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Points Of Interest

Point #1
Overview of the Tour

Hana Hwy, Kahului, HI 96732, USA

  • Distance : 1.47
  • Attraction : Overview

Believe me when I say this is gonna be a fantastic day for us! The drive from Paia, which is just ahead, to the Haleakala National Park and Pools of Ohe’o is about 2 hours, one way. As we go, I’ll be pointing out some epic sites and inviting you to go check them out. Prepare to spend your entire day taking in the beauty and majesty of the road to Hana. Now, you don’t have to stop at every site! You are gonna wanna save some time for the National Park, trust me. And if you are trying to complete the return trip before dark, just keep an eye on your watch. I’ll also share some local lore, which is always entertaining, as well as some good old history. I’ll point out places to stop, eat and shop, but most importantly, where the restrooms are. You can count on me! Remember not to rush through this tour! If you want to take pictures, by all means, please do! Just remember to also breathe in the fresh air, hear the happily chirping birds, and smell the sweet flowers. Just try to be in the moment. The drive is part of the journey, not just a way to get to the destination.

Point #2

2414 Waipua St, Paia, HI 96779, USA

  • Distance : 1.36
  • Attraction : Information

When you get out of your car, be smart, lock your car, and hide any valuables. Better yet, take them with you. It’s just a good rule of thumb. Also, DO NOT LITTER! It is everyone’s responsibility to nurture this magnificent land. In addition, check your shoes and clothes for any random seeds before you get out to explore. I know that sounds weird but we do not want to introduce any non-native, invasive plant species into this delicate space.

Point #3

27 Hana Hwy, Paia, HI 96779, USA

  • Distance : 1.54
  • Attraction : Town

Welcome to the quaint town of Pa’ia. If you’d like to park and explore, go for it! Just remember we’ve got a long and awesome tour ahead of us so keep track of the time. You can always hit these stores and restaurants on the way back. Pick a good dinner spot! Now is the time to stock up on food, water, gas and cash. There are spots along our tour to get snacks and drinks, but typically they only take cash. Grab a picnic lunch to take with you so you can stop along the way and eat while you take in some beautiful views. Don’t forget gas! The next gas station is two hours away. The Hana Picnic Lunch Company is located in a green building on your left, just before Baldwin Avenue. They will hook you up with some fantastic lunches-to-go.

Point #4
Ho'okipa Beach Park

798 Poho Pl, Paia, HI 96779, USA

  • Distance : 3.27
  • Attraction : Beach

We’ve got some beautiful views here on our way to Ho’okipa Park, am I right? As you are enjoying the magnificence of the Pacific Ocean, can you see any Kite surfers? They will be the ones on a wakeboard with what looks like a small parachute attached to them. This relatively new sport combines paragliding, surfing, windsurfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, and wakeboarding. When the wind is blowing just right, these crazy kite surfers can catch some wind and end up as high as 30 feet above the water. The most insane part is that they do it on purpose! Do you think you’d wanna give it a try? Check out mauikiteriders.com. They offer lessons. Ho’okipa Park is up on the left and is a fantastic place to sit on some white beaches and enjoy a front row seat to some of the best kite surfing around. You may catch a glimpse of some sea turtles as a bonus!

Point #5

2919 Hana Hwy, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 1.31
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Point #6
Jaws Pe'ahi

3782-3774 Hana Hwy, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 1.21
  • Attraction : Surf Beach

If you’d like to turn left on Pe’ahi Road with a chance of seeing some surfers and some ridiculously dangerous Jaws waves, the best time to do so is between December and March. With the right wind and ocean conditions, Jaws can deliver waves as high as 70 feet. That’s as tall as a 6-story building! If that’s what’s going on out there right now, I can guarantee you will see thrill-seeking surfers out there trying to ride the wave of their life.

Point #7

3890 State Hwy 36, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 0.66
  • Attraction : Restrooms

Restrooms ahead!

