Road To Hana Visitors Guide

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A Long and Winding Road

Traveling the Hana Highway along Maui's north shore 52 miles from Paia to Hana town is a legendary journey with over 600 hairpin turns and 59 bridges—most of which are one-lane. This unforgettable trip is immensely popular due to countless hidden treasures found along the way such as breathtaking ocean views, waterfalls that cast rainbows into the sky and charming towns that will make you love this paradise even more. But the real excitement begins beyond Hana town as the road continues around the remote backside of Haleakala. The full loop around Maui's great volcano winds its way to Kipahulu, Kaupo and eventually to Kula.

Road To Hana Waterfalls

Waterfalls

The Road to Hana has waterfalls around almost every corner. Each waterfall is one of a kind with different vantage points, heights and surrounding landscapes. You will want to stop at as many as you can!

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Transportation Options

The Road to Hana is a long and winding road but it is worth every second of travel time. Choosing how you travel on this route is a big decision because it determines how much everyone in your group will enjoy this trip.

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Road to Hana
Road to Hana

Protecting Maui's Resources

Hawaii's natural resources are irreplaceable. As part of our Do Good. Have Fun. mission, we work to preserve the natural resources on our islands including the area along the Road to Hana.

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East Maui Watershed

The waterfalls along the Road to Hana are fed by the East Maui Watershed. This watershed covers an area of 100,000 acres and generates 60 billion gallons of freshwater every year.

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East Maui Watershed

Do good. Have fun.

We know how lucky we are to live in this place, and introducing guests to Hawaii’s natural beauty and rich culture brings us joy every single day. Since we began, our goal has been to conserve the land we love so much, with ocean plastic clean-ups, reforestation efforts through planting thousands of native trees on Maui, joining 1% for the Planet and donating over $1.7 million to local environmental charities. We’re proud of all the ways we dig in to restore and conserve the islands’ native ecosystems so that our kids (and their kids!) can enjoy them as much as we do.

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Jaws is Home to Monster Waves

Every winter, the North Shore of Maui gets massive swells – creating some of the largest waves on Earth.  At Peahi on Maui, those waves are met by the best big wave surfers in the world.  The surf break, known locally as Peahi, is commonly called Jaws by surfers and spectators.  Waves here regularly reach 60 feet in height, with wave heights of over 80 feet occurring on the biggest of days.  In order to reach Jaws you must drive about a mile off of Hana Highway, down rough 4x4 roads – through abandoned Pineapple fields – and you will eventually reach the 100-foot-tall cliffs which overlook the surf break.  Jaws only breaks on the biggest of winter surf swells – occurring a few times each year between the months of November an April.  For those lucky enough to be on Maui when Jaws is breaking, it is an awe-inspiring experience to witness – but just be sure you have a truck or Jeep with 4-wheel drive because reaching Jaws can be an adventure itself.

Maui's Waterfalls


The waterfalls on Maui come in all different shapes and sizes, they form based on the natural structures around them or sometimes influence the structures around them by becoming wider over time. Most waterfalls are larger during the more rainy times of the year on the island. Learn More.

Getting There

Self-Guided Trips

Thousands of visitors travel on Hana Highway every year. The road is well-marked in most areas, but also extremely windy and requires caution.  Plan ahead, and get out at the various points of interest along the way to make the most of your adventure.

Going With A Tour Guide

Guided tours are a great option for enjoying the Road to Hana. Local operators can navigate the roads and provide a worry-free experience for your group, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful scenery and learn more about the area from your guide. Tours provide round-trip transportation from most area hotels.

Weather on the Road to Hana

Our Road to Hana Tours will run in rain or shine and we will always have a great time. But, if you are choosing to drive yourself, be sure to check the forecast ahead of time because rainy conditions can add extra stress during your drive due to decreased visibility and sometimes slippery conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I get car sick easily?
The Road to Hana is a very windy route but we stop and get out of the vehicle a lot during the tour. The tour vehicles are also air-conditioned to ensure a comfortable ride for our guests. We provide water, juice, and ginger candy during the tour, which can also help with any motion sickness you may experience.

How many stops are there during this tour?
Tours make at least 10 stops during this adventure from Paia to Hana and beyond. 

How many curves are on the Road to Hana?
The Road to Hana has over 600 corners.

How long is the Road to Hana?
Kahului to Hana is 52 miles one way. Our tours then continue around through Kipahulu and Kaupo where you experience the wild and beautiful backside of Haleakalā as we return to Kahului via this unforgettable route. Total drive all the way around is approximately 114 miles from Kahului to Kahului.

Can you accomodate ADA requests?
Skyline Hawaii does have ADA accessible tour vehicles available, please call our reservations team at 808.878.8400 for more information or to make a booking.

Can you drive rental cars on the Road to Hana?
Most of Maui's rental car companies will allow you to drive the Road to Hana. Be sure to check your rental agreements to confirm this. But, when you choose our Road to Hana guided tour rather than driving yourself, you ensure everyone in your group can enjoy the views along this iconic route while we navigate the sharp corners and rugged terrain.

When was the Road to Hana built?
The 64.4 mile long Hana Highway was constructed in 1926 on Maui. The road was not paved until the late 1960s.

How big is Hana?
Hana is located on the eastern side of Maui, Hawaii and has a population of 1,235 people. Hana is one of the most isolated communities in Hawaii, which is part of the reason why the trip to Hana is so iconic. 

What is there to see on the Road to Hana?
There are lots of beautiful waterfalls, beaches, parks, and hiking trails to stop at along the Road to Hana. You can find most of the best stops by paying attention to the mile markers along the road. 

Why choose a guided tour of the Road to Hana?
When you choose our Road to Hana guided tour rather than driving yourself to Hana, you ensure everyone in your group can enjoy the breathtaking views along this iconic route. When you join us for a guided tour, you will be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride while we navigate the sharp corners and rugged terrain. And, our guides make each tour a unique experience! Trained to uncover Hawaii's rich history and to keep you safe and smiling throughout the tour, they’re experts at what they do and set Skyline apart from the rest.

Car Seat Regulations
Hawaii’s Child Passenger Restraint Law requires children under 4 years of age, to ride in a child safety seat. Please note that guests will be required to provide child seats that meet State requirements. Click here to view Hawaii’s car seat laws.