Hana - Maui

Hana is one-of-the kind town with great history, fabulous stories, legends and traditions, as well as breathtaking sceneries. We, at Maui.Best, think it is truly a magical town like no other in the world.

Recently, we developed and gifted a website for the Hana Cultural Center & Museum. It is a wonderful center with fascinating Hawaiian and local stories. It needs all of the support we can give it to continue the spirit of Aloha in Hana. We encourage you to visit the Hana Cultural Center & Museum during your next visit and also check out their new website. Since the museum is mainly staffed with volunteers, we recommend you call first to find out if they are open at (808) 248-8622.

The Hāna Cultural Center & Museum

hana museumWhen you arrive in today's Hāna, you have already stepped back in time by visiting the most isolated and traditional town in the State of Hawaii.
Visiting the Hāna Cultural Center takes you even further into Hawaii's storied past.
Read more about the Hana Cultural Center's website »

Preparations for your Trip to Hana

Remember that going to Hana is all about the journey and experiences along the way, not the destination.

Here are some suggestions before you start your trip on the Road to Hana.

1) Leave very early: Getting to the town of Hana can take 2 to 5 hours depending on many stops you make along the way. Of course, most people make many stops getting there and do a non-stop on the return. Even then, it is an all-day trip. We like leaving very early, before 6 am. That ensures there is no traffic and little crowd at the most popular stops. Remember at 5 or 6 am on Maui, it might already be 80 degrees.
2) Fill up your gas tank before you leave: After starting on the Road to Hana, the only gas station is in Hana! Plus the gas is much more expensive there. Fill up your tank before leave.
3) Bring various clothing: You will be driving for a long time but you might also hike and swim. Bring hiking boots if you have them and, of course, the must-have flip-flops. Prepare for all possibilities.
4) Bring food and water: There are no stores until you reach Hana. And even there, there is only one shop to speak of, the Hasegawa General Store. Bring plenty of water and food for a picnic. Don't drink and drive, please.
5) Bring cash: Of course, there are no ATM machines but you may find local vendors along the way selling fresh banana bread, coconut drinks, or other local food. There are also artists selling their Hawaiian arts. They only accept cash.
6) Download an audio tour app like Shaka Guide. This is a fantastic way to learn about Maui’s history and culture. The app works even when you have no phone reception. You will most likely get no reception on your phone until you get to Hana. And, even there, only a few spots work (like near the Hana Museum). Bring a phone to car charger so that you can listen to music. Saying this, remember to disconnect from your mobile devices for the day.

The Logistics

Hana is located in the County of Maui, Hawaii, on the Northern shore of the island though it is refer as being in East Maui. Though it only has about 1,500 residents and is isolated from the rest of Maui, many tourists visit it each day. To access it, most people use the famous Road to Hana (technically Hana Highway) which is a 52 mile-winding road with lots of bridges and turns. Hana also has its own small airport, the Hana Airport, located at 700 Alalele Road in Hana.

Hana is about 12 square miles (10 sq. mi. for land and 2 for sea). The exact coordinates are 20° 46′ 12″ N in latitude and 155° 59′ 39″ W in longitude.

The Weather

The average temperature throughout the year is about 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day time and 68 at night. Being on the Northern shore of Maui, it receives more rain than the more popular South side (like Kihei), about 6.5 mm of rain per month. If you would like to know the current weather in Hana, we invite you to visit our Weather Page.

The History

It is said that the town Hana was started between 500 and 800 AD by Polynesian travelers. In 1849, George Wilfong established the first sugar cane plantation. Though the sugar cane industry first grew rapidly, it eventually disappeared by the mid 1,900's. Most workers then moved to other parts of Maui and even other Hawaiian islands for work.

One saving grace was the opening of the Hotel Travaasa in Hana which was originally named Ka-'uiki Inn. This was the first step towards tourism for the town of Hana.

The Road To Hana

Location & Description

Hana Road (technically Hana Highway) is located alongside the Hana Coast on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii (USA). That is on the eastern part of Maui between the communities of Kahului and Hana. There are about 52 miles between the two towns. This does not seem much but take into consideration that there are about 620 curves on the road and 59 bridges! It can be still be a fun and wonderful drive especially because there are many areas where you can stop and visit (primarily waterfalls and swimming holes). But you need to prepare for the drive; have food, water, change of clothes, bathing suits, towels, etc. Count on between 2 and 4 hours of driving.

This is possibly the most beautiful scenic route in the world. On one side, you have the Pacific Ocean with various terrains from black sandy beaches to rocky shore. On the other side is a tropical rain forest with fauna and flora including waterfalls. The images on the right side of this page are views you will see when going to Hana. Fun Fact: Hana Road was made a National Register of Historic Place on June of 2001.

Mile Markers

Along the road, you will notice mile markers (sometimes hidden in the ever growing vegetation). Those are very important on Hana Road as they mark the location of some incredible spots where you should stop and experience from world famous waterfalls to rainforest trails and out-of-this world swimming holes. In truth, you could almost stop at every marker and see something cool but then your trip would take days! Here are just a few markers often listed in tourism books:

- Mile 10 - Garden of Eden and Botanical Arboretum. You may remember the opening scene of Jurassic Park. Yes, it was filmed here.
- Mile 11 - Lower Puohokamoa Falls (130 feet-tall)
- Mile 22 - Pua'a Ka'a State Park (swimming holes and waterfalls with great walking trails)
- Mile 32 - Waianapanapa State Park (known for its incredible black sandy beach)

or Seven Scared Pools (more natural pools and waterfalls)
- Mile 45 - Wailua Falls (simply incredible)

Along the way, you may see side road merchants selling fresh fruit from their land or bake goods but this can be sporadic so make sure to bring food and water with you.

We look forward to seeing you in Hana!