Point #8
Jaws Country Store

4320 Hana Hwy, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 1.65
  • Attraction : Store

Up on your right is the Jaws Country Store. Here you can find fresh, locally sourced food from Maui’s fishermen and farmers. You can also support the locals here by purchasing a keepsake. Anyone need a restroom break? You can find those here as well. Now before we start hitting the waterfalls, here are a few safety precautions: Don’t swim underneath the falls. Falling rocks can really damage the old noggin. Next, watch for fast-floods. These powerful currents can literally pick you up and wash you away. And there ya go. Carry on!

Point #9
Road to Hana Mile Marker Zero

44 Kaupakalua Rd, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 0.99
  • Attraction : Mile Marker

Coming up on your right you will see mile marker zero. This marks the official beginning of your epic journey to Hana and beyond. Oh, did you think we had already started? Well we sort of did, but Mile Marker 0 makes it official!

Point #10
Slow Down

7262-8052 Hana Hwy, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 0.79
  • Attraction : Slow Down

Just a reminder to drive slowly, carefully, and enjoy the views!

Point #11
Twin Falls

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  • Distance : 1.16
  • Attraction : Waterfall

Are you ready for our first waterfall? Good, because we are coming up on “Twin Falls.” Parking is ahead on the right. If you are hoping to make it all the way to the end of this tour and back, you may wanna skip this first fall. There are better hiking opportunities waiting for you down the road. You can make a quick stop here though, of course, and especially if you have some grumpy passengers that need to get out and stretch their legs.

Point #12
Jungle Zipline Maui-HI

6853 Hana Hwy, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 1.72
  • Attraction : Zipline

Our next stop is Jungle Zipline Maui-HI, off E Waipio Road ahead on the left. It’s not actually a stop, because we don’t have enough time for it, but remember it for the next time you visit!

Point #13
Driving Tips

7601 Hana Hwy, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 1.58
  • Attraction : Driving Tips

As the roads get windier and windier, let me share with you a few driving tips. First, try not to drive right behind another car. That will allow you to take in the abundant scenery instead of staring at the bumper in front of you. If a car comes up behind you and they are going pretty fast, it’s probably a local so pull over and wave them ahead of you. Nobody likes being stuck behind a slow tourist. We will also come across some one lane bridges. Treat these like a stop sign. Whoever gets there first gets to go first. If you aren’t sure, just wave the other car through. Also, a great way to get carsick is to scroll on your phone. Don’t do it! Just sit back, relax and enjoy. Speaking of phones, don’t forget to keep yours charged!

Point #14
Dangerous Curve and Bamboo Forest Hike

HI-360, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 0.42
  • Attraction : Hike

Dangerous curve ahead! Pay attention! Also, the Bamboo Forest Hike Trailhead is coming up. However, it is often closed due to weather conditions, and for the fact that it is on private property. We have plenty of hiking trails ahead, so don’t panic if this one is closed.

Point #15
Haipua'ena Falls

Hana Hwy, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 1.20
  • Attraction : Waterfall

Up next is Haipau’ena Falls. It’s at mile marker 11.5. You can park the car, stretch your legs and give it a swim, but it’s really not a remarkable waterfall compared to the better ones down the road. However, it’s only about a 30 second walk to get to, which makes it probably the most accessible waterfall on the tour. Also, it’s typically not crowded.

Point #16
Fun Facts

132-128 HI-360, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 1.48
  • Attraction : Fun Facts

Ever wondered how Maui got its name? Well, Hawaiian lore says that there was a Polynesian demigod named Maui. He threw a rope around the sun and made it slow down so the island people could have more sunlight in order to catch fish and grow crops. Also, Green Sea Turtles call Maui home more than any other species of turtle. As far as hard-shelled sea turtles, they are the biggest, growing up to 4 feet long and weighing up to 300 pounds! These magnificent animals are highly protected. Enjoy them from a good distance.

Point #17
Waikamoi Ridge Trail

500-510 HI-360, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 1.18
  • Attraction : Trail

The Waikamoi Ridge Trail is coming up on your right. It’s only three quarters of a mile long, and it’s a loop, so you’ll end up right back where you started. The trail will lead you through a beautiful forest of giant mahogany and eucalyptus trees. Consider making a quick stop here if you’d like.

