Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sunday Travel Photo #48: Road to Hana Maui Hawaii

Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach.  Road To Hana.  Maui.  Hawaii.  December 2011.

Overview of Hana Highway, Maui Island, Hawaii
The Hana Highway runs along the northeast coastline of the island of Maui. The Hana Highway connects Maui’s principle city of Kahului with the tranquil town of Hana. The highway is officially 68 miles long, the shoreline scenic route is 52 miles long.
The Road to Hana is world famous for it’s lush tropical scenic features, towering waterfalls, natural streams, and picturest ocean views. The road itself is very winding and narrow. Driving the road to Hana takes approximatelyt 2.5 hours to drive non-stop. Stoping to take advantage of it’s tropical scenic beauty, the full trip could take you anywhere from 3.5 – 4 hours. Plan for an all-day tour, as you will make several stops. The scenic route passes over 59 bridges, 46 of which are only one lane wide. Many of the concrete and steel bridges are original, dating back to 1910. Along with the historical bridges, the highway encompasses 620 curves.

Attractions at Hana Highway, Maui Island, Hawaii

Kaanapali Beach

Nearly all of the seaside resorts in this area back up to Ka'anapali Beach, a three mile stretch of sand suitable for frolicking with a sidewalk that runs the entire length by the hotels to Black Rock. Black Rock slices across the beach and is a popular spot for snorkelers and scuba divers. Those in search of their scuba certification on this part of the island will likely do your first dive at Black Rock. There are also plenty more opportunities to whet your appetite for water sports such as parasailing, wind surfing and jet skis.
Beach access can be tricky, especially during the high tourist season. Some of the resorts have beach access lots that are open to the public. There are also several secure pay-to-park lots. Early morning is the best chance to claim a parking spot and patch of sand. Of course where tourists gather, so do thieves. Do not leave any valuables unattended or in your car as they will likely not be there when you return. Also, as will all beaches in the islands, never turn your back on the ocean. Sometimes in the winter months the surf can get rough. In the event the water is too dangerous, the life guards will post red flags as a warning. Ka'anapali beach is located about two miles north of Lahaina along West Maui's shore. From Lahaina, head west on highway 30. The Ka'anapali Resort is well marked and just off the highway. Public access signs near the shore direct you down to the beach.

Pipiwai Trail

The Pipiwai Trail, above the Oheo Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools), is one of the best hikes on Maui. Pipiwai Trail is 4 miles roundtrip, gaining 650-feet in elevation. It takes 2 1/2 - 5 hours to hike, depending on how much nature loving you do. There are several great waterfalls along the route with the final destination fall being Waimoku Falls, falling 400-feet down a sheer lava rock wall shaped like a horse shoe. If it's been wet in the area recently, you can additionally find yourself surrounded by numerous small waterfalls on the surrounding cliff face. This is an absolutely beautiful falls and well worth the hike to get to it.

How to Get to Hana Highway, Maui Island, Hawaii
You can get to Hana Highway, Maui Island by some available vehicles such as: car, motorbike, etc.


  1. oh Kate! You lead such an exciting life! And, your adventures of traveling solo has made me very bold. This must have been a very exciting place to visit. All that scenery! The coastline must look amazing up close! If I'm ever there, I will be sure to take this amazing scenic drive down the coast.

    1. I was so amazing. Hana is one of the most beautiful scenic highway in the world.

  2. Anonymous7/17/2015

    Fantastic place to make a awesome travel,you are looking too mysterious in this pic!

  3. Geminy7/19/2015

    I'm going to visiting Maui next summer for my brother's wedding and will be sure to take a drive along this scenic route. I'm an avid snorkeler. I can't wait to try out Black Rock. I might suggest this area for post wedding reception fun. Is it open to small public gatherings? Could be a fun event for all. :)

  4. I have already started packing to visit this place,can't wait no more,feeling so excited.

  5. Anonymous8/07/2015

    Is this a cave?Seem interesting and you are looking like a caveman!!!

  6. Anonymous9/15/2015

    There are some caves near the beach and I think it's kind of great attraction for the tourist.