be able to pronounce it correctly the first time. Don’t let the name scare you because this is a must stop on your road to Hana journey. At this stop you find a beautiful black sand beach, a blowhole, ocean caves, and even an old cemetery. There are also two freshwater cave pools but when we visited, it was closed off.
MM #42 Pipiwai and Seven Sacred Pools
The road to Hana doesn’t have to end at Hana. Driving another 45 minutes past Hana town will get you to one of the best hikes on Maui. The Pipiwai trail and Seven Sacred Pools are both at the same location. The Seven Sacred Pools is only a half a mile walk but you’ll get to see a gorgeous waterfall stream leading to the ocean. For more rewarding hike, head up the Pipiwai trail to Waimoku falls. Along the way, you’ll walk through an awesome bamboo forest. This alone was worth the hike!
There are a ton of stops along the way but these are our favorite stops on the road to Hana. We highly recommend doing the road to Hana if you’re in Maui. Be sure to take some anti-nausea medicine though before making the drive! Those windy roads are no joke! Check if this cool interactive map to help plan your road to Hana trip!