Point #18
Garden of Eden Arboretum

552 HI-360, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 1.52
  • Attraction : Botanical Garden

Pretty soon we'll be coming up on the Garden of Eden Arboretum and botanical garden. This is a 26-acre private botanical garden filled with multitudes of exotic tropical rainforest plants from around the world. That’s great and all, but the favorite item here is the Keopuka Rock, which was featured in the opening scene of the 1993 blockbuster hit movie, “Jurassic Park,” which, coincidentally, is another Stephen Spielberg film. How about more fun facts? Ok! In the wintertime, thousands of humpback whales make the long trek to the warm Maui shores. These majestic creatures travel up to 10,000 miles per year. They feed on krill and small fish, and somehow manage to reach up to 44 tons in weight on that diet. Even more spectacular is the fact that they can breach, meaning come to the surface of the water to breathe, and catapult their 44-ton bodies ⅔ or more out of the water.

Point #19
Kaumahina State Wayside Park

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  • Distance : 0.57
  • Attraction : Park

Coming up is Kaumahina Wayside Park. This rest stop has restrooms and some pretty cool scenic viewpoints if you are interested.

Point #20
Honomanū Bay

HI-360, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 0.90
  • Attraction : Bay

Here comes the beautiful Honomanu Bay. Find a place to park, cross the street and take it all in. And of course, take some pictures. If there isn’t any room to park, you can also stop by on the way back. This bay is a favorite for locals because it is so secluded. There’s also a small road that will lead you down to the water coming up. I’ll let you know when you get close.

Point #21
Honomanu Bay Turn-Off

612-640 HI-360, Kula, HI 96790, USA

  • Distance : 0.84
  • Attraction : Directions

Ok, just around this tight corner, and please slow down and pay attention to traffic, you will find a small, narrow road off to the left. If you wanna venture closer to Honomanu Bay, that’s the way to go.

Point #22
Roadside Stands

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  • Distance : 1.52
  • Attraction : Roadside Stands

Oh, before I forget - if you don’t try the banana or mango bread that is sold at some of the roadside stands, I will be very upset. You won’t regret it.

Point #23
Nua’ailua Bay Viewpoint

674-698 HI-360, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 0.54
  • Attraction : Viewpoint

If you love sheer cliffs and crashing surf, there’s a pretty awesome view of Nua’ailua Bay just ahead. Find a place to park along the road and cross carefully to the other side to take in the majesty.

Point #24
Keanae Arboretum

13385 Hana Hwy, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 0.82
  • Attraction : Arboretum

Look for a little sign and gate ahead on your right. This is the entrance to Keanae Arboretum and if you appreciate exotic flora, this is a great stop. Go check out the rainbow eucalyptus trees and the blue marble trees. Also, when the road ahead comes to a “V,” go left on Keanae Road. We are headed out on a peninsula that was created by an eruption from the Haleakala volcano. Just follow Keanae Road.

Point #25
Keanae Lookout and Historic Church

316 Keanae Rd, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 0.73
  • Attraction : Lookout and Church

Well, we have been driving on the peninsula I was talking about which was created by the Haleakala volcano blowing its top. After the hot lava dried, what was left was a huge barren field of dried lava. Did you notice an old stone church on the right as you were driving? Look for it on your left as you drive back toward the main road. It has a pretty amazing story that I want to share with you. So, on April Fool’s Day in 1946, a magnitude 8.1 earthquake at the Aleutian Islands in Alaska triggered a tsunami wave headed for Hawaii at a snappy 500 miles per hour. Back in the day, there was no warning system and the gigantic waves came crashing into this Keanae peninsula, with peaks over 30-feet high. Tragically many villagers died. The only thing that remained standing after the tsunami was the old stone church here. The church was built over 150 years ago, out of lava rock and coral. Who knew that combination would withstand an enormous tsunami? When you are done here. Just head back the way we came in, and turn left when you get back to Hana Highway. Just follow your navigation!

