Road to Hana

by Eve Andersson

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One of the most wonderful day (or two) trips you can take on Maui, driving along a winding road, stopping at waterfalls, beautiful views, lush foliage, fruit stands, and amazing beaches (black sand, red sand).

Black sand beach. Hana, Maui. Jin enjoys the clear water at the beautiful black sand beach. Hana, Maui. This, the magnificent black beach, is the main reason people visit Hana. But the trip there is half the fun (or more like three quarters of the fun, if you want to be precise)...


Maui coast. Jin, Beth, and a dog, silhouetted against the rocky coast. Hana, Maui. Northern Maui. Surprisingly thick clouds. Northern Maui. Cows grazing. Road to Hana, Maui.


Rainbow in a roadside waterfall. Road to Hana, Maui. We saw at least one rainbow every day we were on Maui. We saw this little one in a random roadside waterfall.

Jin and Beth play in the waterfall. Road to Hana, Maui. Waterfall on the road to Hana. Eve and Jin at waterfall on road to Hana.

Red Sand Beach

Red sand beach. Hana, Maui. Red sand beach. Jin and Beth in water.  Hana, Maui.


Jin demonstrates the immensity of the plant's leaves. Road to Hana (near Twin Falls), Maui. This leaf is almost as big as Jin.

Nice plants. Maui. Nice plant, kind of banana-like. Maui. Nice plant. Maui.

Nice plant. Maui. Nice plant. Maui.


Japanese Graveyard. Hana, Maui. Eve in the Garden of Eden. Road to Hana, Maui.

Eve Andersson (eve@eveandersson.com)


The Road to Hana


Excellent photos of the Road to Hana. It looks as though you've experienced quite a bit of it.

I've lived on Maui for a long time, and can attest to its beauty and unique tropical landscape. The magnificient black sand beach you refer to is Wai'anapanapa State Park, a place filled with Hawaiian legend and lore. The ocean lava tubes here are truly impressive. I completely agree that the trip is 3/4 the fun. The Road to Hana acts as the perfect compliment for the saying, "Life is about the journey, not the destination."

Thank you for sharing your photos. Have you been back since? Looks as though you're globe-trotting on a regular basis. Keep it up!



-- lindsay Comeau

Driving to Hana is truly a MUST-DO activity for any trip to Maui! I must say, you have taken some gorgeous pics - when we drove the Road to Hana, we didn't take nearly enough of them ourselves! The next time we do this drive, we want to spend one night in Hana - that should give us more time to check out all the sights (last time we did this, we drove to Hana and back all in one day).

The black sand beach is on my to-do list for next time... your pics look like Waianapanapa. And the Red Sand Beach - I just HAVE to see it! Your pics reminded me of how BADLY I want to see that one!

The tropical foliage is awesome to see for someone like me who doesn't live in a climate that is even remotely tropical. I thought those trees whose trunks look like a woman in a skirt were cool. Your pic of that one looks just like the ones we saw near the Pipiwai Trail.

-- Sheralyn Guilleminot

road to hana

I have actually been on the Hana Highway 3 times in my life? I love driving the back way out of there (even tho they say you shouldn?t) It is certainly one of the most scenic roads in the world! I write this article about this great trip: http://www.travelours.net/2016/12/road-to-hana-stops.html

-- Ramy Saber

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