Top 15 Places to Stop
on the Road To Hana

In our experience, researching which stops to make along the Road to Hana can be more exhausting than driving it. With so much mixed information from locals, one-time visitors or seasoned tour guides, and the parking restrictions along Hana Highway, it can be tough to decide which stops are the most suited to your interests. To make the process a bit less overwhelming, we have chosen the Best Places to Stop on the Road to Hana for you. These are based on the great experiences that they offer, easy accessibility, and acceptance from Maui locals.

Seven Sacred Pools Best Road Hana

The Road to Hana is well known the world over for being one of the go-to destinations on Maui. It’s such a long and beautiful drive that features incredible sights and stops. The Road to Hana is a 52-mile stretch of highway with winding and narrow one-lane sections. As such it requires your full attention to navigate safely, so plan to take your time and make an entire day of it.


Ho’okipa Beach Park

Ho’okipa Beach Park is located right around Mile Marker 9 of the historic Hana Highway. While headed east on the Road to Hana, you will find Ho’okipa, which translates to “hospitality” in the Hawaiian language. It is nestled in between the Town of Paia and Haiku Town Center. After passing through the Ku’au neighborhood, you’ll drive right by the legendary Mama’s Fish House Restaurant. Ho’okipa Beach Park will reveal itself a few moments later.

Without a doubt, Ho’okipa is one of the most amazing beaches in all of Hawaii. It is known worldwide because it’s one of the most popular beaches on the planet for watersports: surfing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, stand-up paddling, and more.

The beach park offers more than just beauty and cool aloha vibes. Here, you’ll find a beach cove with so many surf breaks and places to chill out under Maui’s glorious sunshine. It’s also outfitted with BBQs, three pavilions, some public restrooms and showers, and two lifeguard towers.

Ho’okipa is like a backyard for many local Maui families. There are a few great tips that would benefit visitors of Ho’okipa. Drive slowly through the parking lot, make sure to greet the locals with respect and smiles, and pay particular care to your carbon footprint. These tips go for any beach in Hawaii!

As of late, Ho’okipa has caught on in popularity due to the migration of the Hawaiian green sea turtles. If you visit Ho’okipa Beach to see Maui’s turtles, please keep a distance of at least 10 and absolutely do not try to touch or bother these amazing creatures. On any given day, you can find an abundance of them at rest, and they deserve to have their peace.

Ho’okipa Beach has such a beautiful community of families, water sports athletes, and much more. It is worth a visit at any time of the day.

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Twin Falls

A bio-diverse farm that has been family owned and operated since 1997, Twin Falls is home to the first waterfalls to be accessed along the Road to Hana. Stop by and grab some freshly squeezed sugarcane juice, coconut candy, and locally grown fruit at the Twin Falls Farm Stand before heading down either path. You can hike to the Lower Falls, which is an easy, short walk from the parking lot, or to the Upper Falls, which is a one-mile roundtrip hike through a slippery but beautiful trail. Take a refreshing dip in the falls of your choice (or both) and get ready for many more to come!

Twin Falls can be found at Mile Marker 2 on the Road to Hana. You will see the Twin Falls Farm Stand on your right. An attendant will then greet you and tell you where to park. The $10 parking fee helps to pay for the farm’s general expenses and infrastructure improvement so that visitors can continue to enjoy the falls for years to come. Make sure to come early, as paid parking is limited, and parking along Hana Highway is strictly prohibited.

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Huelo Lookout

The Huelo Lookout is seated between Mile Markers 4 and 5 on the Road to Hana. Here you will find a quaint rest stop with panoramic views of East Maui. When you are looking for the Huelo Lookout, look for the farm stand that marks this destination. From the farm stand, some steps will take you up to a viewing point. The Huelo Lookout Fruit Stand is as charming as you could imagine.

Guests can stop here to take a breather and try some delicious fruit smoothies, acai bowls, or fresh coconut. All of the smoothies are made with freshly squeezed sugar cane juice and tropical fruits grown right here on Maui. Our favorite smoothies are the Virgin Piña Colada (pineapple and coconut) and the Superfood Slam (coconut, pineapple, banana, and organic spirulina). The Way High in Huelo (pineapple, coconut, turmeric, and ginger) is an excellent option for those who may feel a bit of motion sickness from Hana Highway’s many curves.