Point #26
Half Way! (Almost)

13616 Hana Hwy, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 1.19
  • Attraction : Half Way Point

Hey, guess where we are! The half-way point! But don’t crack open the bubbly just yet. If you plan on driving all the way to the Oheo pools of Kipahulu past Hana, which is the end of our tour, you are actually only 1/3 of the way there. But I’m having a blast with you, so let’s keep going! Are you in need of a snack? Perfect. You are gonna see lots of snack stands, and fruit stands in front of people’s houses. Make a stop and support the local residents. Depending on the season, you can find mango, papaya, banana, coconut and more! Typically, the residents grow the fruit right in their yard, so you are getting freshly picked produce.

Point #27
Uncle Harry's

89 Hana Hwy, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 0.89
  • Attraction : Produce Stand

Uncle Harry’s is coming up on the left. It’s not my Uncle Harry. Probably not yours either. But this place was Hana’s first fruit stand, and has been around since 1975, peddling fresh produce, home-made foods and much more. It’s a great stop! We’ve got another “V” in the road ahead. This time, stay to the right.

Point #28
Wailua Valley State Wayside Park

HI-360, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 0.40
  • Attraction : Park

Our next stop is the Wailua Valley State Wayside Park. Don’t blink, or you will miss it. There’s a small parking lot there with a set of stairs that will take you to the perfect aerial view of Wailua to the east and the Wailua Valley to the west.

Point #29
Upper Waikani Falls

HI-360, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 1.26
  • Attraction : Waterfall

Upper Waikani Falls is hard to miss. You will see three waterfalls right after the next large bend in the road and before the bridge. These Falls are also known as the Three Bears because like the old Goldilocks and the Three Bears fairy tale, there’s a small, medium and large waterfall here. So, there isn’t any parking right next to the falls, but you can drive another 1/10th mile and park at that pull off area and walk back. It’s a narrow road, so watch for cars! The falls flow at a safe, slow rate so it’s a great spot to get in the water! Fair warning though, the short hike down to the falls has a bit of a sketchy drop at the beginning, but if you can navigate it, you may just have the falls all to yourself! The trail is on either side of the bridge. We have a quick order of business to attend to here. We are currently about 3 hours away from the Haleakala National Park, where the tour ends, and where we will find the Pools of Oheo. The National Park closes at 5pm. So, do the math and make sure to get there well before 5pm so you can explore.

Point #30
Wailua Iki Falls

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  • Distance : 1.61
  • Attraction : Waterfall and Trail

Up next is Wailua Iki Falls. This gem of a waterfall can be accessed by Wailua Iki Road, which is a little bit east of mile marker 21. You will cross over West Wailua Iki Stream just before reaching the mile marker. There’s a sign and a pullout for parking. Follow Wailua Road uphill until you get to a fork. Hang a right there, and that will take you to a beautiful overlook of Wailua Iki Falls.

Point #31
Maui Fishing Story Part 1

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  • Distance : 0.76
  • Attraction : Story

I’ve got another fun story about the demigod named Maui. You know, the guy that roped the sun. Anyway, legend has it that Maui’s older brothers were avid fishermen, while Maui brought bad luck on any fishing trips, only catching tiny fish. After being left home from numerous fishing excursions, Maui begged to go and his brothers finally took him along. He brought his magic fish hook, with a feather from the moon goddess’s sacred birds.

Point #32
Maui Fishing Story Part 2

HI-360, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 0.16
  • Attraction : Story

Back to the Maui fishing story: So, armed with his magic fish hook and moon goddess feather, Maui cast his line. Soon he hooked something so huge that his brothers had to keep paddling or else he would lose his catch. The fishing line snapped, but not before Maui reeled in eight tropical islands from the ocean floor. I mean, reeling in seven tropical islands, I can see. But eight? That’s quite the feat.

Point #33
Waterfalls Ahead!

HI-360, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 0.86
  • Attraction : Waterfalls

Another waterfall is just ahead. Be ready!

