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22 travel diary...road 2 hana


One of our fav memories is our trip to beautiful Maui. Along it’s rugged eastern coastline is one of the last unspoiled Hawaiian regions, the Road to Hana. It makes for a long (there is a reason they sell ‘I SURVIVED THE ROAD TO HANA’ tees) but amazing day in which you will see stunning waterfalls, unique flora and fauna around every turn, breathtaking seascapes, misty mountains, and inviting beaches. No accomplishment feels better than a day of adventure. Plan to hike, swim, eat fresh food, take hundreds of photos, and fall in love!

Our 10 tips 2 make Hana an amazing experience… 

  1. Plan on making an entire day of it. The drive can take you from 2 to 4 hours. More if you want to stop and literally smell the roses. Start early so you can get back before dark. Hold off on making dinner reservations because the island will decide your schedule on this day. Also check the weather forecast (the road does close when the wind is excessive).

 2. Rent a jeep and take the top off but be prepared to put it back on at some point. Rain is likely along the way but don’t be afraid to get a little wet. Remember it’s an adventure.

3. Appoint the experienced driver of your group to handle the 620 hairpin turns and 59 one lane bridges of the Hana Highway (HI-360). 

4. Wear comfortable clothes, shoes to hike in, a hat, and take a swimsuit or wear it under your clothes. Bring beach towels for swimming and/or rain. And don’t forget the safe, deet-free, natural bug spray and natural, bio-degradable sunscreen (we want to keep your body safe from harmful toxins as well as the environment you’re exploring). Also take something for motion sickness (just-in-case). We prefer ginger essential oil or dried ginger capsules. Use your phone for photos and emergencies. Leave the social media interaction for when you get back to the hotel room at night or better yet after you get back to the mainland. If you can't unplug here...well you know.

 5. Stop at Kū’au Store (1 mile past Paia, the gateway to the Hana Highway) to get supplies for the day…water, snacks, picnic lunch + portable cooler. The Ohe'o Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools) is a great place to have a picnic.

 6. Stop at the snack shacks along the way for fresh fruit and coconut. It is delicious, good for you, and you will be supporting the local economy.                                                                                                      

7. Stop often to take photos and hike. 

8. Go all the way to Ohe'o Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools) past the town of Hana and into Haleakala National Park. Hike all the way up the mountain to experience more waterfalls if you have time.

9. We hate to be Debby Downers but do heed posted warnings. From trespassing to flash floods, warnings are posted for a reason, use common sense. Do lock your car doors and don’t leave valuables in the car.

10. When you come back through Hana, do stop at the quaint local Hasegawa General Store and treat yourself to a delicious gourmet Root Beer or other fun beverage. Also buy a little bottle of Maui Neem Oil. It is a multi-purpose oil that aids in healing and nourishing skin.

ALOHA

Taylor + Stephany + Barb 

ONE OF THE 59 ONE LANE BRIDGES 2 CROSS
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WAIKAMOI RIDGE TRAIL
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WAILUA FALLS
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WAILUA FALLS 
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BAMBOO FOREST
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KEANAE VALLEY
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KEANAE VALLEY
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KEANAE VALLEY
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BANYAN TREE
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PAINTED BARK EUCALYPTUS TREES
(you won't believe your eyes)
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PAINTED BARK EUCALYPTUS TREE
(did we fall down the rabbit hole with Alice?)
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HANA BEACH PARK
(we saw a pod of dolphins playing in this bay)
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TRAIL 2 OHE'O GULCH (SEVEN SACRED POOLS)
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TRAIL 2 OHE'O GULCH (SEVEN SACRED POOLS)
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OHE'O GULCH (SEVEN SACRED POOLS)
(no, it's not a hollywood movie set, it's that perfect!)
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OHE'O GULCH (SEVEN SACRED POOLS)
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OHE'O GULCH (SEVEN SACRED POOLS)
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OHE'O GULCH (SEVEN SACRED POOLS)
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OHE'O GULCH (SEVEN SACRED POOLS)
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THE LAST POOL
(grey sharks hang out around this outlet and sometimes even make their way into this pool...can you blame them?)
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BRIDGE ABOVE OHE'O GULCH (SEVEN SACRED POOLS)
“No alien land in all the world has any deep strong charm for me but that one, no other land could so longingly and so beseechingly haunt me, sleeping and waking, through half a lifetime, as that one has done. Other things leave me, but it abides; other things change, but it remains the same. For me the balmy airs are always blowing, its summer seas flashing in the sun; the pulsing of its surfbeat is in my ear; I can see its garlanded crags, its leaping cascades, its plumy palms drowsing by the shore, its remote summits floating like islands above the cloud wrack; I can feel the spirit of its wildland solitudes, I can hear the splash of its brooks; in my nostrils still lives the breath of flowers that perished twenty years ago.”
-Mark Twain on Hawaii
Share your 'Road 2 Hana' experience in the comments below!

5 comments


  • Marlynn at UrbanBlissLife

    Excellent tips and fun photos! I did the road to Hana in my 20s, and then my family and I did an abbreviated trip a few years back. Comfy clothes and snacks are definitely important with kids on the trip!


  • kristine

    Hawaii is one of our favorite places to visit. Hana is on our bucketlist next time we are there. Thanks for sharing all the tips!!


  • Liv

    Hawaii is on my bucket list!! They had fresh coconut when I was in Mexico – and it was amazing. It looks like you had so much fun!


  • Bridget-The Recipe Wench

    So awesome you got to go there! Although I lived in Hawaii (Oahu), and visited Maui, I’ve never been on the road to Hana. Your post is super helpful. Adding this trip to my list!


  • Kari

    I’d love to visit the Road 2 Hana! It looks so gorgeous!!
    Kari
    www.sweetteasweetie.com


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