Haven’t had your coffee yet? Try a cocochino, a refreshing blend of coconut ice cream and coffee! They also offer a rotating selection of fresh fruit, hot crepes, shave ice, and locally made coconut ice cream.

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Maui Garden of Eden

The Maui Garden of Eden is located at Mile Marker 10 on the Road to Hana. If you can only choose a few places to stop en route to Hana Town, the Garden of Eden should be at the top of your list. This place is a beautiful arboretum that was created by Alan Bradbury, Maui’s first ISA certified arborist.

The grounds here are impeccably maintained. They have even been recognized by the State of Hawaii for proper land use management and conservation practices.

The grounds feature over 700 labeled species of herbs, some of which were donated by George Harrison of the Beatles! 2.5 miles of lush walking trails are decorated by rich tropical varieties of flowers, plants, trees, and more.

The property of the Maui Garden of Eden also offers a rare view of Puohokamoa Falls, and a superb art gallery full of locally made gifts and Maui souvenirs. You may also find peacocks who love parading in front of the shop! There is a $20 fee to enter the Maui Garden of Eden.

If you’re the adventurous type, book a tour with Rappel Maui, while you are on the Garden of Eden property. This unique tour will take you on an unforgettable rainforest adventure as you rope down jungle cliffs and Puohokamoa Falls. Rappel Maui is open to those of all skill levels and is the only tour of its kind on Maui.

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Ke’anae Peninsula

The Ke’anae Peninsula is just past the Ke’anae Arboretum, at about Mile Marker 16. This area has a lot of history, gorgeous coastline views, and gives guests the chance to catch a glimpse of “Old Hawaii.” The Ke’anae Arboretum is another fantastic place to explore before heading out to the Peninsula. It’s a great spot to relax, stretch your legs, and then peruse the botanical gardens.

There is a paved walkway for about a half-mile walk through over 150 varieties of tropical plants. Here you will see hibiscus, papaya, taro, ginger varieties, native and non-native Hawaiian trees, and more.

There is a road on the makai (left/ocean) side of the road just past Mile Marker 16 that will let you access the Ke’anae Peninsula. Ke’anae is a traditional Hawaiian Village that is known for its taro fields. While driving down the road, you will pass Aunty Sandy’s stand. They are famous for their banana bread and it’s arguably the best that you’ll find. The stand also serves smoothies, Maui snacks, and lunch plates such as chili and rice or pulled pork BBQ sandwiches.

Further down the road, you will reach the Ke’anae Congregational Church. It’s a historic church made of lava rock and coral that was built in 1856. Park on the gravel down the road and marvel at the rugged coastline and the huge waves crashing against the rocks.

Please note that there is no swimming at this location.

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Wailua Valley State Wayside

Keep your eyes peeled, since most visitors breeze right by this scenic stop! Wailua Valley State Wayside offers some of the best mauka (toward the mountains) and mauna (toward the ocean) views along the Road to Hana. Take in the high elevation views of Ke’anae Valley, the sprawling taro fields of Wailua Village and, on clear days, the nearby waterfalls. Climb up the stairs on your right for an unforgettable photo opportunity.

Whether you have come here to enjoy views of the seemingly endless ocean or the clouds rolling over the valleys of Haleakala Volcano, the Wailua Valley State Wayside is a site you just can’t miss.

Wailua Valley State Wayside can be found just over half a mile past Mile Marker 18 on the Road to Hana. There is parking available in the small dirt lot on your right when you pull in.

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Pua’a Ka’a Falls

Pua’a Ka’a Falls and State Park is a rest stop that sits at Mile Marker 22 on the Road to Hana. This is a great place to put on your Road to Hana list of to-do’s since it offers an area where you can relax, some public restrooms, and a walking trail to a falls and a freshwater pool. To access the waterfall and swimming hole, follow the trail that is across the street from the public restrooms.

Pua’a Ka’a Falls is a 15–20-foot waterfall. This easily accessible falls is a nice option for those who are traveling in a large group or with kids. The walk is short but it has some great rewards and is the perfect place to stop and have a picnic lunch. It’s a peaceful spot and exemplifies the tranquility of Hawaii.

Besides being a popular area for both locals and visitors, you can look forward to seeing many feral cats here! As with any other waterfall, avoid swimming if it looks murky and muddy. You also might want to bring some non-toxic mosquito spray with you if you’re prone to bites from the little buggahs.