Point #34
Hanawi Falls

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  • Distance : 1.01
  • Attraction : Waterfall

Drive slowly and look to your right to see the Hanawai Falls. It’s a cute little waterfall but we’ve got a bigger one up ahead so maybe don’t bother parking and getting out. If you are feeling a little hungry, just keep your eyes peeled for roadside markets. You are sure to find a tasty treat somewhere along the way. Another order of business - If it is already past 3pm and you don’t wanna drive back home in the dark, you will want to turn around when you get to Hana Town, which is about 20 minutes away. It’s fine to drive at night, but you must be very careful.

Point #35
Makapipi Falls

HI-360, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 1.60
  • Attraction : Waterfall

Here comes one of the most interesting falls, in my opinion. Just under the bridge that crosses over the Makapipi Stream is Makapipi Falls. You can drive over the bridge, park and then walk back to get a great view of the fall. The stream flows within a lava streambed and falls into a gorgeous blue pool. Go check it out!

Point #36
Hana Harvest

750 Hana Hwy, Hana, HI 96713, USA

  • Distance : 0.93
  • Attraction : Food Stand

It’s snack time again! Hana Harvest, ahead on your right, has fresh baked banana bread, tropical smoothies, all kinds of coffees, salads, sandwiches, fresh baked bread and my personal favorite - handmade donuts with tropical fruit filling.

Point #37
Coconut Glen's

1200 Hana Hwy, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 1.23
  • Attraction : Ice Cream

Ice Cream? Ok! Coconut Glen’s has the best vegan ice cream around, maybe anywhere. If you aren’t vegan, don’t be afraid. This ice cream is simply phenomenal. Stop your car. Get out. Try the ice cream. Try to tell me I’m wrong. You won’t be able to.

Point #38
Nahiku Marketplace

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  • Distance : 1.23
  • Attraction : Marketplace

Yup, it’s break time again. Check out the Nahiku marketplace! This is an all-in-one spot for food, drinks, and browsing. Try out some island-style fish tacos, Thai food, shrimp and chips, and especially the kiawe-smoked breadfruit. There are also fresh fruit smoothies and pastries if you are looking for a sweet snack. Stop in, stretch your legs, grab a snack, and let’s hit the road again!

Point #39
Kahanu Gardens

2511-1815 Hana Hwy, Hana, HI 96713, USA

  • Distance : 0.78
  • Attraction : Gardens

Before we get to Hana town, we will be passing by a place I’d like to tell you about. Just off the Hana Highway is Kahanu Gardens. There you will find food plants like bananas, sugar cane, taro and kava. What makes this place even better is that within Kahanu Garden you will find an ancient Hawaiian temple called Pi’ilanihale Heiau. It dates clear back to 1570 and at one time it was one of the most sacred places in all of Hawaii.

Point #40
Hana Lava Tubes

2580 Hana Hwy, Hana, HI 96713, USA

  • Distance : 0.95
  • Attraction : Caves

Who wants to go explore a cave? Betcha didn’t expect that to come out of my mouth, did ya? Well, the Hana Lava Tubes are just a couple of minutes away. If you wanna check them out, turn left on Ulaino Road. There’s a sign and everything. The Hana Lava Tubes formed somewhere around 960 years ago, and it went something like this… Molten lava spewed out of the earth and flowed toward the ocean. The top of the lava cooled and hardened, like a crust. But, under that crust, lava continued to flow toward the ocean for another 2 years or so. When all the hot lava finally drained out, it left an enormous underground tunnel, now called the Lava Tubes, and I’d say that’s pretty cool. Self-guided tours are offered daily from 10:30am -4:00pm, take about 40 minutes, and cost $12 per person. Kids under 6 are free.

Point #41
Waianapanapa Park Directions

HI-360, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 0.81
  • Attraction : Directions

Please turn left on Honokalani Road and follow the sign to Waianapanapa Park. Not just because I told you to, but because this is a must-stop along this tour! I will actually be very sad if you don’t visit this amazing park. This place has majestic 360-degree panoramic views that are hard to beat. Headed toward the coast, you will see lush green hills and valleys which open up to the rugged and beautiful black basalt lava beach. The black sand contrasts perfectly with the deep blue ocean and white capped waves. I mean come on, is there a better picture to make your friends jealous than Black Sand Beach at Waianapanapa Park? I think not. Turn left when you get to the park entrance. I have more to share with you!

