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Best Stops Along the Road to Hāna

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Plan Your Journey with These Must-See Spots and Travel Tips. The legendary Hāna Highway spans Maui’s entire northeastern coastline, connecting the bustling airport city of Kahului to the remote mountain beach town of Hāna.
Along its 52 miles, around its 600 turns, and over its 59 bridges, the scenic thoroughfare rewards sojourners with lush opportunities for adventure. Considered a vivid metaphor for life itself, the Road to Hāna teaches travelers to enjoy the journey. And no two journeys are ever the same.

Tip: Start Your Adventure Early

For the best experience, set off well before the sun and you’ll stay ahead of the rush all day. Depending on where you stay, you could encounter traffic on the Hāna Highway (as Route 36), which begins in Kahului.

Stop 1: Gather Provisions in Pā‘ia

First, prepare for your day-long adventure. As the last town you’ll see until Hāna, small Pā‘ia (PAH-ee-ah) is a convenient place to top off your gas tank and fill up your picnic basket. The charming Hāna Picnic Lunch Company offers popular boxed lunches and other essentials to-go.

Stop 2: Pick Up Snacks and a View at Twin Falls

Just past Mile Marker 2 (on Route 360), stretch your legs and see your first waterfall of the day. The Twin Rivers Farm Stand, an easy-to-park-at site in the Ho‘olawa Valley, offers Hawaiian smoothies, banana breads, and other exotic nibbles for later. Wailele Farm, the business behind the stand, officially opened the private trails in recent years for tourists to respectfully explore the nearby lower falls, as well as the less populated upper falls and plunge pools, about a mile round-trip.

Tip: Keep Your Eyes on the Road

Starting around Mile Marker 16, you'll find an especially tricky stretch of blind turns and hundred-year-old one-lane bridges that can intimidate even the best drivers. Just take it slow and practice your best aloha road manners. It's always a good idea to have one of the passengers track mile markers while the driver keeps eyes on the road, as the numbers start over from 0 when Route 36 becomes Route 360.

Stop 3: Stop and Smell the Flowers at the Garden of Eden

About halfway between Kahului and Hāna, at Mile Marker 10½, you can enter the Garden of Eden. Meander through idyllic acres of soothing native flora, fauna, and waterscapes to see how the Maui Botanical Gardens practices and inspires malama‘aina, or caring for the land.
The Road to Hāna offers both a spiritual journey through lush landscapes and a culinary exploration of local favorites. Lace up your shoes and prepare for an unforgettable adventure on Maui.

Where to Stay:

Hyatt Vacation Club, Maui, Kā‘anapali Beach
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