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Pipiwai Trail

The Pipiwai Trail (Mile Marker 42) offers a captivating adventure with its bamboo forests, waterfalls, and unique natural wonders. This approximately four-mile round trip hike in Haleakalā National Park features a bamboo forest, Makahiku Falls, ancient Banyan and Giant Banyan trees, and the breathtaking Waimoku Falls. Along the way, you’ll encounter diverse Hawaiian flora and fauna. Remember to bring proper hiking gear and arrive early to beat the crowds, ensuring an unforgettable Maui experience on this remarkable trail.

The Pipiwai Trail follows a historic route used by ancient Hawaiians for centuries. They journeyed through this area to gather resources and access freshwater sources, leaving behind a trail that is still admired today.

Hiking the trail is like stepping into a lush rainforest wonderland. The trail traverses through diverse microclimates, showcasing various plant and animal species adapted to the changing conditions.

At the end of the trail, you’ll be rewarded with the breathtaking sight of Waimoku Falls, plunging 400 feet into a pool below. The sheer size and beauty of this waterfall make it a highlight of the hike.

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Hana Farms Roadside Stand

The next spot is right at the entrance of Hana Town, at Mile Marker 31. Don’t miss Hana Farms’ Roadside Stand, a local marketplace where you can shop for exotic and locally made products. Grab some local hot sauce, or some spreads such as banana butter and lilikoi jam. They also have branch-to-bar chocolate made in Hana, coffee, baked goods, and even skincare products.

This place is truly a charming little market that will bring a smile to your face! If you haven’t devoured several loaves already, this is an excellent place to get some delectable banana bread; they have different varieties from which to choose!

If you’re hungry for more than sweets, then walk up the steps behind the stand and enjoy a wood-fired pizza or a Hawaiian-style plate lunch at the Bamboo Hale. It’s a tropical open-air restaurant made of—you guessed it—bamboo! All of the bamboo in the restaurant was sourced from the Whispering Winds Bamboo Farm in Kipahulu. The Bamboo Hale also offers live music every Friday night. Don’t miss out on the sweet island-style melodies!

The Bamboo Hale is closed on Mondays.

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Wai’anapanapa State Park

As far as Maui scenery goes, this is where you’ll get the most bang for your buck. Wai’anapanapa is Hawaiian for “glistening water,” and it has a little something for everyone. There is a picture-perfect black sand beach, some sea arches, a blowhole, a few hiking and walking trails, lava tubes, and stunning panoramic views of the rugged East Maui coast.

The turquoise water is truly gorgeous against the black sand and bright green plant life. While most visitors just stop to snap a few photos and move on, we highly recommend that you take a bit longer to explore this park fully. Dip your toes in the pebbly black sand, and jump into the ocean, but be careful of strong currents and sometimes dangerous shore breaks. Stand inside of the lava tube, and watch the locals as they cliff-dive from jagged islets.

A new reservation system is in place in Wai’anapanapa that requires guests to select a date and time slot for their visits. The entrance and parking fees ($10 per vehicle and $5 per person) are mandatory for out-of-state visitors. You will be turned away from entering the park if you do not have a reservation, so make sure to plan ahead. Campsites and cabins are available with advance notice for guests who wish to stay longer with their friends and family.

Wai’anapanapa State Park is seated right at Mile Marker 32 on the Road to Hana. Stop by one of the self-service fruit or flower stands along the small road on your way out. Take the left onto Wai’anapanapa Road and follow the road down to the park entrance, where an attendant will check your reservation.

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Hana Town

Without a doubt, Hana Town is one of the best small towns in all of Hawaii. It’s full of history, friendly locals, natural wonders, organic farms, and gorgeous beaches. The town is quite sleepy and rural, and is famously known as “Heavenly Hana.”

There are so many things to explore in and around the Hana area. Make sure to check out Wai’anapanapa State Park and Black Sand Beach, the Hana Lava Tube, Kahanu Garden, and Hana Bay. There is also Hana-Maui Resort (formerly known as the Travaasa Hana), Hana Coast Gallery (located in the resort), Hana Ranch, and much more.

The Hasegawa Store is a traditional Hawaii-style General Store. It’s a great place to grab snacks, souvenirs, and supplies if you are planning on camping out in Hana. Many food trucks in town offer plenty of options, but we highly suggest that you try Thai Food by Pranee and Braddah Huts BBQ.