Point #42
Waianapanapa Park

9 Honokalani Rd, Hana, HI 96713, USA

  • Distance : 0.23
  • Attraction : Park

Raise your hand if any of the following interests you: walking, hiking, cliff diving, beaches, blowholes, sea arches, fresh water pools, archeological remnants, swimming, camping, relaxing. That was my incomplete list of the cool things here at Waianapanapa Park. I’m sure you will discover even more as you explore. Plan on at least 30 minutes to an hour here. I’m gonna let you be for a bit, so you can get out there and have some fun! Wait, before I forget - Fun fact - The fresh water at the cave here, and you will be able to see it when you go exploring, turns red once every year. According to science, this is because once a year, millions of tiny shrimp enter the cave from the cracks in the rock. But according to local lore, a Hawaiian princess named Popoalaea ran away from her husband, chief Kakae because he was a real jerk. He thought she had been cheating on him. Popoalaea hid inside the cave with her faithful maid, but Chief Kakae found them and killed them both and their blood is what turns the water red. You can go with whichever explanation of the red water that you like. Science or lore. It’s up to you. Ok, now get out there and play, and remember, if you need to restart this tour at any time and from any point, you can just select the “advanced” tab from the start page and select the POI that you want to start at. I’ll meet you at our next stop. Just follow your navigation!

Point #43
Black Sand Beach

Ke Ala Loa O Maui / Piilani Trail, 255 Waianapanapa Rd, Hana, HI 96713, USA

  • Distance : 0.99
  • Attraction : Beach

Ok, time to park and get out there to play. Follow the signs to the Black Sand Beach. It is very, very impressive.

Point #44
Hana High

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  • Distance : 0.56
  • Attraction : School

Looks like we are on our way again. Up on your left you will see Hana High and Elementary School. Go Dragons!

Point #45
Fish Pond

4155 Hana Hwy, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 0.83
  • Attraction : Fish Pond

Now, you can’t see it from here but I want to tell you about the engineering masterpiece that is the ancient Haneo’o Fishpond. The fishpond design involves building a huge, and I do mean huge, rock enclosure in the ocean, with a strong wooden gate. Little fish swim into the enclosure through the gate to feed on algae. But as happens with little fish, they eat and become big fish, and as a big fish they can’t fit back through the gate to get out into the open water. It’s like a refrigerator to keep your fish fresh and replenished all year long!

Point #46

4550 Hana Hwy, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 0.81
  • Attraction : Directions

Continue straight ahead and then turn left on Keawa Place. We are gonna check out another beach.

Point #47
Hana Bay Beach Park

4985 Uakea Rd, Hana, HI 96713, USA

  • Distance : 0.34
  • Attraction : Park

Time to turn left into Hana Bay Beach Park, where you will find a beautiful, and pretty big, black sand beach. There’s a pier at the end of the road with some pretty great views as well. I suggest parking and walking out on the pier. Also, where the road ends and the pier begins, look for a small trail that heads up and around a hill. That trail will take you to some pretty exquisite views of the Hana coastline. And a special secret - about 200 yards of hiking will lead you to a red sand beach. Do it!

Point #48
Hana Bay Beach Pier

5031 Hana Hwy, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 0.56
  • Attraction : Pier

Yup, this is the pier I was talking about. Now go explore! Then head back to Hana Highway by following Keawa Place until it intersects Hana Highway. Then turn left.

