Driving Maui’s Road to Hana

The Road to Hana is the most celebrated drive in Hawaii. This winding highway reveals the wild, untouched beauty of the Maui’s east side. Start on Route 36 from Pa’ia in north Maui, following the road as it hugs the coastline through lush jungle, plunging waterfalls, and tropical attractions. Continue past Hana where the highway becomes Route 360 and follow the rugged backside of Haleakala Volcano. This portion has an outdated reputation of being nothing but  treacherous, gravel roads. It may narrow and be curvy at points, but the backside is now mostly paved and was the highlight of our vacation.  Click here to discover our One-Week Adventure Itinerary to Maui»

The Road to Hana may seem daunting at first, but the following tips will make your journey easier:

  • Leave early
  • Fill up on gas
  • Plan your must-sees ahead of time
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Expect to lose cell phone service
  • Pack provisions
  • Don’t leave valuables in the car
  • Parking is limited at many stops
  • Know where to find the public restrooms
  • Return via the backside of Hana (if permitted in car rental agreement)

What’s the most scenic route you’ve ever driven? Share your experience with other travelers below.

Lara Dalinsky
Lara Dalinsky

Lara was instilled with the travel bug at an early age and has visited over 25 countries. Her mother’s job as a flight attendant enabled a childhood of discovering the world. She recently relocated to Seoul, South Korea, where she hopes to explore some of Asia for the few couple of years. In addition to being the founding editor of En Route Traveler, Lara also works as a freelance graphic designer. In her spare time, she contributes as a Local Expert to AFAR, is an ambassador for FIG Clothing, enjoys vegetarian cuisine, instructs Zumba, practices yoga, dabbles in photography and, of course, travels as much as possible.





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