The magnificent past of Maui reveals that during the regime of powerful Chieftains, rulers of the island, roads were not necessary. In ancient days, land was in stretches i.e. alaloa which used to run down from mountains to the ocean. The islanders used to commute between villages by canoe from one stretch of beach to another.
When Maui’s King Piilani conquered East Maui and brought Hana under his rule, built the first inland path from East Maui to West Maui.
Although, it was just a footpath but it marked the beginning of creating a system of roads in Maui. Later, Piilani’s son, Kihapiilani, extended the alaloa into the Hana District.
Actual road construction started in the early 1900s and the full road to Hana became operational on December 18, 1926.
Specialty and importance of Hana Highway
The Hana belt road retains a high level of historic integrity and character and is a remnant of Maui’s “belt” i.e. Around the Hana island road system.
Since the historic portion of the road to Hana i.e. Hana belt road is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, it is relatively unaltered in its historic setting and character that includes its location, width, alignment, structures, scenery and vistas.
Driving on the road to Hana
In its present shape and structure driving on the Road to Hana, you will have an experience of a lifetime with amazing views of a serpentine road lined with tumbling waterfalls, lush slopes, rugged coasts and serious hairpin turns.
The Hana highway aka “The Road to Hana” stretched to 52 miles is certain to give you exhausting and many times harrowing time with 617 hairpin curves and 59 unforgiving yet curious one-lane bridges.
Due to an incredible number of blind spots along the way in Maui, the Hana Highway is aptly dubbed as The Divorce Highway.
All along on the road to Hana, you will feel mesmerized by the incredibly beautiful waterfalls, local handmade jewelry, fragrant flowers and leis. The fresh pineapple and banana bread will not allow you to simply move ahead without having a bite into them.
You will also discover and relish host of other Hawaiian culinary delights at the roadside stands.
All along the way
As you start moving on the road to Hana i.e. Hana Highway after getting down at Kahului Airport, you will be amazed by the creativity of nature. With waterfalls popping up all over the road to Hana, you can experience awesome scenic beauty while on road to Hana.
The awesome natural beauty of Twin falls, Garden Of Eden Arboretum can be experienced in the beginning of journey. Progressing further there is the Hana Lava Tube that provides self guided cave tour. With the handrails and comfortable temperature make this activity fun, safe, and easy for visitors of all ages.
Wai’anapanapa State Park is famous for two impressive lava-tube caves, hiking trails and a stunning black sand beach. The historic Sophia’s Church marks your arrival into Hana.
The most popular tourists’ attraction is Wailua falls i.e. the Three Bears Fall with waterfall cascading 80 feet down the side of a lush jungle. On the road to Hana, you cannot afford to miss Hamoa Beach that has been consistently named one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
In the last stretch of Hana highway, the Koki beach is famous for its dark, red sand.
Your visit to Maui is never complete without travelling on the road to Hana to have a memorable lifetime experience.