Along Maui's rugged, eastern coastline is the quaint, unique town of Hana, which is considered one of the last unspoiled Hawaiian frontiers off the beaten path.
The world famous road to Hana is only 52 miles from Kahului; however, the drive can take between two to four hours to complete since it is a harrowing experience with narrow, one-lane bridges, hairpin turns, and incredible island views. The Hana Highway, HI-360, has 620 curves and 59 bridges. The road leads you through flourishing rainforests, flowing waterfalls, plunging pools, and dramatic seascapes.
Historic St. Sophia’s Church marks your arrival into Hana, where the pastures closely approach the main street. The historic Travaasa Hana is a luxurious retreat in this village rooted in Hawaiian tradition.
Browse the Hasegawa General Store and Hana Ranch Store for unique souvenirs and all of your food needs. Swim and sunbathe at Hana Beach Park or Hamoa Beach, cited by author James Michener as the most beautiful beach in the Pacific. Snorkel, fish, or hike at Wai’anapanapa State Park, a beautiful and remote black sand beach. Although difficult to reach, Kaihalulu Beach is a calm, secluded red sand beach with good snorkeling. It is reached only by careful hiking. Or visit Hale Piilani temple, or heaiu. Hale Piilani, located in Kahanu Gardens, is Hawaii’s largest temple. The Kahanu Gardens is one of the five National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Hawaii.
Hana is a close-knit, family community. There are botanical gardens, parks, and waterfalls. There is one preschool, two public elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.
There are Catholic, Congregational, and Latter-day Saints Churches in Hana. The beauty of Hana may inspire many people to explore their spiritual side.
The homes range from starter homes to multi-million dollar estates. The land in Hana is breathtaking and leaves most with the desire to return.