If you are driving past Hana Town, plan to make a stop at both Koki Beach and Hamoa Beach. In between these two Hana beaches, you’ll find a roadside Huli Huli Chicken vendor that is just amazing. Make sure that you pick up some of their banana bread to go!

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Hamoa Beach

Consistently named one of “Maui’s Best Beaches,” Hamoa Beach was a favorite of author Ernest Hemingway. This beach is only a short drive past Hana and it is well worth the drive. Lined with sea cliffs and surrounded by lush vegetation, this long crescent-shaped beach is 100 feet wide and over 1,000 feet long. It offers a calm, quiet, truly Hawaiian escape with quite a view.

Since this beach is exposed to the open ocean, the waves and currents can be strong. This makes it the perfect beach for bodysurfing, boogie boarding, and surfing enthusiasts. Lounge in the shade or on the salt-and-pepper sand and let your worries just melt away. While this spot can get a bit crowded, you will still have plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the day.

Hamoa Beach is located 2.5 miles south of Hana. Take a left onto Haneoo Loop Rd. and drive past Koki Beach, where you will find parking in a small dirt lot. Take the stairs here down to the shore.

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Wailua Falls

Considered to be the most photographed and one of the most beautiful waterfalls on Maui, here is Wailua Falls. It is an 80-foot cascading waterfall with a plunge pool, found just off the side of the road before you reach ‘Ohe’o Gulch. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes, and take the short but slippery hike down to the base for a truly rewarding experience and view.

While the falls are usually best viewed in the morning while the sun is shining, it’s always worth a stop and a short hike to stand in the mist and marvel at nature. Keep in mind that these falls lie on Honolewa Stream, not to be confused with Wailua Valley or Wailua Stream, which are two separate attractions.

Wailua Falls is located at Mile Marker 45 just past the town of Hana. There is a parking lot right next to the bridge, where vendors are usually set up to sell souvenirs.

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‘Ohe’o Gulch aka “Seven Sacred Pools”

Most commonly known as the Seven Sacred Pools, Ohe’o Gulch is found inside the Kipahulu District region of Haleakala National Park. It is just 10 miles past Hana Town, and you won’t find a more breathtaking setting in all of Maui. It is easy to see why this is one of the most popular stops on the road to Hana. Visitors here will be amazed by the gorgeous cascading waterfalls and beautiful freshwater pools that stream to one another, reaching all the way down to the crashing waves of the ocean. In recent years, access to the pools has been closed off for safety reasons, but it is still a must-see!

There is a fee to get into the park. The pass is good for three days though, and it will also get you into the Haleakala Summit, so make sure to keep your receipt! Guests will enjoy the many facilities at this park. There is a large, paved parking lot, some bathrooms, a campground with picnic tables, and a Ranger Station with displays of interesting information. It’s the perfect spot to stop on the road to Hana and enjoy a picnic lunch.

Ohe’o Gulch is indeed a special place to visit and will be a highlight of your Maui vacation.

Note: There is no swimming at this location.

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Back Side of Haleakala

If you’re a fan of remote beauty, you’ll fall in love with this part of the drive. Most of those who drive the Road to Hana turn around and head straight back once they reach Hana Town. We suggest that you explore further and drive the back road all the way around from Kipahulu into Kula.

While the road on the back side is partially unpaved, narrow, and, at times steep, thousands of people have done it successfully and it’s worth the drive! As green and lush as the Road to Hana has been up until this point is equally how deserted and different it becomes on the back side. It offers guests stunning views of deep valleys and long stretches of undeveloped land. Along this drive, you will pass by the grave of famous aviator Charles Lindbergh, the beautiful Alelele Falls, empty black sand and rock beaches, and St. Joseph’s Church. You will also see Kaupo Gap and the Pu’u Maneoneo petroglyphs and village ruins. Finally, there is the Tedeschi Winery and the Ulupalakua Ranch Store, where they serve up local Maui wine and delicious elk burgers.

The backside of Haleakala begins after ‘Ohe’o Gulch and stretches until Ulupalakua, leading you through beautiful Upcountry Maui. If you wish to stop and take photos, make sure you pull over entirely off the road, so you don’t block traffic.

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We hope that this guide is helpful for your Road to Hana adventure. Remember, it’s not about the destination; it’s about the journey! Please share this article with all of your friends and family!


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