Congratulations on your interest into the Road to Hana on Maui. Whether you are on Maui now, or researching your vacation from home, this website and iPhone Application is geared to give you honest information that should help you find your way to an exciting adventure while exploring the Road to Hāna here on the island of Maui.
The Road to Hana on Maui is historically known as the Hāna Belt Road, and follows portions of the King’s Highway, also known as King Kihapi‘ilani Trail or even Kipapa o Kihapi‘ilani (the pavement of Kihapi‘ilani). The road is famous for its cliff clinging serpentine course and 74 historic one-way bridges, culverts and 600+ turns through the lush unspoiled rainforest of windward East Maui. The road provides scenic panoramic overlooks of the Pacific Ocean and numerous deep gulches while providing access to waterfalls, fresh water pools, mountain streams, beaches, botanical gardens, hiking trails, and ancient Hawaiian heiaus (temples).
The road is a magnificent achievement of engineering and still possesses its historic character and integrity with its original alignment, narrow roadbed, historic one-lane bridges, culverts, weirs and other features since it was first opened to the public in 1926 connecting the small isolated town of Hāna to central Maui.
Exploration of this website/blog will help you plan your trip to best suit your individual family, answer simple, frequently asked questions but most important of all, keep you, your family and friends safe and where you belong.
While traveling the Road to Hana on Maui is the highlight of many visitor’s vacations, it is not for all. It is an all day adventure and while exhilarating, it can be exhausting. A half day visit as far Ke’anae is a highly recommended alternative for some.
Visitors who live in beautiful places with rugged coastlines, waterfalls, rivers or streams see nothing special about the trip and are not happy with the long arduous drive. However, those who never get out of a cement city, live away from rugged coastlines, waterfalls, rivers or streams, will enjoy the eye-candy sites of the natural rainforest, rugged coastline, waterfalls, fresh water pools, vistas and views. The brave can enjoy primeval gut retching plunges into fresh water pools, while everyone can enjoy eating their way along the Road to Hāna on Maui at the same time. A little bit of everything for all including memories to last a lifetime.
Remember to Mālama Maui, stay safe while driving the Road to Hana on Maui and plan your journey well to have a memorable day.
Aloha oe pilialoha
(Safe Journey, Friend)