Point #49
Hana Coast Gallery, Hana-Maui Resort, Restaurants and Views

5031 Hana Hwy, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

  • Distance : 1.61
  • Attraction : Art, Resort, Restaurants

Yup, here is where you need to turn left. If you look to your left, there’s a cute art gallery which showcases local art, of course, but also Hawaiian jewelry, sculptures, furniture, feather work and much more. We’ve also got a few food stops along this stretch of the journey. Have you been wondering why there are so many waterfalls around here? Waterfalls need water, and steep elevation drops. In a nutshell, the trade winds that blow north-east to the island bring moisture-filled clouds. The clouds get blocked from their journey by the Haleakala volcano. Then those clouds dump tons of rain (anywhere from 8-25 FEET per year) since they are too heavy with moisture to rise above the volcano. That rain creates a tropical rainforest. You’ve probably noticed the obvious elevation changes, so there ya go. Water, plus drops in elevation, equal waterfalls.

Point #50
Fun Facts

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  • Distance : 0.39
  • Attraction : Fun Facts

And now, how about some random information? Ok! Here’s some Hana history that dates clear back to 1550. Hana was a sovereign nation until a certain King Pi’ilani married the daughter of the Chief of Hana, thereby claiming the entire island of Maui under his rule. Maui flourished with peace and prosperity for years. Enter sugarcane. Yes, sugarcane. In 1883 Hana was put on the world map with its production of this tall, perennial grass, which is used for sugar production. The little sleepy town of Hana alone had 6 sugarcane plantations. Eventually the sugarcane plantations became less lucrative and a man by the name of Paul Fagan stepped into history. He bought up all the defunct plantations in Hana and started a cattle ranch. He also established the hotel in Hana, bringing tourism and commerce into the east side of Maui. A cross was erected in Paul Fagan’s memory in 1960.

Point #51
Koki Beach Park

Haneoo Rd, Hana, HI 96713, USA

  • Distance : 0.70
  • Attraction : Park

There’s a small turn off with a little parking lot coming up on your left. That’s Koki Beach Park. Take that turn and I’ll tell you some great stuff, you know, like I always do! Depending on the time of year, this beach will give you either a safe, sandy beach, or a mix of sand, cinder and boulders - not as safe. Either way, it’s a beautiful beach. More Hawaiian lore? You’ve got it. Just to the north of the beach is a large red cinder hill that is literally named “The Bones of Pele.” Legend says that a fight went down between the fire goddess Pele and her older sister Namakaokahai, the goddess of the ocean. Big sister won, and little sister’s bones ended up on that hill. I guess ocean beats fire. Hey, do you remember when I told you about the Hawaiian fishponds? Well, there are two of them just south of the beach. They are privately owned and maintained by Hana locals. Next up is Hamoa Beach.

Point #52
Hamoa Beach

510 Haneoo Rd, Hana, HI 96713, USA

  • Distance : 0.49
  • Attraction : Beach

Just around this next bend is Hamoa Beach. So far, we’ve seen beige sand, black sand, and red sand. Now it’s time for white sand. There’s a small pull out with a cute little covered bus stop. Don’t park there. Just past the bus stop you can park on the side of the road. There’s a small set of stairs on the left just past the bus stop that will lead you down to the beach. The water there is a beautiful clear blue, perfect for snorkeling if the water is calm. Go take a dip, or even a nap. If you happen to be here in the winter, the waves that accompany the season invite surfers and boogie boarders, which are always entertaining.

Point #53
Fruit Stands

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  • Distance : 0.25
  • Attraction : Fruit Stands

Please turn left. Fruit stands up ahead!

Point #54
Maka‘alae Point

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  • Distance : 0.86
  • Attraction : Viewpoint

We are currently driving through an area known as Maka’ale Point. It’s basically stunning open fields, shorelines of majestic rocky cliffs, and even a wall of pine trees.

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7127 Hana Hwy, Hana, HI 96713, USA

  • Distance : 0.33
  • Attraction : Directions

Please stay to the left for some good views.

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Fun Facts

47555 Hana Hwy, Hana, HI 96713, USA

  • Distance : 0.47
  • Attraction : Fun Facts

So, I’m not sure if you counted them, but the Road to Hana has 620 curves and 59 bridges. Of those 59 bridges, 46 are only one lane wide. I bet you’ve never been on a road like this before.

