The Highway to Heaven

Hana Travel Blog

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Waikani Falls
The road to Hana is without a doubt the most famous drive in the islands. We decided to tackel this 52-mile (one way) drive on our last day in Maui. The books describe the drive as under-developed and difficult. However, after tackling that I-30 on our first day, the Hana highway seemed like a piece of cake.

The road winds through beautiful moutainsides, old sugar cane fields, past taro fields, all the way to a tiny town named Hana. The road passes breathtaking overlooks, plunging waterfalls, small botanicals gardens, and lots and lots of turns. Total, there are 56 one-lane bridges and 617 curves to combat. We did the drive on a Tuesday and there was little traffic making the drive easy and carefree. On occasion a local would zoom up behind and we would pull off letting them by.
Garden of Eden Botanical Arboretum-Jurassic Park Rock used in the movie
We just kicked back and enjoyed the drive. The road pass Hana proved to have the most beautiful scenery of the entire drive. The end of the road ended at the 7 sacred falls inside the Haleakala National Park. Remeber that is costs $10 per vehicle to enter the park. Otherwise you can just turn around and head back.

Unfortunately, my camera's memory card decided to die so I missed out on about 25 really good pics of the best falls on the road.

A few things to remember: fill up in Kahalui because the further you venture, the more expensive the gas becomes and the less likely you will find it. Start early to avoid the traffic. Hope for a little bit of rain so all the waterfalls will be fully flowing. :)


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Waikani Falls
Waikani Falls
Garden of Eden Botanical Arboretum…
Garden of Eden Botanical Arboretu…
Makapipi Falls. goes under a bridge
Makapipi Falls. goes under a bridge
Upper Puohokamoa Falls inside Gard…
Upper Puohokamoa Falls inside Gar…
Wai`anapanapa State Wayside Park
Wai`anapanapa State Wayside Park
Black Sand Beach (Pa`iloa) at Ways…
Black Sand Beach (Pa`iloa) at Way…
One of several caves along the hig…
One of several caves along the hi…
It rained the entire drive so ther…
It rained the entire drive so the…
One of many hiking trails along th…
One of many hiking trails along t…
Hana
photo by: anupa_rk