East Maui Destination Guide
A Maui must is the Road to Hāna, an epic adventure worthy of the Life List. The narrow highway clings to sheer cliffs marked by dozens of waterfalls, sweeping ocean panoramas and snapshot views of surfers and sea turtles far below.
We recommend calling ahead before visiting shops, restaurants and attractions to confirm hours of operation. Many businesses across the island have modified operations in response to the global crisis.
Motor on your own from Kahului to Hāna along the narrow 52-mile Road to Hāna — famed for its dizzying cliffside vistas, nearly 60 old school one-lane bridges and constant hairpin turns (at least 10 bends per mile) — and take in pristine Hawai’i at its best. Or join a one-day tour and let the pros do the driving. Then unwind in picturesque Hāna, a sleepy, far-flung hamlet. Pick up some Aunty Sandy’s snack shack banana bread, coconut candy and smoothies at Ke’anae near the church and picnic at a Waiʻānapanapa State Park black-sand beach. Or, continue another 10 miles to Kipahulu’s Pipiwai Trail and hike the four-mile round-trip for a look at 400-foot Waimoku Falls.
Hankering for some papaya, coconut, guava, pineapple and sweet-tart liliko’i (passionfruit)? Stop at a stand along the Road to Hāna and indulge in some fruit exotic fruit and local treats. Standbys include Aunty Sandy’s snack shack in Ke’anae and Coconut Glen’s organic vegan ice cream in Ha’iku. Pick up gourmet sandwiches, snacks and artisan goodies like homemade fudge at the resort’s MAKANA Market and Cafe or order a delectable MAKANA meal to-go in advance. It’s important to pack food and water for your road trip, in any case, since services are extremely limited along this remote drive.
A visit to peaceful, green and serene Hāna, set in the misty rolling hills along the ocean, is really about enjoying the laidback community’s natural beauty. Old-fashioned charming, this is a place to hunt for eclectic treasures or go to a bake sale. Try the Hasegawa General Store, Hāna Ranch Store and I Love Hāna Art Boutique.
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