Snacks and sights on the Road to Hana

This scenic highway has plenty to offer travelers.
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There's plenty to see, eat and do on the Road to Hana.There’s plenty to see, eat and do on the Road to Hana.

Maui’s Road to Hana is a scenic highway that spans over 60 miles of gorgeous Hawaiian landscape. Although you’ll need at least a day to travel this road properly, it will definitely be worth it – you’ll pass plenty of stop-worthy sights and stands along the way. The infographic above gives you some of the most delicious reasons to head out from your Maui beach rental and down the Road to Hana – here are some of the most beautiful stops:

Twin Falls – Mile 2

Your very first stop on your journey should be to check out Twin Falls. As the name suggests, there are two main waterfalls to explore here. However, there are a number of smaller falls and swimming pools worth visiting as well. If you can, dedicate a few hours to this stop – that way you’ll have plenty of time to hike, climb and take a dip in this absolutely stunning area. This stop will encourage lots and lots of play, which means once you hit the road again, you’ll be totally ready to get some shaved ice at the Huelo Lookout a few miles down the road.

Garden of Eden Arboretum – Mile 10

Maui’s Garden of Eden was designed to bring the island’s native flora back to its original life and glory. It has certainly accomplished its goal – this arboretum has 26 acres’ worth of trails and gardens for you to stroll through and enjoy. In addition to the plant life, the Garden of Eden offers plenty of stunning views of the beach and island. Once you’ve enjoyed the Ka Haku Smoke Shack’s chicken plate, you should have all the energy you’ll need to discover the garden’s most beautiful surprises. 

Honomanu Bay – Mile 14

“Honomanu Bay is absolutely idyllic.”

Mile 14 and the Honomanu Bay give you the chance to get out of the car, stretch your legs and take in the gorgeous view of the bay below. Nestled inside a lush green valley, Honomanu Bay is absolutely idyllic from a distance. That said, it’s more photogenic than it is practical – although it’s possible to get down to the beach, it probably isn’t worth your time. The beach itself is rocky and difficult to lay in, and it’s not a great swimming spot, either. Think of this one as a photo op only. 

Pua’a Ka’a State Wayside Park – Mile 22

For the perfect natural swimming pool experience, make a stop at the Pua’a Ka’a State Wayside Park. This park has plenty of small waterfalls to see, but the real draw is the opportunities to splash around. The falls create a natural spot to jump into the waters below, making this park a great way to spend a few hours on the second half of your drive. Like the Twin Falls, you’re bound to use plenty of energy while you’re here. Recharge with some coconut candy at the Nahiku Marketplace down the road when you’re all done. 

Hana Lava Tube – Mile 31

At the Hana Lava Tube, you can go on a self-led tour of a volcanic cave. This is a great way to get a glimpse of Maui’s natural history, and to see firsthand how the lava flows that created the island have shaped its geography. Although you do need to be in decent physical shape to explore these caves, you don’t need any special equipment. The site is also equipped with handrails to give you an extra layer of security.