Summer is right around the corner and Maui adventure is waiting. You have heard of the iconic Road to Hana with approximately 600 curves and 54 bridges, so we are sure that you have asked yourself a few times, “is it really worth it?” In our resident opinion, of course the natural beauty of the seemingly untouched landscape is worth the drive! From the glimpses of rushing waterfalls to the to-die-for banana bread in Keanae, what better way to get to know Hawaii than to experience all that she has to offer? So if you are looking for things to do in Maui and destination Hana makes it on the itinerary, we have a few tips to keep in mind before you hit the road.
Grab a Picnic Lunch
For most, the journey begins early in the morning in the unique beach town of Paia. Having a picnic lunch is almost essential for this road trip and the many ono (delicious) eateries of the area makes for the perfect fuel. Hana Picnic Lunch Company makes it especially easy to grab breakfast and lunch on the go with the option to call ahead or even order online. And while you are fueling up for your day, be sure to give your car some of that too. Once past Paia, there are next to no gas stations until you’ve reached your destination. So load up the cooler, top off your tank, and settle in for a scenic drive through the island’s lush east side.
Plan to Stay Overnight
With so much to do and so much to see, it is almost impractical to try to pack everything into one day. Plus, if you are planning on going around the entire east side of the island, travel time might be longer than expected with all the stops. So staying the night in Hana town offers more time to actually enjoy it versus rushing to see as much as you can before the sun goes down.
There are a number of Maui lodging options that range from incredibly affordable to luxurious, and they each offer the opportunity to enjoy this tropical escape for just a little longer. Wainapanapa State Park is most ideal for the outdoorsy type and allows you a closer connection with the Hawaiian elements. With a black sand beach mere minutes from your cabin and gentle rainfall almost every night, simply drift asleep to the peaceful sounds of Hawaii and rest up for another exciting day.
Don’t Plan Any Other Activities for the Same Day
Whether you are just going for a day trip or heading out after staying the night, make sure to have a clear agenda all the way until the evening. Being pressed for time is not the relaxing experience you would want while on a Maui vacation and there a number of things that could keep you from that deadline. Getting caught up in nature is definitely one of them and you are not the only car on the road to and from Hana.
It is also important to keep in mind that this road can bring you closer to heaven in more ways than one and above everything make sure that safety is at the top of your list. Keep an eye on the weather reports and plan to leave well before it gets dark. With that in mind, when you do it right you are sure to experience all the things to see on the road to Hana and then some!
And if you happen to be on your way back strolling through Paia, stop on by the Wings Hawaii store - we would love to hear all about your Hana adventure.