Point #57

47151 Hana Hwy, Hana, HI 96713, USA

  • Distance : 0.52
  • Attraction : Directions

Please stay to the left.

Point #58
Fun Facts

46621 Hana Hwy, Hana, HI 96713, USA

  • Distance : 1.15
  • Attraction : Fun Facts

Also, in case you haven’t tracked it, the Road to Hana is 64.4 miles long, one way. Please tell me you gassed up at the beginning, like I told you to. Also, construction of the road started in the 1800’s but officially opened in 1926. It was completely paved in the 1980’s.

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Fun Facts

45573 Hana Hwy, Hana, HI 96713, USA

  • Distance : 0.59
  • Attraction : Fun Facts

Have you ever heard of Charles Lindbergh? Good. Because he is buried right near here! He is famous for being the first person to fly across the Atlantic Ocean without stopping. He flew his plane, "The Spirit of St. Louis," from New York to Paris in May of 1927.

Point #60
Wailua Falls

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  • Distance : 1.17
  • Attraction : Waterfalls

Coming up on your right is Wailua Falls. Just past the bridge is parking. You have to get a picture of this one! Also, a quick pop-culture trivia question for ya: What 1970’s and 1980’s American fantasy drama (that’s a hint) TV series features the gorgeous Wailua Falls in its opening scene? Give up? The show was called Fantasy Island! Who got it right besides me?

Point #61
Pools of Ohe'o

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  • Distance : 1.00
  • Attraction : Sacred Pools

So, what did you think about Wailua Falls? We have about 10 more minutes of driving until we reach Haleakala National Park at Kipahulu. This is where, among other things, you will want to check out the Pools of Ohe’o and the Pipiwai hiking trail. And we will arrive at Haleakala national park at Kipahulu, where you just have to check out the Pools of Ohe’o and the Pipiwai hiking trail. I’d like to tell you a something about these special places. As a matter of fact, did you know that Ohe’o translates to “something special?” The Pools of Ohe’o are also known as the “7 Sacred Pools”, which was the name that a marketing expert came up with to get tourists to drive all the way out here. Looks like that marketing worked on you too! Ha ha. It’s worth the drive though, I promise. And you are gonna want to spend ample time here. The Pools of Ohe’o are the most popular destination on East Maui and you are about to see why. The 7 sacred pools are a series of splendid, irresistible swimmable pools. The gorgeous 7 pools are spectacularly tiered and connected by graceful waterfalls. You can enjoy their beauty from above as well as swim in their majesty below. You probably should do both.

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Almost There!

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  • Distance : 0.53
  • Attraction : Directions

We are really, really close to Haleakala National Park now. If you love hiking, let me suggest the Pipiwai Trail. It’s a 4-mile, round-trip, moderate difficulty hike with a rigorous 650-foot elevation gain. Don’t freak out about the word “rigorous.” The hike only takes about 2 hours to complete. You’ve got this. The trail winds through a peaceful rainforest, wanders past two spectacular waterfalls, and treks through a magical bamboo forest. A lot of people drive all the way out here just for this hike. That’s how extraordinary it is. Just sayin’.

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Haleakala National Park

42219 Hana Hwy, Kula, HI 96790, USA

  • Distance : 53.33
  • Attraction : Park

And now it’s time for me to once again say, “aloha!” This time it means good-bye. Yep, my time with you has come to an end, but your time of exploration and fun is not over! Follow the signs to the Haleakala National Park. There’s a visitor center on the left as you go in. Stop in and check out all the wonderful things here! Obviously, the Pools of Ohe’o and the Pipiwai Trail should be at the top of the list. When you are stuffed full of fun and adventure, just head on back the way we came, on the road to Hana. Remember, it’s about a three-hour drive so keep an eye on the time if you are trying to avoid driving in the dark. Thank you so much for letting me hang out with you today. I had such a great time showing you around. I hope you enjoyed seeing the sights and wonders on this awe-inspiring drive. It truly is one of a kind. Be safe out there and I hope to show you around again sometime. Until then, this is Shelly from UCPlaces saying “So long, and happy touring!”