The Road to Hana is the crown-jewel of Hawaiian driving tours. Plan to spend at least half a day driving through the lush tropical rainforest, viewing dramatic ocean vistas, and visiting countless waterfalls and pools. With 600 turns along a mountain's edge, this drive is not for the faint-hearted or easily car sick.
BEFORE THE ROAD TO HANA
PAIA TOWN AND THE HO'OKIPA LOOKOUT
Make sure you've fueled up and the car is packed with plenty of snacks. We like to stop by Mana Foods grocery store in Paia Town in the morning to grab fruits, snacks, and a few bottles of water. After Paia Town, head to the Ho’Okipa lookout to catch a glimpse of massive rolling waves and world class surfers.
The Road to Hana is all about the journey — so take your time, enjoy the drive, and don’t rush. Oh yeah, and download this app: GyPSy Guide Road to Hana Tour. Because cell phone service is very limited on this journey — this app’s realtime audio tour is a great resource that guides you along your drive. The app tells you about so many additional stops that are not covered here in this guide.
The Garden of Eden is a immaculately maintained garden with great ocean views, all kinds of photo opportunities, an art gallery, visitor center, and views of inaccessible waterfalls. There is an admission fee of $15 a person — and there’s plenty of other beautiful vegetation and free hikes if you decide not to stop here.
A photogenic and popular set of falls right off of the Hana Highway. Most folks drive up and snap a photo and drive off – mainly because there are few places to stop and park. If you’d like more than a drive-by view, you should drive about 1/10 mile past the falls – there is a small parking area.
We usually only drive to the halfway point before we drive back towards Paia Town. The Road to Hana is all about the journey, so there is no dramatic ending waiting for you at the finale. Feel free to continue driving, explore black sand beaches, and check out all of the other wonderful hikes and waterfalls before you arrive at the very small town of Hana.